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carbonatecarbonate3 years ago
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Prices in Canadian Dollars, USD is 75% of amount shown in chart.

I was making budget chart and was astonished by my own spending in this past year. Up to 2k or 3k was alright because it was my money and I did forgone other things to pay for it, but 4k or 5k is off the charts. It is really crushing into necessities such as owning a car.

In the past I would be easily spending 1k annually on motorized bikes, but was within budget, but it is really getting out of hand. Time to cull the collection (highlighted ones I might cull).

Also 0.5k on shipping has intrigued me.

If I tell anyone else than on this forum, they will call me crazy!

Help I have to cost control...? I did paid with my own earning, but it totally desolated my budget. Of course I will keep the ones I like as most on the list I like.



Make your own budgeting chart and get surprised!

Also, if you have doubles what do you usually do?
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carbonate8 days ago#83404014Yeah navito world is a good shop. Yeah chill out man, I am just going to pay for my PO and that is it. Whats up with resurrecting 3 year old thread? Anyways, this hobby is exhausting it is surprising how I kept stuff up for 4 years with bad income.
It just popped up when I saw your new journal entry I was curious about budgeting chill out
8 days ago
Rikoei8 days ago#83402656It was useful for Navitoworld to count my pre orders for me I was gonna spend 20k I couldn’t afford that thank god I cancelled all those orders dunno what I was thinking but I have splurged 20k over and over each year I must of spent 20k this year or 15k on goods and figures alone it’s crazy so I don’t want to think about it to be honest though I plan to count all my pre orders I have now to see what I have spent like ouch it’s gonna be at least 15kYeah navito world is a good shop. Yeah chill out man, I am just going to pay for my PO and that is it. Whats up with resurrecting 3 year old thread? Anyways, this hobby is exhausting it is surprising how I kept stuff up for 4 years with bad income.
8 days ago
It was useful for Navitoworld to count my pre orders for me I was gonna spend 20k I couldn’t afford that thank god I cancelled all those orders dunno what I was thinking but I have splurged 20k over and over each year I must of spent 20k this year or 15k on goods and figures alone it’s crazy so I don’t want to think about it to be honest though I plan to count all my pre orders I have now to see what I have spent like ouch it’s gonna be at least 15k
8 days ago
ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
I just stopped counting long time ago. Could've bought a new car with what i have now. Thing is, no one would've given me credit to buy a car back when I bought my first figure and most of the cash I'd save would've gone to 0 after the exchange rate scyrocketed.

So I guess I'm fine to have figures.
3 years ago
Yup with CAD so bad it really hurts the pocket 1 CAD = 0.75 USD. 5K CAD going to foreign purchases it is perceived to be less worth, but if I try to spend 5K CAD in Canada, it goes a pretty long way as our living cost is less pegged to flux in USD.

I'd have never been extra careful with money as long as I have earned it they all seem to disappear somewhere: tuition, rent, leisure, etc and I don't work hard or is extra talented in anything to make up for increased spending. Probably better recognizing the problem now before I get income. I do be very careful in shopping as I don't lose much, but with collectibles/hobby, all rational fails until very little is left.

Plus, my inexperience in this might come to haunt me when fad starts losing value. But, then again it will come to haunt me if I missed out on something and it is beyond my capability. Thanks for all the ideas I guess and should become more experienced in balancing interests.
3 years ago
Congrats! It's your first step becoming a more responsible collector. From now on, you'll have a deadly tool to decide what's worth purchasing and what's not. Often I can't decide if I'll get something, then I think about my budget limit and tells myself it's not that bad not getting it right now. Anyway, it's not like "more is better".

Halcione3 years ago#15737869I avoided the shock by creating and managing my budget in a spreadsheet before I even began the hobby :V
I highly recommend using some kind of system to manage and keep tabs on your spending, we all know how good this hobby is at making money disappear.


When I got my first "professional" job, I started to make a monthly budget chart and still does a decade later. I'm really glad I did because I was able to buy a house, save money for future project and still be able to collect. I would advise anybody to do so too.

The problem with this kind of hobby is the sheer amount of fees associated with the act of pruchasing... they quickly inflate the amount of money spent. The shipping fees can be so important at the end of the year you start wondering what you could have done with all that cash.

I also discovered over the time that twice per year, I buy a lot of stuff in a short amount of time. I found out I have a tendency to accumulate my hobby money over a long period then purchase at one time. But I never go over what my allocation permits.

And as much as possible I stay away from pre-order. Most figures lose too much value in a short period of time to bother with PO. Hunting figures is part of the fun.
3 years ago
I avoided the shock by creating and managing my budget in a spreadsheet before I even began the hobby :V

I highly recommend using some kind of system to manage and keep tabs on your spending, we all know how good this hobby is at making money disappear.
3 years ago
It’s a bit late to work it out after you’ve spent it :P

I put away money that I’m happy to spend on non-necessities in a seperate bank account. I buy all my figures and other fun but unnecessary stuff with that.

It helps that I don’t pre-order except for products from smaller companies that require payment upfront (and most include shipping in the cost). That way I’m not caught out spending more money than I’ve put aside in the event that the exchange rate gets worse or shipping prices increase.

It’s much easier to stay on budget if you can only spend the money that’s available rather than trying to stick to a plan especially if it’s one you made up to a year ago when a lot may have changed (your own circumstances, figures that are coming out, costs like exchange rate/shipping/customers/etc).
3 years ago
I also have my own list of my collection. Although it is not too big, I have spent some serious amount of money on this hobby so far. Unfortunately I live in a country which has very weak currency against dollar or yen, so that makes it more expensive... But still, I like my figures, so it was all worth it. :)
3 years ago
Just a reminder to those who might consider using spreadsheets for their collection, MFC lets you download info that you've put into the site here about your items. (edit: although that might be just for Subscribers, I forget)

If you click on your username up on the right, then choose Manager from the dropdown list, then choose (Tools) on the menu list, then click CSV Export, you can choose which columns of info to download into a .csv file, which can be imported into pretty much any spreadsheet program.

Then you can use all that info to add up how much you've spent so far on your collection. Never ever do that.
3 years ago
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