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    Changing your hobby spending habits

    Ladies and germs, I've decided to self impose a hobby spending limit starting next year. My plan is to transfer 50 a month into PayPal and use only that for purchases. If I sell, I can add that too but my hope is this forces me to stop making impulse buys, especially day of release purchases. I'm curious if anyone else has done this before and if it helped your spending habits or if what mine might turn into, a month long experiment

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    I've never been quite so stringent with my limit but I have done a very similar thing. I don't jump on release day cards unless they are low numbered or very cheap. I also try to sell more often but that has been hit or miss for me. I do try to work out deals with people that break large amounts of product so I can bundle cards together to save on shipping too.
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    I've always been cheap, but honestly, buying just one or two boxes a year helps me enjoy the breaks a lot more, and I regret it a lot less.

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    it's tough!
    I've done that in the past with great success. i have had no limit on myself (within reason) for a couple years now amd i find myself grabbing items ill probably sell down the road anyway. its a greatbway to keep focused. I've been thinking after the first of the year I'll impose another limit
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    I open 3 products a year: Draft, Bowman and Pro Debut. Other than that, it's attending minor league games and scoring graphs

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    I finally picked a project to under take, so although my monthly budget won't change much, it'll be more focused and won't end up with so many inserts for COMC and base to donate.

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    The one habit I am trying to change is going after higher-end cards rather than spending my budget on $10-20 lots. Lately, I have added a few higher-end things to my watch lists.

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    Thanks for the replies guys!

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    I set myself a budget every month and do my best to stick to it. If something comes along that I'll never see again then maybe I blow the budget but I deduct it from the budget the next month.

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    Iíve tried spending $90 a paycheck and sometimes it gets hard especially when a card becomes available for your PC that you canít pass up and you donít have the funds


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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyCorona View Post
    Ladies and germs, I've decided to self impose a hobby spending limit starting next year. My plan is to transfer 50 a month into PayPal and use only that for purchases. If I sell, I can add that too but my hope is this forces me to stop making impulse buys, especially day of release purchases. I'm curious if anyone else has done this before and if it helped your spending habits or if what mine might turn into, a month long experiment

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    I tried and failed, addicted to cardboard crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyCorona View Post
    Ladies and germs, I've decided to self impose a hobby spending limit starting next year. My plan is to transfer 50 a month into PayPal and use only that for purchases.
    We'll find out how that works for me as I find myself needing to do the same thing as you. I found out my freelance services contract ends Dec 31st so my money is limited to my savings until I hustle some odd jobs or get another stable job. With the income cut, I'm going to be limited to $50/month budget. Luckily I can get by with inexpensive hand collated sets as I don't have to rip boxes to make sets, but I will miss buying boxes for some releases I like to set build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmath View Post
    We'll find out how that works for me as I find myself needing to do the same thing as you. I found out my freelance services contract ends Dec 31st so my money is limited to my savings until I hustle some odd jobs or get another stable job. With the income cut, I'm going to be limited to $50/month budget. Luckily I can get by with inexpensive hand collated sets as I don't have to rip boxes to make sets, but I will miss buying boxes for some releases I like to set build.
    Good luck! Side note, I'm looking to sell or possibly trade all my sets

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