Thanks for this thread Barbara!
In 2012, I plan to be a person who makes wiser choices in my craft spending. I will bite the bullet and pay a little more for a few things that I really want (ie: dies and embossing folders) instead of spending a ton of money on a lot of stuff that I buy because it's cheap or because I have a coupon. No more wandering through Michaels or JoAnn's looking for something to buy with my coupon. If these stores don't have something on my want list, my coupon and I will leave empty handed. In the long run, I think I'll spend less and be happier with my purchases.
One thing I did this past Black Friday was "window shop" online. I followed links to a lot of the sale places, put items in my cart and then went on to another site to do the same--all without hitting the "checkout" button. Online window shopping let me see what products were available at each of the stores and it also allowed me to get a little "shopping" out of my system without actually spending money. (WARNING: this technique might not work for those who are unable to stop their finger from hitting the checkout button! LOL)
I also signed up for the 2012 Stamp & Scrap on a Budget challenge in Splitcoast's challenge thread. I'm hoping it will keep me accountable for staying within my budget--which is pretty much non-existent at the moment.