I started as a scrapbooker. We had dogs, but no kids. I still made lots of scrapbook pages. But I alwasy thoguth stampers, with all their "stuff" seemed pretty weird. So I happily cut with my wavy scissors, stuck my stickers, etc., and avoided the stamps. I think I had one pigment pad and a paw print stamp, but it always smeared.
Then I met a friend at work who was a stamper. She had a workshop. I went to be polite. I decided to make DD's birthday party invites, so I bought Pretty Princess, some Cameo Coral paper and a basic black pad. And got hooked. She became a demo, and I budgeted $50 a month for SU things to satisfy my wish list. Sometimes I even came close to just spending $50.
Now, I buy what I need, and have a good idea of what I like and will use. I have an entire room that's devoted to my crafts, and that's just how I like it.
Save your drama for your llama.