Leak #1: The Dollar StoreHere in Philadelphia we have tons of them. I've become the Dollar Store Diva in the last year or so. I know which stores are best for what items. But I have to remember that it is not much of a bargain if I overspend or buy things I don't have a pressing need for at the moment.Eek! Living near Philadelphia myself, I know the feeling! There's one within walking distance of my home, and another within walking distance of my office! I tend to go there for cleaning supplies and the like but fall into the "while I'm here" trap more often than I'd like to admit.Sigh! It's so hard to be multitalented. Budgeting for hobbies (cake decorating, picture framing, scrapbooking and photography) is hard especially when you see things in the Michael's (craft store) discount isle. As a former complusive bargain shopper it's still hard to pass up a good deal.Neat hobbies! One possibility that you may not have thought of here, is turning a negative cash-flow item into a positive one. Have you considered possibly selling seom of your craft work? This could potentially pay for the costs of making what you sell, plus the supplies for what you make for your own personal enjoyment.It doesn't seem like I spend that much.(smile) In fact in the last year I've been dropped buy a few clubs because I didn't buy often enough. (Columbia Music Club and Black Expressions book club gave up on me. Oh well. Their loss!) The book of the month clubs are especially tempting. Now I only have one music club membership and five book club memberships: Book-of-the-month, Crossings, Book and Cook, Crafter's Choice and the Literary Guild. Can you tell I love books? No wonder I want to go to grad school so I can be a librarian. Wow, sounds like you're quite an avid reader! I think you're a bit luckier than I am here... my local library is about the size of the one at my elementary school... maybe the junior high at best.-Terry
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