DianneB - I agree with Melissa, that is such a tribute to you. Some women are mothers even when they don't give birth to their children - you, my friend, are one of those - while others give birth and are NEVER mothers. It may be an odd family but we don't necessarily get to chose our families, do we.
Melissa - It's OK that you spent money for something like that. From your description you needed it AND you saved that much again so I say WOO HOO for you!!! As I said, I can't say that I've actually set a budget other than to say only purchase what I NEED. Since I have not signed up for any more swaps until 1 due in March I'm good (and I know I have plenty of stuff to make those cards). I still get to get my craft shopping fix, kinda, because I am in a birthday swap where I have to spend at least $10 on craft goodies each month & send them to the birthday girl, except for December - that is the month I get gifties. No it's not my birthday but mine was already taken & I figured what better time than Christmas to get gifties, if not my birthday or anniversary months.
My moto for 2017...Do what you need to do. Count what you want to count. Enjoy the process.