Decided to share a few ideas and thoughts I've had lately about how to stamp without going broke -- this is something with which I struggle, but have been having some pretty good success lately. I'll continue this on Sundays as long as there is something to say because I suspect my experiences are pretty similar to yours. Would love to hear your reaction.
This week's thought is: We are in charge of what we buy and when we buy it.
It sounds simple, but businesses are built on the opposite concept. Companies want to be in charge of when and how much we spend. Stamping companies know that this is discretionary spending. None of us "needs" that die or ink pad and really, if I don't get one floral set, there are really 20 others that will make me just as happy. That's why they advertise and have sales. And free shipping -- with a minimum purchase. And monthly releases or annual catalogs. And fabulous Design Teams.
So when I saw that Ellen Hutson was having a 20 percent off sale this weekend, I thought about getting a few things. But then I remembered that I wasn't planning on buying a thing this weekend and the things I particularly want right now are not sold by Ellen Hutson. I could have placed an order for $50 worth of product and "saved" $10 or I could have just saved $50.
There's no right answer -- if I had a list of products I was planning on buying soon that EH sells, purchasing them this weekend would have been smart (particularly because Ellen runs a first rate operation).
But I decided not to buy. I didn't let a sale make the decision for me. So now I still have my $50....
Next week I'll share a few techniques on selecting how to spend that money, given the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices. Decisions, decisions.