John and I started a new budgeting system this month, which is working well so far. We each get a cash "allowance" for our wants, and eating out, and I knew that it was time for me to set a craft budget.
I am allowing myself to spend up to $40 a month on crafting supplies. Right now, that includes photo printing, our photo books and classes, but I do have some flexibility in my budget. We get enough money not to feel deprived, but we still have to think carefully about our purchases.
Early in the month, I spent $28 at Papertrey Ink. I split this order with a friend, so we qualified for free shipping. (Yay!) I bought white card stock, pink card stock, buttons, ribbon, and two small stamp sets. This was my first order from this company, and I am happy with the items.
Late in the month, I bought some letter stickers at Target. I did not watch the racks carefully, and they were $4.99, which is more than I like to spend on letter stickers. Next time I will check prices more carefully at Target.
I made it $7 under on my craft budget, but it will be tough to stick to the budget in September. There are a few online classes that I am interested in taking. Do I buy supplies or take classes???