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Old 12-08-2009, 10:16 AM
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I have a set budget that I stick to most of the time, if I do go over it is not by much...unless I go shopping with sharon b ***hanging my head down....she is SUCH a bad influence*** :shock: :roll: :roll: LMBO
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:24 AM
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I have no stash. Of course, I just started this, but I have never bought fabric without a purpose in mind. So far, I've put the fabric to the intended purpose.

I'm totally in charge of the money here. My husband would have no clue if I spent it all on fabric, but I'm frugal by nature. We both are, so it works for us.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:02 AM
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Heck I remember when Joann's had calico fabric for $ 1.99 per yard. Not so long ago! I bought several blots, but if I had known fabrics would go through the roof, I would have bought more!I've yet to buy from Thousands of Bolts.com but that is something I would love to do. A friend loves that place!
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:03 AM
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They do have nice fabric :D
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:24 AM
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I am trying to use up my stash as well..I am bad about buying thinsg just because I like it or because it is on sale...and there is usually a reason why fabric is on sale..hard to match....it isn't all that great of a peice...although there are those times that you find a wonderful peice. SO I have alot of stash that just needs to be used. As much as I know I can find a better peice at work to match what I am doing I am really trying to use what I have..there is no sense in owning a bunch of stuff I don't use.
Now I just see my project list growing as I buy whoel projects at a tiem rather than just peices of fabric I like...so i guess it is a toss up as to which way is better??
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:24 AM
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I too try to limit myself each month...lately I have been buying only for specific projects that I am now finished with or am in the middle of doing. For one of the swaps on this board I actually used stuff out of my stash....imagine that!! I work full time, so I have my own money to spend, of course after the bills are paid. My DH has other hobbies besides quilting, and he spends his own money on those. So, neither one of us gripes at the other, and we get along fine!! :roll:
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:36 PM
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I have no budget, but maybe I should. Another thing I should do is finish a few UFO's!
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
I learned years ago not to hide purchases from my husband, because I had a friend who did and I was nervous wreck for her. My stomach was in knots. ick! So when I want fabric, I need to rememeber that feeling in my gut. I always ask if it is going to be a big purchase, and I say it will be ok if he says no. But he also has to be ok with me :cry: . I don't have a budget but I usually know when not to ask. I do have quite a stash and always love more. Backing is what I always lack. And batting is getting low cuz fabric is so much prettier to buy...long story...oops! :? BTW my husband doesn't have a budget either for fishing, golf etc. My mom & dad always fought about money...we don't!
LOL! This so reminds me of my mother. She will buy something and stash it in the back of her closet (usually clothes). After 4-6 months she will pull it out and use it or wear it. My father would ask, "Is that new?" And of course she would respond, "NO! I've had this for awhile now." Then she would give him a look like he was an idiot. It got so that he was afraid to ask whenever he saw anything new. Well, one year she dyed her hair BRIGHT red. It was so red it glowed. My father didn't say a word. An entire month went by and she would complain bitterly to me that he didn't even notice. I think he was afraid to say anything, in case he got the usual response. :lol: :lol: :lol: I don't do that!

I don't really splurge on my quilting. I buy what I need, which is usually thread, batting, a particular fabric to finish a project. I will save up and spend a couple hundred during my area's local Shop Hop in May, but otherwise I have to keep things pretty close to the belt. Thankfully I have some amazing friends who give me their scraps and I make most of my quilts from these. However, it looks like we will be getting rid of some bills this coming year and that means extra money - and yes, I have lots of plans to splurge. Hubby thinks we should be able to do all our playing (which is what my quilting is to him) on $100 a month. I can live with that! :-D
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:55 PM
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My problem is not my budget but the space! I'm out of storage in my sewing room, so I haven't been buying much lately. I have discovered jelly rolls and charm packs don't take up much space at all and I'm having a hard time resisting those. I have to use up what I have, I feel like I'm being a fabric glutton by just buying more. :oops: I am very independent and have never asked or wanted DH's permission to purchase anything. He wouldn't be my DH if I had to hide purchases and vice versa. :-D
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:24 PM
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I buy when I need and when I don't need. I have been trying to build my stash and it seems when I do a new project there is still one color or type of fabric I don't have. My stash has become fairly big now so I'm not spending as much as I used to. I have found there is no end to my wants when I am in LQS!
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