Spending would include: yarn, needles and supplies, books and patterns, workshops and lessons........hopefully all spent happily!
I know it's more than the hubby would like, and coincidentally, more than he knows about. :-)
I like to think of this as not troubling him with unnecessary detail. That said, a few weeks ago when searching for something he lifted the cover from a huge stoneware crock and it exploded with compressed fibre like a jack-in-the-box. He laughed and just shook his head. The story was recounted at a dinner that evening.
I am a very fortunate man with a remarkably understanding partner :-) p
I don't spend as much as I want. I make sure I use every piece of equipment at least once a year. I look through my yarn and if I want to buy something new, I try to find someone I can gift some yarn. I enjoy my crafting a lot and since is my personal money, I have no problems with that. I don't owe anything on credit. My rule of thumb is to enjoy what you have before embarking into buying new things. If I want to design something I may purchase specific yarn for that. I do get a lot of gifted fiber.
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No guilt!!! what if I went to a cosmetics site and surveyed (women?) how much they spent on nail polish per year? And no matter what you do, it only looks good one week or less.
and yes, sometimes I do like my nails polished but right now I have given it up because my hands are just shredded by winter, frequent hand washing with my job, and dyeing fiber at least once per week and somehow gloves just don't get worn all the time.
It's a better expenditure than getting drunk in a bar...and all relative
I am fortunate to have been given a lot of yarn by fellow knitters and family members. Most of my stash so far has been in the form of gifts. I also try to choose projects that take a lot of time, so that I don't have to always keep shopping for things. With all the free yarn I have gotten this year, I think I have only spent about $50, with my most recent purchase a 16" size 5 circular needle to make the collar of the sweater I just started...$5.95. Woo-hoo!