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    Anybody else want to slow down on their spending? Today,

    1. we ate lunch at home before going to town today which we usually don't ..so we saved
    2. Stopped in Hancocks, saved 40% on everything I bought.
    3. Ate supper at home, quite contently.
    4. Gave my dh a haircut, saved.

    How do you save? Anyone else interested in this?

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    Mostly I spent today...went to a fabric store we've seen for years and never got to, and went to a rubber stamp/scrapbook show. However, we packed our lunch and ate in a small park we found. Also ate supper in the car coming home. At least that was something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomp116
    Mostly I spent today...went to a fabric store we've seen for years and never got to, and went to a rubber stamp/scrapbook show. However, we packed our lunch and ate in a small park we found. Also ate supper in the car coming home. At least that was something!
    that is something my dh and I talk about doing, packing a lunch and eating at a roadside park. We need to implement this instead of just stopping in at mcd's. A little roadside picnic, how quaint is that

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomp116
    Mostly I spent today...went to a fabric store we've seen for years and never got to, and went to a rubber stamp/scrapbook show. However, we packed our lunch and ate in a small park we found. Also ate supper in the car coming home. At least that was something!
    that is something my dh and I talk about doing, packing a lunch and eating at a roadside park. We need to implement this instead of just stopping in at mcd's. A little roadside picnic, how quaint is that

    :lol:

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    This was a spend, spend two days, Yesterday at 5:30 AM got on bus and headed to APWQ Show in Tacoma Had a great time saw lots of quilts, got some great "to try" ideas, and spent to much NOT on fabric, I promised myself when I left for the bus No fabric but I did stock up on thread, needles and more bobbins for my Tin Lizzie, more needles for my Janome, found 5 new patterns, some killer hand cream that does not stain paper or fabric, a new template to go with one of the new patterns, and two very worn out feet. LOL! ON the way back to Wenatchee (3 1/2 hr trip) We were all comparing what we had picked up at the show and I said I was sorry I could not find any one carrying Rytane(SP?) That I would like to try it. One of the other passangers said you could get it at "The Fabric Patch", LQS in Ephrata my friend Betty told me that would also be a great place to look for the oriental fabric I wanted to use in one of my new quilt patterns So I asked her "Do you want to go to Ephrata tomarrow?" She said sure so this AM at 8:00 we met in the same parking lot the bus droped us off at last night at about 7:00 PM Drove to Ephrata (about 75 min. from Wenatchee) spent a lovely 2 hrs just looking and spending too much, $246.43 latter I left the shop with fabric for one oriental Quilt top, Rytane(SP?) Yardage of 2 stone patterns fabric, 1 wood pattern fabric, 1 white burch pattern fabric, 1 bamboo pattern fabric, 2 lg pieces of batic, 1 template, a book on art quilt techniques, and a non slip product for my rulers. All told in two days not counting cost of bus, food, gas for my car, lodging, I spent the night with my Mom-in-law. My hobby cost me $589.33 I just finished adding up my recipts. If this keeps up I will have to get a job to suport my hobbie! LOL! The prices were very reasonable at The Fabric Patch, and I am set for the winter now.(until the next show comes up! Or the Shop Hop that starts here in Sept! HA! HA! HA!

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    Be careful if you decide to spread out a quilt on the grass at rest areas on the thruways. The first time my children and I did this, un be knownst to us, we had set up our picnic in the doggy relieving area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj
    This was a spend, spend two days, Yesterday at 5:30 AM got on bus and headed to APWQ Show in Tacoma Had a great time saw lots of quilts, got some great "to try" ideas, and spent to much NOT on fabric, I promised myself when I left for the bus No fabric but I did stock up on thread, needles and more bobbins for my Tin Lizzie, more needles for my Janome, found 5 new patterns, some killer hand cream that does not stain paper or fabric, a new template to go with one of the new patterns, and two very worn out feet. LOL! ON the way back to Wenatchee (3 1/2 hr trip) We were all comparing what we had picked up at the show and I said I was sorry I could not find any one carrying Rytane(SP?) That I would like to try it. One of the other passangers said you could get it at "The Fabric Patch", LQS in Ephrata my friend Betty told me that would also be a great place to look for the oriental fabric I wanted to use in one of my new quilt patterns So I asked her "Do you want to go to Ephrata tomarrow?" She said sure so this AM at 8:00 we met in the same parking lot the bus droped us off at last night at about 7:00 PM Drove to Ephrata (about 75 min. from Wenatchee) spent a lovely 2 hrs just looking and spending too much, $246.43 latter I left the shop with fabric for one oriental Quilt top, Rytane(SP?) Yardage of 2 stone patterns fabric, 1 wood pattern fabric, 1 white burch pattern fabric, 1 bamboo pattern fabric, 2 lg pieces of batic, 1 template, a book on art quilt techniques, and a non slip product for my rulers. All told in two days not counting cost of bus, food, gas for my car, lodging, I spent the night with my Mom-in-law. My hobby cost me $589.33 I just finished adding up my recipts. If this keeps up I will have to get a job to suport my hobbie! LOL! The prices were very reasonable at The Fabric Patch, and I am set for the winter now.(until the next show comes up! Or the Shop Hop that starts here in Sept! HA! HA! HA!
    Oh what a wonderful time! You gotta have some fun in life! Good thing I didn't live close by, I would have went with you!
    I like saving so I can spend when the mood hits me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj
    This was a spend, spend two days, Yesterday at 5:30 AM got on bus and headed to APWQ Show in Tacoma Had a great time saw lots of quilts, got some great "to try" ideas, and spent to much NOT on fabric, I promised myself when I left for the bus No fabric but I did stock up on thread, needles and more bobbins for my Tin Lizzie, more needles for my Janome, found 5 new patterns, some killer hand cream that does not stain paper or fabric, a new template to go with one of the new patterns, and two very worn out feet. LOL! ON the way back to Wenatchee (3 1/2 hr trip) We were all comparing what we had picked up at the show and I said I was sorry I could not find any one carrying Rytane(SP?) That I would like to try it. One of the other passangers said you could get it at "The Fabric Patch", LQS in Ephrata my friend Betty told me that would also be a great place to look for the oriental fabric I wanted to use in one of my new quilt patterns So I asked her "Do you want to go to Ephrata tomarrow?" She said sure so this AM at 8:00 we met in the same parking lot the bus droped us off at last night at about 7:00 PM Drove to Ephrata (about 75 min. from Wenatchee) spent a lovely 2 hrs just looking and spending too much, $246.43 latter I left the shop with fabric for one oriental Quilt top, Rytane(SP?) Yardage of 2 stone patterns fabric, 1 wood pattern fabric, 1 white burch pattern fabric, 1 bamboo pattern fabric, 2 lg pieces of batic, 1 template, a book on art quilt techniques, and a non slip product for my rulers. All told in two days not counting cost of bus, food, gas for my car, lodging, I spent the night with my Mom-in-law. My hobby cost me $589.33 I just finished adding up my recipts. If this keeps up I will have to get a job to suport my hobbie! LOL! The prices were very reasonable at The Fabric Patch, and I am set for the winter now.(until the next show comes up! Or the Shop Hop that starts here in Sept! HA! HA! HA!
    Oh what a wonderful time! You gotta have some fun in life! Good thing I didn't live close by, I would have went with you!
    I like saving so I can spend when the mood hits me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj
    Or the Shop Hop that starts here in Sept! HA! HA! HA!
    By organizing my fabric stash, I've realized that I can go shop hopping in my own cabinet! Until I empty some space in my cabinet, I don't need to buy anymore fabric! Savings in my pocket from gas, time, and cash (from not purchasing more)!!!

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    I usually do not spend much. I like to save where I can. However today I went bazerk in the LQS and had a ball. Golly they have so many cute fabrics and patterns out right now.

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    I save by cutting DH's hair too - good thing he likes a buzz cut, that's all I can do!We are trying not to eat out as much. I grocery shop at Walmart SuperCenter - way cheaper than the other stores here. Kinda of on a fabric 'til my sis gets here Sept8 - then we will go shopping! I'll fill my frequent buyer card from a LQS and will get $30 worth of stuff FREE!!! We will also hit Tuesday Morning, Savers (glorified Goodwill but always has good fabric for cheap) and JoAnn's.
    My house needs cleaning but I'm working on a custom photo memory quilt for someone, so darn it, cleaning will have to wait!!! BTW the custom quilt is ALL coming out of stash so far!! Yay!

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    DH and I cut each other's hair, I always remind him of how much money he is saving, and he always gets a kiss on top of his head when his haircut is done. Can't get that at a barbershop!! I hope!!

    I should say mine is just a trim on the ends, I have to give him VERY strict instructions on how much to cut off.

    And no, McD's doesn't get any of my money - I would rather fix it myself.

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    I do the following:
    pack lunches
    resist eating out
    cut my hair 2x per year
    use a very specific list at the grocery store and stick to it
    try not to be brand loyal
    hand me downs for the kids (and even me sometimes)
    resist splurges and spur of the moment purchases
    keep myself on a budget
    keep myself focused (two hobbies... quilting and bodybuilding) and nothing else
    no purchases for work (so easy working in a school just to buy new stuff...)

    keep focused on spending money on experiences NOT things.

    When I am in a spending mood, I go through what I have and repurpose, clean, reorganize and get out of the spending mood.

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    I saved yesterday by going to the thrift stores just to look not really looking for anything specific. BUT... I have been wanting a new chair for my sewing room as mine does not go up higher enough for me. I found one that had $5 marked on it. I measured how high it went, went home to measure mine and yep, itmine was lower. So... I took my chair back up to the store and asked if they would trade. They did! I got a new chair and didn't spend a penny! Gotta love those kind of deals

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingKrazy
    I saved yesterday by going to the thrift stores just to look not really looking for anything specific. BUT... I have been wanting a new chair for my sewing room as mine does not go up higher enough for me. I found one that had $5 marked on it. I measured how high it went, went home to measure mine and yep, itmine was lower. So... I took my chair back up to the store and asked if they would trade. They did! I got a new chair and didn't spend a penny! Gotta love those kind of deals
    Now trading chairs up is so smart!Your right, gotta love those kinda deals.

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    Been a saver since I was about 13. Here's my tip for the day: Don't use automated coin counters in grocery stores. You lose almost 20% of yor money. I roll my own coins and just deposit them into my checking account whenever I have at least two rolls. So what if I make a 5.50 deposit? The bank is in walking distance from my work, so I'm not spending gas money, and the bank will take up to $20 in rolled coins per day.

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    Me i just stay home.I do cut my dh hair.I save by using up scraps and us up old batting.But there is one thing i want but,i don't know,do i get one model or ask for a more costly model.Connie in CO

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