I keep all receipts for everything including groceries in an envelope and I keep them for one year. If I have to return something it is a problem without a receipt.
I thought I was doing well on the spending side since I have decided against buying numerous things both in stores and on-line
I went back and tallied all of my craft purchases from the receipts and my CC statement.
I spent quite a bit more than I guessed.
When I went over my budget one month I would tell myself that I would deduct it from next month's budget, but I didn't do that .
Plus the little $3-5 purchases some how slipped my mind. They really add up !
So-o-o-o I now have a little 2 & 1/2" x 4" notebook in my purse and I will note every purchase "as I buy them" so I can see at a glance what I have spent.
I have all the basic equipment now so I have set a very low craft budget. I don't plan to completely stop buying , but I need to be "much more" disciplined and stay within budget .
This thread is great and a real eye opener as to craft spending.