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Thread: How my DH got me to stop buying fabric...without even trying

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    My wonderful husband surprised me with a gift certificate to Connecting Threads. This was on Christmas...
    He's asked me several times if I've spent it yet, and is shocked that I haven't. I have filled up a shopping cart several times with clearance fabric, but just can't commit...I'm frozen with indecision. Do I spend it on clearance fabric, or do I wait and get something I really, really want (like the batiks, but only if they go on sale)?? He thinks it's pretty funny, and says he would have done this a long time ago if he knew it would make me quit buying fabric!

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    How funny. I, too want to make the gift stretch as far as it will go:)

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    i am having the same problem with the money my dh gave me for christmas for fabric

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    Funny !

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    Just wait, until you get over the first hurdle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    Just wait, until you get over the first hurdle!
    Well, ordinarily, without the gift certificate, I would have gone right ahead and bought all the clearance fabric I wanted just cause it was such a great buy, and then bought the stuff I really wanted when it went on sale. Now...I can't buy anything! Why is that?

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    I wish I were more like that... got two fabric gift cards for Christmas, one is spent, one is partly spent, and every day I have to talk myself out of going to spend the balance. It's for Joanns, and they just had a big sale. I'm trying to use up stash and hold the card for something I absolutely need. I doubt I'll last much longer, though...

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    I don't know why, but I understand this, completely ;-)

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    Been there done that too!! I have a gift card that's waiting for me too!

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    I got 3 gift cards for Christmas - 2 for my LQS & 1 for Joanns. I already used the Joanns card to buy an Ottlite. Used the smaller of the LQS to sign up for a Machine Quilting class. I'm saving the larger LQS for materials to make something for me. Don't know yet what that "something" will be. Just know that since every other quilt I've made so far except one, have been given away, I'm using this gift card for a quilt or wall hanging to keep.

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    LOL

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    Because now it is really YOUR money you are spending,not "our" money! Don"t klnow if this is your reason, but IO do know it applies to me. I was the older, stay at home, wife and mother generation, never had a job, therefore, never had what was considered my own money. Could always buy what I wanted, so that was never a issue , but it did curb spending somewhat. When I became old enough to get SS, I thought, OH Boy!! now I can spend whatever, whenever, and didnT have to think about the check book balance, or discuss it with hubby. I've found that I am pretty generous about gifts for him, or for the children, and I did buy myself a new computer and sewing machine, but the rest of the money goes into a savings account, for what I don"T know! Still enjoy spending "our money". LOL! I think I just like the idea that it is there if I want to be able to do something really special for the kids, or him, as a surprise . I feel that is more important to me, it is from "me". And then I go spend our money without any qualms at all. Hubs says I am planning to be the one who actually takes it with me.LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Because now it is really YOUR money you are spending,not "our" money! Don"t klnow if this is your reason, but IO do know it applies to me. I was the older, stay at home, wife and mother generation, never had a job, therefore, never had what was considered my own money. Could always buy what I wanted, so that was never a issue , but it did curb spending somewhat. When I became old enough to get SS, I thought, OH Boy!! now I can spend whatever, whenever, and didnT have to think about the check book balance, or discuss it with hubby. I've found that I am pretty generous about gifts for him, or for the children, and I did buy myself a new computer and sewing machine, but the rest of the money goes into a savings account, for what I don"T know! Still enjoy spending "our money". LOL! I think I just like the idea that it is there if I want to be able to do something really special for the kids, or him, as a surprise . I feel that is more important to me, it is from "me". And then I go spend our money without any qualms at all. Hubs says I am planning to be the one who actually takes it with me.LOL
    Wow, that makes a lot of sense! You could be right!

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    I do the same thing. I think it's because it's a gift I want to make it be for something really special. I agonized over this years, $200 at Threads of Time. Should I buy tools and have them for years to come? Fabric for quilts that will last for years? I drove myself crazy for an entire week then spent all of it and $150 more in one fell swoop by purchasing a "Time of Your Life" pass for free retreats all 2011. Hopefully he'll get me the same thing next year and they'll offer it again.

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    LOL!

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    I think you should buy the clearance fabric with household money and save the GC for something just for you or for something lasting you'd not normally buy. When I have a gift card, I try to use for something I can pinpoint and thank the gifter for, not just 'normal' stuff. It was given to you, not the house.

    If a batik quilt is what you want for yourself, then wait for the batiks or splurge and buy them full price. At Connecting Threads, they aren't expensive.

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    That' so funny. My DH said I can spend $50 at Connecting Threads, too, because he got some extra money the other day. Now, if I could only make up my mind what I want!! (LOL)

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    I'm trying to be good, honest I am. My wonderful husband, who is so understanding about most of what I do, does not understand my addiction to fabric. I have told him that I have built my stash, primarily on the year end sales and some out of sight deals on Ebay, and will now stop. Then someone told me about fabric4less.com. You have to buy a full bolt, but at $2.75 a yard! It is our money I'm spending, we've never split funds since the day we got married. I really must stop. Is there therapy for fabric addiction? Maybe I should take up drinking. Nah I don't like it that much. Maybe gambling? No, I don't like to spend money when I don't get anything in return. Guess it just comes down to will power.

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    LOL Cute DH.

    I'm the same way with gift certs. I want the purchase to match the significance of the giver. Can't be done but I do try.

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    I had the same thing happen when I received money for my B-day,Hubby took me to a QS that gives you half of you age off,I was having such a hard time making any decision but I knew that was my only day to buy so I finally started picking things out and came home with some great purchases. :thumbup: :D :D :thumbup:
    It ended up being a very fun day!!!! :D :D

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    Too funny! I understand, though. I walked around for 6 months with a VISA gift card and couldn't decide what to spend it on. Oh, decisions, decisions.....

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    Connecting Threads is hard. I just ordered and had a very hard time, I really wanted everything I saw. They have such a nice selection and colors are great. Don't know what to tell you except to have fun. :lol: :thumbup:

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    Your DH is feeling pretty cocky and proud of himself. I would purchase clearance fabric and not use the GC. I would hold on to it for that something I've always wanted, but could not justify. Afterall, it was a gift to you.

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    I received the new book from connecting threads and would love to buy the fabric on the first pages!!maybe it will be still there on my birthday

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    I also got a Connecting Threads gift certificate for Christmas and I am waiting for their thread to go on sale. I seem to remember a big thread sale last year and I got some thread then. I like it so much that I want more, but I want to wait for it to go on sale and to get the most "bang for my buck!"

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