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Thread: No More Quilting Purchases!!!

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    Super Member MellieKQuilter's Avatar
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    HELP!!! I am SOOOOOOO over budget in my quilting related purchases this month, and my trip to Joann's sure didnt help. (but I did get camo fabric for the bbq apron for my bf, fabric to make a purse, and interfacing for three purses, fabric for a four patch posey and materials for my WIP Dresden Plate Block quilt, and lots of thread and some quilt clamps).

    My question to you is how do you stop!! I see something that I just have to have, since who knows if it will be there later! I just need to stop LOOKING. :) Which is IMPOSSIBLE. :):)

    Any thoughts QB friends?

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    I got nothing :-(

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    I just can't quit looking either. Just when I say to myself,you have got enough, some other great sale will come by me then there I go again. I can hardly pass up a good deal!LOL!

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    May have do like me on fixed income just stay home and work on what I have and stay out of stores It is hard but we can do it if we stick together and keep telling ourselves that we can do it LOL

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    I agree with Jean1941. I have made some really nice quilts since Christmas and have not gone to the quilt shop or Joanns'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean1941
    May have do like me on fixed income just stay home and work on what I have and stay out of stores It is hard but we can do it if we stick together and keep telling ourselves that we can do it LOL
    Very true... its my lunch hours at work that get me, I think I will just run to the store and "look". UGH! :)

    We can do it Jean1941!!

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    I don't purchase much anymore. I have so much stash, beautiful stash, so try to work from it, as much as possible. I go to quilt club once a month & usually buy a few fqs, but not a lot else. DH is retired now, so we live on less, but you know, mainly, I want to put my stash to good use, & enjoy it while I can, & I hate to think of leaving it all to someone else someday!
    Something that helps me too, is I go spend time in my studio, going through what I already have. That's a real wake up call! So you all might try doing that sometimes. You just might be amazed at what you already have in your stash, & start thinking about not buying a lot more, all the time. This has helped me ALOT...

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    I do have to give myself one pat on the back... I did use batting that I pieced together and fabric from a yard sale to sandwich the last top I completed. :) I kept telling myself, you arent buying anything to finish this!! :) (and then I went to Joanns and bought fabric for new projects. ugh)

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    Tell yourself this... If you do not have the budget for it then it was not meant to be. You can keep looking, but just don't go over budget. You might just get more creative that way.. Like look at goodwill or do rummage sales, or somewhere besides JoAnn's. For the life of me I just can not get out of there for under $100. So I have to go and look, but since I know that, I do not buy anything. Then I have to find other ways to get my fabrics. Really is feels better to know I have been true to myself by not over spending us into the poor house.
    Oh and PS God works in mysterious ways, let him work....

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    I don't purchase much anymore. I have so much stash, beautiful stash, so try to work from it, as much as possible. I go to quilt club once a month & usually buy a few fqs, but not a lot else. DH is retired now, so we live on less, but you know, mainly, I want to put my stash to good use, & enjoy it while I can, & I hate to think of leaving it all to someone else someday!
    Something that helps me too, is I go spend time in my studio, going through what I already have. That's a real wake up call! So you all might try doing that sometimes. You just might be amazed at what you already have in your stash, & start thinking about not buying a lot more, all the time. This has helped me ALOT...
    You give me hope Nancy!!

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    I look at the pretty fabrics and look at my ck book and it tells me if I can buy more..... usually it sez NO.... NO... NO!!!!

    sigh.....

    I've been worse off, life is good even if I dont get every thing I want.... sigh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by janell2009
    Tell yourself this... If you do not have the budget for it then it was not meant to be. You can keep looking, but just don't go over budget. You might just get more creative that way.. Like look at goodwill or do rummage sales, or somewhere besides JoAnn's. For the life of me I just can not get out of there for under $100. So I have to go and look, but since I know that, I do not buy anything. Then I have to find other ways to get my fabrics. Really is feels better to know I have been true to myself by not over spending us into the poor house.
    No kidding, that was about what I spent today! And most everything was on sale and I used a 50% off coupon... ugh. I justified today due to a bonus I recieved... but I just need to stop buying and start sewing what I have fabric for.... Thanks for the encouragment!

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    I have made myself a challenge to use up some of my stash before I go buy new stuff. Problem is...I can be sewing for many years before I need to enter a store again...that is no fun!

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    I am new to this, but I have a ton of scrapbooking supplies and have had the same issue with them. So with this hobby, so far, I am only buying fabrics if I have a specific project. Then I work on that.

    This weekend, my BIL came over and had been garage saleing. He brought me entire box of fabrics. So I will play with that and see if I can make a crazy quilt for them with it.

    But mostly, I just try to stay out of the stores if I can. Good luck!

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    I only take the money I can spend to the fabric store. Leave checkbook and credit cards at home, it's the only wasy I can not spend wayyyyyyyyyyyy too much!

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    Stay home, give your keys to someone to hide. :lol: :lol:

    I know the feeling. :D

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    I've been pretty good about staying out of fabric stores or limiting my purchases when I do, but the classified section on this board is putting me to the test and I'm failing miserably...

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    I set aside a budget at the beginning of the year. I keep my quilting money in cash in an envelope. If I have the money I can buy it.

    It really helps me when I look at how much money I have-do I really need this? because if I buy it now, I won't have much for later.

    I've cut down drastically on my spending by asking myself:

    1. What do I plan to do with it?
    2. Do I have something similar at home?
    3. Have I read any reviews of this product?
    4. If I didn't buy it today what's the worse that will happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    I've been pretty good about staying out of fabric stores or limiting my purchases when I do, but the classified section on this board is putting me to the test and I'm failing miserably...
    No kidding!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter
    I set aside a budget at the beginning of the year. I keep my quilting money in cash in an envelope. If I have the money I can buy it.

    It really helps me when I look at how much money I have-do I really need this? because if I buy it now, I won't have much for later.

    I've cut down drastically on my spending by asking myself:

    1. What do I plan to do with it?
    2. Do I have something similar at home?
    3. Have I read any reviews of this product?
    4. If I didn't buy it today what's the worse that will happen?
    What do you keep your budget too? If you dont mind me asking?

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    My problem is looking on line! It's too easy to fill up that cart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    I don't purchase much anymore. I have so much stash, beautiful stash, so try to work from it, as much as possible. I go to quilt club once a month & usually buy a few fqs, but not a lot else. DH is retired now, so we live on less, but you know, mainly, I want to put my stash to good use, & enjoy it while I can, & I hate to think of leaving it all to someone else someday!
    Something that helps me too, is I go spend time in my studio, going through what I already have. That's a real wake up call! So you all might try doing that sometimes. You just might be amazed at what you already have in your stash, & start thinking about not buying a lot more, all the time. This has helped me ALOT...

    That is so true. I had a really hard time not looking and then of course I would see things that called my name. Only thing that wasn't calling my name was the green stuff (money). It's hard at first but you can do it. I just don't look at things (much) anymore. I keep in the back of my mind all of my stash and it gets easier as the days go bye. Hang in there. You will feel so much better when you get it under control. BrendaK

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    I don't know how to stop either!

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    spending OR not spending is a hard thing for all of us!
    stay out of the stores!
    just repeat, "next time", "next time....."

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    put your budgeted money in a separate envelope. when it's gone, it's time to stop shopping.

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