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Old 07-01-2011, 06:33 AM   #3
maryrose
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Great thread, Mary Beth!

I've been tracking every purchase I make for everything (even that Starbucks coffee!) for the last two years. It was easy to look up.

Here's my stamp/papercraft related total for the past six months: $272.99

Here's my needleart related craft total: $121.80

I've cut way back in the past few years, and here's how:

*I gave up my SU demo status. It was just too tempting to add a little something for myself to an order, or bump up an order to another level to get hostess benefits. Now, my purchases are very carefully planned out, and most of the time, I find I can make do without.

*I stay out of Archivers, Mike's, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. They never really have what I want anyway, but it seems impossible to leave empty-handed when you have a coupon.

*I limit what companies I purchase from to my top five favorites.

*When a company releases a new stamp set that I love, I try to see if I can come up with something similar from my twelve year stash!

*I splurge a little on cheap expendables like paper and buttons and ribbons, but think a long time about adding another stamp set to my collection.

If money was not an object, I'd be signing up today to be a demo again!
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