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    Until August I had a job and the money was 'mine' to spend as I needed - I did buy our food, cable, birthday/Christmas gifts, school books (we homeschool) and took the kids to lunch once or twice a month... the rest was mine to do with as I pleased... since August - nil, nada, zilch... so my spending has come to an abrupt halt. I do, however, have enough fabric to last for awhile so I'm not complaining. If I NEED fabric I can go get it.

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    I seem to run in spurts, not buy this month, and then go crazy next month LOL

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    i have hardly any money so i buy at thrift stroes only if it is good deal and only if cotton fabric. sometimes i buy blouses, skirts etc for 99c or 75 cents and use what i can of material. sometimes i use coupons for joanns or hancocks for 50% off a yard and have saved much money. also for winter i ordered free kits from Quilts for kids because i cant afford fabric so i can still satisfy my quilt urges betty

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    You have to love those 40-50% off coupons at Joanns. If I buy anything, it is usually with a coupon. I figure I've saved a ton of money that way, which gives me the feeling of helping out with the budget.

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    One year I decided I would only sew what I had and not buy any fabric. I made the most creative quilts and it was fun to improvise and make do. I'm thinking of doing that in 2010 or until the economy improves. Also have to think of sewing up all my scraps as I think I have a few quilts there too. I've also started to tie and hand quilt more as machine quilting is getting expensive. Quilting is getting to be a hobby for the rich.

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    yes to all of the above---interesting to see how inventive i have become. it always works out for me in the end. betty

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    I'm doing a lot more of Bonnie Hunter's patterns. The quilts always sew up great and I use up scraps I have had sitting for years. If I run out of one red I can use another red, no fabric rules for her quilts except light, med, and dark.

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    I get to splurg maybe twice a year. DH is Retired and his ss helps out but my salary is really all we have. Oh, and DH now does the bills, etc since he has retired... Oh my, that is a trip... anyway... I am hoping that starting 2010 we both can have a monthly allowance since one of the large bills will be paid.

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    We have 2 in college right now and it seems like there is always a bill...car maintenance, appliance repair, gas, etc. I try to be watchful and not spend more than $50 a month at my LQS. I am also trying to use up some of my stash and now that my sewing room is organized (yep, you read that correctly), I was amazed at some of the kits/projects I had bought fabric for and totally forgotten about! Yikes! Right now I am debating on whether to join in on my LQS BOM for next year. On one hand, it is a good way for me to get 'energized' by the other gals...on the other hand, should I instead just try to finish my UFOs? I have to decide pretty soon.

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    i'm trying to use up some of my stash. which i have way too much off. i've been telling myself for 2 years to use up, don't buy. that way, i don't buy toooooo awfullll much. just l thing maybe once a week. is that okay?

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    I have no quilting budget, I pretty much am a loose cannon when it comes to buying anything quilting related, whether that's fabric, books, magazines, patterns, notions, machines, ....on and on. But I don't feel bad about it, this really is pretty much my only hobby, and I do deserve to have some peace and enjoyment in life, right?

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    Well, here's my take on that....if it's on SALE, then all bets are off and buy, buy, buy....as you won't see it at that price again. Prices are going up every day, I just can't believe what started out as a 'frugal' artistic hobby for most, has skyrocketed in price. Long gone are the old 'feedsack days' where our grandmothers got the feedsacks for free, saved them up, and then they made them into quilts! So if you can get good quilt quality fabric on sale, then go for it!
    Now that being said, once you have a good stash built up, then you've got to be true to our grandmothers, and use it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I have no quilting budget, I pretty much am a loose cannon when it comes to buying anything quilting related, whether that's fabric, books, magazines, patterns, notions, machines, ....on and on. But I don't feel bad about it, this really is pretty much my only hobby, and I do deserve to have some peace and enjoyment in life, right?
    Ok Eddie, I'm fairly new and I've got to ask as I've had a friend named Eddie, who was a woman....so are you the man or the woman in the photo? Just had to ask!
    Kindest Regards,
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    PS. I love your quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnna
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I have no quilting budget, I pretty much am a loose cannon when it comes to buying anything quilting related, whether that's fabric, books, magazines, patterns, notions, machines, ....on and on. But I don't feel bad about it, this really is pretty much my only hobby, and I do deserve to have some peace and enjoyment in life, right?
    Ok Eddie, I'm fairly new and I've got to ask as I've had a friend named Eddie, who was a woman....so are you the man or the woman in the photo? Just had to ask!
    Kindest Regards,
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    PS. I love your quilts!
    Hehehe...definately the man! :D

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    My DH and I each get an allowance every month....no questions asked on how it is spent. Mine goes mostly to quilt related "stuff", DH 's goes mostly to tractor bits. He teases me that quilting is my "porn"...I tease him back that tractors are his. LOL Sure helps to keep the peace. ;)

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    Before working at the quilt shop, I didnt have an allowance or budget, just used a little common sense and didnt over spend (well maybe a little, several times, shhhhhh) ;) But now with all the fabric at my finger tips, I havent had time to do anything for myself it is all for the shop! Which is a good thing because I am spending almost nothing!! :D

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    Budget? I didn't know I was suppost to have one. Don't tell my DH. He has never said a thing about the money I spend. My theory is I purchase it now and when we retire I should have a nice stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Doods
    Budget? I didn't know I was suppost to have one. Don't tell my DH. He has never said a thing about the money I spend. My theory is I purchase it now and when we retire I should have a nice stash.
    That was my theory,too. Of course, I didn't realize then that there would be all these NEW prints that I would be wanting.

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    I used to buy lots of fat quarters or half yard pieces because I liked them. Then I found I had lots of bits and pieces that never really fit together when I went to do a particular quilt. I still buy fabric I like, but I try to buy all the coordinating fabrics, so I know that I will have what I need when I finally get around to doing it.

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    I do have my own mental budget. Comes from being the oldest of 11 children and hearing my parents always fighting about money.

    Have to tell this story on my hubby. We were in a quilt shop not long ago and I was looking around and ooohhing and aahhing over some of the fabrics and when I left without buying anything he asked me why. I said I had enough to sew up and there would always be fabric. He said "I just spent $400 on my new motorcycle muffler", which I knew, "I think you can spend some on fabric"!!! I should have turned around than and marched back into the store! We kinda police each other but he has never said NO to me. 35 years and going!!

    Happy Holidays.

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    I used to buy on sale whatever I liked, no budget. Late last year I ran out of room, I have fabric everywhere, a large stash, backings included, so I stopped buying for my stash. Early this year both my DH and myself were laid off so I have been using what I have. Sometimes it is not what I would combine if I could buy something else, but it all works out. I have a little room on the shelves now, will reorganise all the fabric in the new year. I bought batting Warm and Natural by the 40 yd bolt on sale or with a coupon at JoAnn's so I am all set with batting. If I need a border I will buy for that.

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    Think Budget?
    Never!
    Instead, think of clutter, dust, stacks of unused fabrics and it will incent you to use what you have.
    Of course, one often needs small amounts of coordinating fabric for a project, when you shop, ENJOY the shopping process so there is no need to overbuy.

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    I am on a limited budget. Therefore I have made a committment to myself not to buy any new fabric until I have completed the projects I have started or have material for. Occasionally I will buy material if I know I need to make a baby quilt or if I am making tablerunners etc. I am sure I have let many a good material patterns go by. But you do what you have to do. I am sure we all can find some material in our stack that will continue to allow us to quilt.LOL Have a great time not matter how you budget your quilting. Love and Prayers

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    What's a budget? The next rehab place they open should be for quilters!

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    My husband and I work together on the household budget. (We are using Dave Ramsey's system of getting out of debt.)
    We have determined a set amount for each of us to spend each month for things that we want that are outside of the budget (in other words we get an allowance). How we spend that allowance is our own decision. My husband is retired so we only get paid once a month. (Right now, we each get $100 a month.) I use my money for anything quilting related (or for personal birthday gifts or for going out for lunch with friends.) I want to say right here that my husband seems to be able to make his money go a lot further than I can make my money go. It must be because he doesn't quilt. ;-)
    We can't dip into the household money if we waste our allowance so that makes us behave when it comes to how we spend our allowance.
    So, I guess you can say that "yes" I am on a budget for my quilting addiction. When things come up that I want but will take up more money (like Dave McCallum's featherweight CD and book) I usually save for a couple of months before I buy it.

    We have been married for 28 years. We use to fight over money but we don't now. Each of us get the same amount and each of us can spend it without explaining to the other one how it was spent. (We both trust each other that the money is not going to be used in the wrong way...like for drugs or for a gambling addiction.)

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