If you weren’t aware, I’ve been tracking my spending in a public fashion this year. Each dollar I spent towards gaming goes up on my Frugal Gaming 2012 page, along with every sale I do to offset my addiction. Well, this adventure has been going for 8 months this year, and I hit a critical threshold.
By the end of July, I’ve managed to spend more than $1000 (net–I’d hate to think what the gross is) on my hobbies. While I did better in the actual month of August, September saw my total creep up beyond the $1k mark again. This project was supposed to curb my spending, though I’m not sure it’s actually working. So, with a grand spent on gaming this year already (I can’t believe I’m reading that–can it really be true), I figured I’d go back and see just what’s going on.
- I’ve crossed the threshold of $1000 spent on hobbies. This is definitely the biggie here. In a total of 8 months, I’ve gone overboard again. Though the deals have been pretty good, it’s a far cry from a cheap hobby at this point.
- I’ve picked up 8 armies this year (including two that I traded for, but the other six were purchased). Sure I got each one at a good deal, but considering my New Year’s resolutions for 2011 were to avoid picking up new armies, that would be a failure. Of course, I was smart this year, and didn’t do any resolutions! Who am I kidding though. I have entirely too many models. Buy them from me please.
- I spent a total of -$216 on Magic: the Gathering including more than $60 on deck boxes/sleeves alone! This was supposed to be a cheap hobby–so what in the world am I doing?!?!
- A total of -346.43 spent on board games. Though I have a decent collection of games, I never would’ve though I spent that much in a year on them. Granted, the one chance where I bought out a slough of games for $200 does make up the bulk of that number. I should sell some extra games that I don’t play though. If not for cost savings, then to save space!
I find it particularly interesting that 40k has only taken up half of my total spending for the year in hobbies. I certainly would’ve thought it had been more, and I’ve done well on my purchases (despite needing to sell excess). So, let’s check out the things I still have for my GW investments this year (all of which really are for sale):
Now some of that stuff has already sold, but a large portion of it’s still kicking around my closet. Anyone interested?
With all of that loot to show for it, clearly the part of my hobby spending that needs to be curbed is the costs of board games & MtG spending. Feel free to goad me every time you see me spending money. Perhaps your negative reinforcement can keep me in check?