Over the past year I have gotten very good and clipping and using coupons. I have a nice little coupon file I keep in my purse with the coupons all separated into categories. I even go through and purge the expired ones regularly. One of the sections is set aside for 'store' coupons; Michaels, JCPennys, Arron Brothers, PetSmart and the like. Those are the coupons I need to address...impulse buys!
I like to think I am a pretty smart gal...I mean if I see a coupon for $0.50 off of eight cans of fruit, it's not a deal to me...I never would have use for eight cans of fruit...so I pass on the coupon. But give me a 40% off one item at Michaels...and I'm all over it, making a special trip to the store to use it, whether or not I need anything...I mean it's 40% off! Can't pass that up!
So I got to thinking about the week leading up to a big scrap/crop and how many trips I had made to the store to see if there was anything I needed...and how much I had spent...and well you can probably guess where this is going...
So I have made a challenge to myself (and anyone who wants to join)...30 days - no buying any craft supplies! Even if the sale is unbelievable...like a Cricut and all the available cartridges for $10...I'm not buying!
The rules are as follows: Buy nothing! No yarn, no paper, no adhesives, no embellishments...nothing. If it breaks, use something else. If you run out of something, use a different product. If you run out of everything, read a book!
So as of January 11, 2010...I have gone 3 days...27 to go!
Wish me luck!