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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    Why is it when it comes to fabric I lose all cense of judgement...I went shopping with my DDs this morning and the last thing DH said was do not use the credit card for anything!..Well I DID!!! I couldn't help myself...I wanted the fabric so bad...I knew if I wrote a check he would see but the credit card he wouldn't see till next month!!! I am so horrible...I only get to the fabric shop once every 3 or 4 months and just couldn't miss this chance..I will tell him but just not now..am I a bad person!!I do have an addiction....

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    Oh, I sure understand! It's amazing how many electric bills one can get in a month! LOL

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    Well, don't feel alone!!! I have done the same thing. Not in a while, but in the not too distant past.....yes, the SAME thing!!! I'm lucky my DH loves me!!! :-)

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    I, too, have the same problem. My local quilt shop had a sale today for 60% off Christmas fabric. My total for my shopping spree was $278.00. It was like I had never seen the fabric before and just had to have it. One point is that I work at the shop and had helped unpack it and put it on the shelves. At full price it was really pretty, but at 60% off there was nothing I could do but take all of it home with me. I should feel bad, but I look at the fabric and just giggle. I really love all of it and can't wait to figure out what I'm going to do with it.

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    Oh Crazyaunt I think you got me beat..I don'y feel so bad I only spent 30.00...LOL

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    I am with you Diannemc. My hubby is always warning me to watch what I spend on fabric.

    But.......the thought of passing up fabric at a fabric store is unthinkable. I too hit the 75% off christmas fabric sale her in S.C.

    I have a habit........It's not smoking. It's not drinking and it's not drugs....but I am addicted to fabric! At least it is not a bad vice huh?

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    Oh dear... lol! Been there too.

    There's something so entrancing about new fabric on a bolt... in baskets... FQ... Charm Squares... cough.... and when you don't get to a shop very often... you're definitely not a bad person... I blame the fabric.

    Although I did get the money together to pay off the card before the interest kicked in, I just told my DH, "I don't drink or smoke and never taken drugs... I have to have ONE VICE in my life!"
    He just smiled, and the money I'd gotten together to pay the credit card... gave it me back and told me to go and get some more fabric!!

    Wish I'd a known that before-hand... I might have spent a bit more lol!

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    Dianne,

    I don't think you're a bad person and believe me, I completely understand, but what if your DH said not to use the credit card because it's at the limit and your purchase took it over and will generate late charges and possibly higher interest? I truly hope that's not the case and you can enjoy your fabric without feeling guilty about it.

    I do understand; I don't get to fabric stores very often either and I want (need?) to take advantage once I'm there. I don't know if it's an addiction, but if not, it's awfully close. :?

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    I don't work at a fabric store, I would never take any money home! I did HAVE to buy some fabric at Hobby Lobby the other day! It was ON SALE from $13 to 5 a yard. What can I say? I bought the whole thing, less than 3 yards.

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    I too am addicted, but as i have goten older, i do try to budget myself, but it isn't easy LOL

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    I understand the problem. There are times when I refuse to enter a fabric store because I will have problems leaving without some new piece that caught my eye.

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    I have the same addiction. I had to run and get some stuff today for a project I am doing. I was told to buy very minimal amounts. I left the store spending less than $6.00 I didn't even take time to look at all the fabrics like I normally would.

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    Maybe he has a little addiction you might remind him of? Like spending on tools, or gadgets for the car, or hunting type items, anything to detour him off you. LOL

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    Just sell some shoes on Ebay to pay for it!!! LMAO

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    I have it too!! it has got me into trouble before. I always have trouble mentioning my shopping spree to my DH. I have 2 BOM ,so every month there is $30 at least, he doesn't know about. I have been trying to be good,by staying home and use my stash.
    I started to shop from my own stash. you would be surprised what you find "just had to have fabric" stuffed somewhere in a bag.

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    Oh...been there...you know the drill. You do need to tell your DH though....he won't really mind...he loves you!

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    THank goodness for my DH. He always says buy what you want. However I am the frugel one in this family and he knows that. I tend to control myself sometimes to the point I wish I had spent more. But next week I am going on a shopping spree with the $$ I got for Christmas. Look-out Quilt shop here I come HeHe. Marge

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    #1: Tell him. It'll be a lot easier than carrying it longer and then having to 'get caught" or have to fess up.Come on, you can do it. Present your case.

    #2. Yes, I have an addiction. So the only thing I can do is just not go in there. When I go in for thread, etc. I really have to do some talking to myself to be sure that I come out with only what I go in to buy. (Although I do weaken sometimes, but I'm getting better.) I try to remember all the pieces that I bought and still have in bags or in drawers or in bins, or in closets...you get my drift.

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    Honey, I feel your pain. My friend and I went fabric shopping a couple of weeks before Christmas and both of us bought much more than we had intended on spending. Well, when I pulled in her drive to drop her off home. She let out a Whoopee! He's not home! I can sneak my bag into my sewing room. I had to laugh and I said, Well, I know my husband is golfing and he won't be home for a couple more hours. Well, when I pulled into my drive, who is sitting at the table under the carport but my DH. I thought fast and shoved my bag under the seat of my car to be retrieved after my husband had left for his weekly card game that evening......They just don't understand how fabric calls to us, do they? BTW, I have my own money and don't really know why I hide things from him, but I do.

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    What a wonderful addiction to have!!! I know that I have an addiction also...just no money to feed the addiction :( Oh well...times will get better. (luckily for me...no credit cards to worry about.) No cash...no fabric. I did get lucky tho...Mom has decided to give me her scraps that I can play with. Not many, but anything at this point is better than what I had which is :( nothing. Have fun with our type of addictions :) :D

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    I used to feel guilting but the best thing ever happened to me..............I turned 62 and social security kicked in and there is a whole new life of fabric shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diannemc
    Why is it when it comes to fabric I lose all cense of judgement...I went shopping with my DDs this morning and the last thing DH said was do not use the credit card for anything!..Well I DID!!! I couldn't help myself...I wanted the fabric so bad...I knew if I wrote a check he would see but the credit card he wouldn't see till next month!!! I am so horrible...I only get to the fabric shop once every 3 or 4 months and just couldn't miss this chance..I will tell him but just not now..am I a bad person!!I do have an addiction....
    You are NOT a bad person, and I know exactly how you feel, isn't it horrible these days, and at my age, I don't know how old you are, but I kind of get ummm a little resentful when I am asked what I used the debit card for, especially if the question is "now where is 3301 1st street where I saw a purchase for $13.12?" Now that gets me rattled so I have gotten so I don't TELL what or where I did. So no YOU ARE NOT a bad person, scared maybe, bad no!! Fabric spending, well we'll spend it somewhere won't we? Why not fabric, is that NOT better than a gambler, and believe me I was married to one, who cleaned not only my clock, but my SSDI every month too. So he is now being chased by the Devil in my humble opinion because I doubt God would put up with him.....He left the planet in a hurry with a whole lot of debt, both commercially and spiritually. You know what I mean? So don't be beating yourself up so bad, it's Christmas Season time, the season of perpetual hope, I think. OK I hope. Give yourself a piece of peacefulness....at least at this time of year.
    Conz

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    Well my dh gave me $50 to shop for material for my Christmas present, I couldn't help but spend $80. I always tell him, I never hold back. He understands that when I really love something I have to have it. I'm spoiled.

    You are NOT a bad person, just a little scared.

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    I am trying to invise a plan, to cut and save with coupons, throw that money in my "fabric stash" fund, any money I find laying on the street, ugh trying to come up with more ideas. Last year I went to a fabric store, got out of the car and there was $2.00 dollars by my tire, so it can happen! Thinking instead of paying weight watchers, I will pay myself each week that I virtually weigh in and reward myself with that savings.New Year, good time to start.
    My dh laughs at me, he never says anything about what I spend at the fabric stores! I wish he would!!!

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    I hid my fabric for quite a while. I thought I did a good job of it, but just last week, I said something to my DH, 'fessing up to the problem I have, not being able to pass up a good fabric sale. All he said was, "I know." He didn't get mad. He hadn't even asked about where the money went. He just watched as I stockpiled... And I thought I had kept it a secret. :oops:

    My sweetheart of a husband showed me a great deal of love in his acceptance of my addiction.

    I'm thinking that our spouses know more than we think they do, so I guess, at least for me, hiding the evidence is not necessary.

    Now, if I can only help my daughter see that I know what she is doing!! 8-) :lol:

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