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Old 07-05-2011, 03:22 PM   #28
Barbara Jay
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 4,174

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.
"I have not failed . I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" --Thomas A. Edison
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