Thursday, June 14, 2007

Confessions of a Stationery and Craft Supplies Addict

Just in case you get the impression that I'm always frugal - I'm not! :-) Today I went to my very first Stampin' Up party. I was like a kid in a lolly shop. LOL. You see, I'm a Stationery and Craft supplies addict. I'd like to say it's a great hobby to have. The problem is that most of the time I buy the stuff and don't get around to USING it!!!! Of course, today I decided that all that is going to change so of course it was a good investment to spend $130. In actual fact there was around $500 of stuff I would have *liked* to buy so I could even say I was frugal and SAVED $370!!! LOLOL.

I have discovered a new use for my children too. If I overbuy on craft supplies and don't use them - I can always let the kids loose on them and feel like I still got my money's worth. :-)

Now I'm sitting here at the computer sorting through about 20 back issues of a craft magazine I subscribed to about a year ago. The magazines come apart and need to be sorted into the folder they send you so that you have all the categories nicely collated together in sections. Every 4 weeks 2 new magazines arrive and get shoved into the cupboard, still in their plastic packet. A couple of months ago a new folder arrived!!! I couldn't work that out - I hadn't filled the first folder yet. Well I didn't realise quite how many unopened packets of the magazine I had sitting in the cupboard. LOL. To make the deal even sweeter, you get sent FREE stuff if you subscribe. Plus of course the *free* craft supplies included with each issue. :-) And all for a grand total of $13.90 a month (well 4 weeks actually but close enough). Which I actually think isn't too bad really. I now have $166.80 worth of unopened magazines sitting in my cupboard. BARGAIN!!! LOL.

In my defense, I haven't been all that well. So I am hoping that I will get around to making use of my investment before too much longer. At least today I got inspired to at least open the packets and start sorting out what I do have. So there you have it - my secret is out. I'm a Stationery and Craft Supplies Addict!!!

I will just add that I don't really think that being frugal means spending as little money as possible. In fact, it's what I love so much about the whole idea of frugality - it's about not wasting money so that you have some left over for the fun stuff. And if I actually get around to making some cards and gifts - think of all the money I'll *save*!!!! LOL.

1 comment:

Kin said...

Sheepishly admitting to being a stationary and craft supplies addict as well. I sometimes wish I could get over it, but when something comes up, and it's right there in the cupboard, all organised nice and neat, it just feels good to be able to go and get it, like when the kids want to draw, and I pull out a 1c exercise book and cover it with fancy paper and the kids think all their Christmas's have come at once. It's totally worth it.

OH, and congratulations on being the first commenter on my new blog!