No. of Recommendations: 1
Leak #1: The Dollar Store
Here 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.

Print the post  


UGC Disclosure Notice Regarding Credit Card Posts
Community board discussions about credit cards are not provided or commissioned by banks who may have advertising relationships with The Motley Fool. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.
TMF Credit Center
The Motley Fool Credit Center arms you with real tools and simple messages, that will help you in every credit situation.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.