Motivational Monday - Tracking my expenses

I am getting out of hands. Not in terms of my housechores, looking after my kids or crafting.

I spent too much $$ for the past half a year. Especially on these items.

1. Scrapbooking
I can't resist beautiful papers, stickers, stamps and dies.
Paper brands like Echo Park, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Prima, Kaisercraft
Stamps - Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, wooden stamps, Prima
Dies - Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things
Stickers - Heidi Swapp, Echo Park, Doodlebug, MAMBI


Ever since I roped in my Big E to help in my Project Life, Smashing and making cards for the children, the expenditure just went up. I could not resist watching YouTube videos to be updated on those brands I love and wanted to get a hold of the items. Would love to do my mini albums and layout soon.

2. Books and assessments
I love to buy these for Big E when I saw some nice ones and recommended ones from blogs. Thankfully, she loves what I bought and eagerly did some assessments.

3. Stationery
I love pens, glues and artcards. Need to say more?

4. Fabrics
Phew... no particular sales in the first half of the year. But I am aiming for the Black Friday sale again. I can't resist beautiful cloth.

Great plan

Here is my plan moving forward. Even though it is nothing new to some, I decided I must curb my expenses.

1. Tracking
Yes. I HAVE to track my expenses on the above items. Set a budget and no more overspending. I just hope I will dilligently update and be truthfully to myself.

2. Avoid scrapbooking open house detash sale
LOL... but but.... the items are really priced at a steal! Ok, I won't go to those which are far away from my house. If I go, I will set a budget.


Wish me luck!

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  1. Looks like we both have the same problem. Now hubby is regretting converting the study to my craft room. But he acknowledges that what I've done does help imoratalizes the memories, so he's closing one eye. Phew! Thanks for linking up.

    1. Talking about study room. Hmm... I need to cater one corner for my Big E soon. Otherwise, she will have to use the temporary table in the dining area to write. We practically use that for meals and crafts. At least the ceiling fan is blowing. The craft room is hot!


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