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Old 12-29-2011, 04:01 PM   #21
flash&rusty
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I tried and failed miserably in the Cold Turkey department last year. I started out great, but when I fell off that wagon, boy did I fall far and hard! So, this year, I am going to have a much more reasonable expectation for myself. I realize that I will not be able to completely stop spending - sometimes I need a paper for a specific subject (hockey based or football based paper, graduation paper, etc.), other times I need a specific embellishment for the same reason. My goal this year is to limit my spending to those types of purchases - something I really do need because I don't have it in my stash. No more "ooh, isn't that pretty, I should probably buy it because it might be gone". If it's gone, it's gone - something else just as pretty will invariably come along.

One thing I did do really well this year was to shop and create with my stash. I'm going to spend this year doing that again, and at the end of the year, I am going to purge the rest of it - I will have spend 2 full years trying to pare down that stash, and if I haven't used it up by the end of December 2012, then I probably never will. Also, I will be more vigilant looking for alterable items that are either somehow free or extremely inexpensive - I want to expand my offerings for my church's craft bazaar.

Good luck to everyone on their goals, and Happy New Year!
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