Monday, May 27, 2013

A "No Spend" June ... Is It Possible??

I'm back from vacation and had an absolute blast! My husband and I spent 4 days in Las Vegas and enjoyed two shows, tons of amazing food and lots of quality time together. I took hundreds of photos, so I've definitely got several scrap-worthy shots to work with now :)

Before leaving on vacation, I decided to cancel my two subscriptions with Studio Calico. There were numerous reasons why I chose to cancel and I won't bother getting into them here. Eventually I'm planning to sign up for the Simon Says Stamp card kit but, for now, not having any monthly subscriptions is a huge blessing. My scrapbook stash is a bit out of control at the moment and the LAST thing I need is more product being sent my way!

Everyone is different and I know there are ladies out there who enjoy having a huge stash to work with and who thrive when they are surrounded by lots of creative options, but I've come to the realization that I am not one of them. The more choices I have, the more time I waste sorting through papers and trying to narrow down embellishments. For me, less is more.

To help me use up some of my stash, I've decided to try a "no spend" June. My goal is to spend absolutely nothing on scrapbooking supplies from June 1st to June 30th. No new supplies (not even adhesives!), no classes - not a penny. Given my past spending habits, this will certainly be quite a challenge for me but I am confident that I can do it!

Today I'm asking for your input on establishing a monthly scrappy budget. I won't ask you to divulge exactly how much you spend on supplies and workshops each month, but I would very much appreciate if you'd share how you stick to your budget and what kind of spending system works best for you. For example - do you spend a little each month or do you wait and put in larger, more expensive orders every few months, etc?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give :)

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  1. Glad you visited Las Vegas, this is where I live and I love this city!
    No spend June sounds like a great plan, I wish I can do that, I am addicted to PTI and have to make a purchase every month when their new release is out, I go to Michael's once in a while when I need the necessity, but then I will pick up a few more items that was not on the plan, well, I spent about 100 a month on scrapping supplies on a regular basis, I don't know is that a lot or little, I guess everyone is different.

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    1. Kirsty, Las Vegas was so much fun! I can't wait to go back. :)
      Yes that's the problem with Michael's ... you go in looking for one or two specific things and leave with a bag full of stuff. I don't know how that happens lol !!

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  2. Stephanie, I know what you mean about less is more. Personally I used to take SOOO much time digging thru supplies I did NOTHING! That is when I started getting a monthly kit, it worked for me and was only $30 a month, it kept me scrapping, out of the stores AND I felt like it was Christmas when the kit arrived...however, I got backlogged (I joined for over 5 years though and it worked!) with supplies and half used kits...so I haven't gotten one since last Fall...I am spending less and I am forcing myself to use up one kit and then I buy a little something new...I go to two big scrap events each year and do tend to spend around $100 each on those for supplies (not that I need but want!) but I go to one in two weeks and I am going to cut that in half as I have not met my goals for using up stash. In my opinion having "kits" to work with prevents a lot of wasted time when created and it saves on money too as you can see how things work together in your stash. I also think setting goals for using up stuff (I leave it on my desk and don't put it away so I will not forget about it) and then rewarding yourself is a good option. I personally have cut down my stash by about a 1/4 and have spent 1/2 as much as last year so far!

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    1. I agree - having kits prevents a lot of wasted time. The problem for me was I'd use my monthly kits because they were so convenient and the rest of my stash would sit unused and untouched. I think I'll put together a few kits using things in my stash, that should help me get through June :)

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  3. Wow! This is a challenge!!! I would say that I def have cut back on what I'm spending on scrapping supplies within the last year. I used to teach at a store that gave me 40% off everything - so I spent tons of money as things were so cheap for me!! Now, I've moved from there and no longer teach at that store. I would say I really have cut back to about 75$ a month or so. Sometimes more, sometimes way less. It all depends on what I need (think I need!!) and what I'm going to do with it. I used to buy stuff just because it was so pretty and it was on trend...but then would never use it as it just wasn't my style - now I've pulled in the reins a bit and only buy stuff when I know what I want to do with it. It's still a hard challenge everyday - and really - if I stay away from stores and on-line stores - it makes things so much easier!!! Also - the shipping to Canada has gotten out of hand so that makes it easier to say no!!!

    Hope this helps!

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    1. Jody, I used to work in a scrapbook store too and I know ALLLLLLL about the employee discount lol. My boss used to joke that she should start paying me in product instead of wasting time writing out a paycheck since I spent most of my money there anyway lol.

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  4. hi there. I think you first have to understand what kind of Artist/Crafter you are. I personally am not a trend person. I buy what I like and if it is trend, that is okay. I hang with people here on the net that have a wide range of spending habits- so I do see their likes and dislikes enough to understand if I like it or not. I use to want a monthly "budget" but have come to understand that my Husband has to sometimes put my art down 7th or 10th place on the list. I have a few luxuries but keep very low key tools on hand{like using mostly Elmers basic white glue that we purchase for a gallon/$20.00-ish every 3 or 4 months}. For my paint I try to buy mis-mixed house paint in small containers{yes I do have a lot of 2oz bottles as well}.These days I am more into mixed-media/altering but also scrapbook.I recycle most things. When I scrapbooked regularly there were times I ran out of adhesives, so went to the sewing machine or hand sewing to adhere elements onto pages. I would have to go look at last months receipts but I think it was somewhere around $15.00. I keep all my receipts to any thing I buy art related{from July 1st through June 30th each year and it amazes me just how little I spend, I also include in those receipts shipping and shipping supplies}. I have a Big Shot only because my art buddies got together at Christmas and got me one with a huge gift certificate to mostly buy dies and folders. For the most part I do not buy classes, if I run across one that I really like I might try to buy it. I am confident in my talent and I share it on Ustream and others share their talents so we learn from one another. I recently started "following" Prima after falling in like with their Almanac and Nature Garden collections and went through my supplies and created to the best of my abilities like items. Before I throw anything out I look at it and try to find a use for it. A good idea is to window shop... have your detailed list and go to the store and get the price{if there is a sale on that item-look at the tag for date of end of sale, mark it down- - take no money of any kind with you}.Stick to what is on the list. On occasion my Hubs will give me random cash and I have to decide if the things I buy will be thought out or just free for all. I am here from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! xo