It was one year ago this month when I established my first craft budget. How did it ever get to the point where I needed to set myself a budget?! Sure, I can blame the late-night mindless eBay purchases, the let's kill time on insert-the-craft-company-website-of-your-choice-here mentality and Amazon's WAAAAYYYY too friendly "add to cart " button. . .
Oh yeah, I also blame my friends. You are ALL enablers!
But, really it all came down to one credit card bill totaling $1,147.00 last June.
For. Craft. Supplies.
My July and August 2017 bills were equally as large and just as appalling. So, the decision was made last August to set
myself a monthly craft budget.
After careful consideration, I allotted $250 a month toward this budget. There were some months where I came in slightly under budget and a lot of months in which I still exceeded that budget. While my spending over the last year has been nowhere near the $1,147 nightmare of a bill that prompted establishing this budget, there is still significant room for improvement.
I am now more aware of my spending as a whole, than ever. And yes, I do intend on continuing to maintain a budget.
So. . . after one year of budgeting, what advice do I have to offer?
While I am by no means an expert on financial planning, it is simple:
I also strongly believe that the next best piece of financial advice I would offer anyone is to focus on all the things money can't buy. Things like love, time, inner peace, happiness, manners, health, respect, morals, trust, patience, class, dignity, integrity, wisdom, imagination, common sense, self-purpose, humility, intelligence and the list goes on. All of these qualities and characteristics cost nothing and will yield far greater wealth in life.
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