Monday, May 25, 2015

Stitch from Stash May Update

Month: May
Spent: $0.00
Earn: $0.00

It's time for another Stitch from Stash update, check out Mel's Blog for details. This month I managed a zero spend on cross stitch supplies, which I am very pleased with. However I must admit that my personal budget did implode this month.

Here is some of what I finished up this month:

Floral Cross Stitch Finish, Flat Pin Keep Ornament
Floral Cross Stitch Ornament - Bright Blooms - The World of Cross Stitching 179
Somebunny to Love cross stitch project finish. DMC free somebunny
Somebunny to Love Finish - DMC Creative - Free Somebunny to Love Chart.
As some of you know I have been trying different techniques to attempt to get a better handle on my personal budget and to stop accumulating large amounts of "stuff". So far I have made a number of changes which have helped me to save more and created a less stressful financial environment for myself.

My plan was to keep my unnecessary purchases as low as possible for the year. This month I did make a big purchase that I hadn't intended to make. I decided to invest in a tablet PC. While it was a large expense I approached the purchase using some of my new budget skills. I decided on a maximum spend I was willing to make, then I did lots of research and found the best tablet with the features I wanted within that price.

I am so glad that I spent the time doing the research and am extremely happy with my choice. This does mean that I need to make a huge effort not to make any more unnecessary purchases for the rest of the year.

I have also decided that I will not be joining the SFS group for the second half of the year. I feel I have managed to get my craft spending under a certain amount of control and as the spaces are limited, I will leave it for someone else to take my place.

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful stitching! I'm enjoying following along on your budgeting journey. It sounds like you made an informed decision on something you will use a lot. Good luck on keeping expenses down the rest of the year!

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  2. Congrats on the zero spend month and the budgeting successes! It always hard to make changes like those and you sound like you are happy with where things are headed.

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  3. Beautiful finishes! Congrats on the zero spend. Enjoy your new tablet.

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  4. Congrats on your finishes! The ornament is so cute :) and somebunny ooooohhhhh adorable =)

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  5. Congrats on the finishes! They look amazing. AND congrats on the no-spending this month! :D

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  6. Both finishes are adorable!

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  7. Congrats on the cute finishes.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks so much Linda. I'm really happy with both these and have another of the small florals to show you all soon.

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  8. Congrats on the cute finishes:)

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  9. Pretty little flowers and the Bunny is adorable! I too am leaving SFS so that's TWO openings :D do you think you will still stop yourself before spending and consider the "budget"?

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I am really hoping that I will be able to stick to no spending even without the accountability of SFS. Since the start of this year I have been making a big effort to cut all my hobby spending and have done a reasonable job so I should be able to continue even without SFS.

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  10. Love the little flowers; that's an interesting use of the backstitching in that pattern. Congrats on your zero spend and welcome to the club of Research Your Purchases! Good on you~ :D I read reviews for everything, hence why it takes me so long to make a decision.

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  11. Congrats on a no spend month! I am a budgeting fiend and total research freak so completely understand!

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  12. Such cute stitching and finishes :)

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  13. Very cute finishes. Congratulations on your new tablet and the zero spend on stash. I too am thinking of bowing out of SFS for the next round as it has really helped me with all aspects of spending.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It sounds like a few people won't be continuing with the second half of the year. I have really enjoyed it but I think it has served its purpose in helping me cut my stash spending.

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  14. I agree, cute stitching. And well done on your no purchases. I bought a cross stitch magazine yesterday, which was a bit naughty of me. No other cross stitch supplies bought in May though!
    Caz xx

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I am hoping I can keep up with the budget even when I'm not in the group.

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  15. Well done on your SFS! I just love your floral cushion. Bunny is adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. The pin cushion has different fabric on the top and button so it look quite different depending on which side is facing up.

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  16. You are doing so well! I have to say that I couldn't manage without my tablet now, even though I thought I would never use it when hubby bought it for me! It helps to keep me organised and is just so useful!

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