I've been toying with the idea for a few weeks. I've been getting them since 2005, and I think I have maybe finished 4. That's 32 kits sitting around this house, and I maybe want to stitch 15 of them. That leaves 17 kits (at a total of $297.50--paid in cash, thank GOD) that I have and don't really want, and mostly can't find, and I could have had that money to pay for something else, even other stash to do stuff I really want to finish. I could kick myself. If I find them, I am getting rid of them. Even if I have sell at a loss.
I like the idea of the kits. They're cute. I've learned a lot about using specialty fibers by doing them. But sometimes that's not enough. When I started getting them, gas was $1 a gallon cheaper, my car was cheaper, and I wasn't trying to get out of debt. Now it costs $38 to fill the tank, I have a higher carpayment, and I'm tired of being in debt.
I am seriously trying to cut back on spending. I find I enjoy playing with my cart on 123 better than getting the stuff. Maybe the anticipation. Is that nuts? I used to order from Needlecraft Corner every month. I cut back there; I haven't ordered from her since June, I think? I did go a little overboard at the LNS around fair time, but I'm gonna slip. I'm human.
I am trying to look at losing my car and buying the new one as a wake-up call and a chance to start fresh and better. It has to be. I had already started seriously working to pay down my debt, but this is more of a push. I got enough of a settlement to pay off one credit card (no more drooling over the Kitchen-Aid mixers at Lowes, sigh). I don't have a car payment for 45 days, so I can take the money I would have paid on the Neon this month and put it towards the next smallest CC. I plan on taking the extra money I saved by switching my car out, along with a rebate I get from another CC for buying a car (whoda thunk: save money by going into debt) and paying off the card I put the Neon payment on. It seems do-able. It seems reasonable. Then I can start putting big payments on the Vibe and get that paid off early.