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I feel like I started remodeling my house and ran out of money :(


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#1 diamondpooch

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    Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:37 PM

    So, because of all the amazing ideas on this forum, I've taken on a million DIY projects and right in the middle of them, finances have become tight and I'm at a dead halt with them all half done. I'm so sad

    Anyone else had this happen to them?

    #2 Jessica

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      Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:45 PM

      I hear you. I have a few half-finished projects. Luckily they aren't half finished construction wise, but for instance I have ripped up the carpeting in some rooms and need to replace the flooring, but because I don't have the money for it, I have stragetically placed throw rugs instead. Oh well!

      #3 diamondpooch

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        Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:48 PM

        I'm not actually remodeling my house hahahahaa. I meant things like program fans, OOT bags, luggage tags, id holders, centerpieces. It's so fun to make it all, but I'm low on moolah to get the rest of the supplies. So sad

        #4 Patti

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          Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:49 PM

          Don't be sad. At least you have seven more months.

          #5 Jessica

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            Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:52 PM

            lol. OMG I totally read your post wrong. Oops!!!! Maybe I need to go to bed.

            #6 diamondpooch

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              Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:07 AM

              hahaa! No, I was kind of confusing in my analogy. No worries!

              I know I have seven months left, but doing these DIY's is what's helping the time pass! I love doing them!

              I mean, I'll be fine, just venting

              #7 Jennybell1

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                Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:11 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by diamondpooch
                I'm not actually remodeling my house hahahahaa. I meant things like program fans, OOT bags, luggage tags, id holders, centerpieces. It's so fun to make it all, but I'm low on moolah to get the rest of the supplies. So sad
                Dont be sad....you still have some time. I started early bc I was afraid that might happen to me. Everyone gives me a hard time for starting so far in advance, but I figured I have the money now, so why not start now, bc as things get closer I might not have as much readily available to me.
                I would just do one DIY at a time. When you have some extra cash, buy something here and there to finish them. Dont worry about having everything all at once. It will get done. Look on the bright side, atleast this way, you can get more ideas and get better deals on things bc you have to wait. Take one DIY at a time and slowly but surely you will have them all done with time to spare. I know its frustrating bc you just want to get them done, and it sucks having to put everything to the side for now. It will all come together.....you will see!
                Good luck and keep smiling! BTW love your picture, wish I was photgenic like you. I would love to have a pic of Riley and I like that!

                #8 diamondpooch

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                  Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:39 AM

                  Thanks JennyBell! I'm going to do JUST that. Take it one project at a time. I think I will finish buying the stuff for my centerpieces first. I found out my receptionist at work has a friend who just got hired at Michaels, so I may have to pull the "boss" card and ask if she can hook me up with her discount!!!!!

                  #9 echo2_62

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                    Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:29 PM

                    I think what I would do is something along the same lines.

                    First - figure out which projects you REALLY want to get done sooner than later (in case you just don't finish something at all!).

                    Second - gather everything you have for the first project already and put it out in the open.

                    Third - gather everything else you have for the other projects and make a small list for each of what you have and what you need. Make a copy. Keep one list with all the project stuff and keep on list out on the table. Put away all projects other than the ONE you set aside to work on first.

                    Fourth - check your lists that you just made to see if there are items that you can double up on and save some cash. It might just take a little planning to coordinate your shopping list and that way you can look for specials and sales on the items you need.

                    Fifth - ask around! See if you can borrow some items, such as tools, from friends or family. Ask them to keep an eye out for coupons, specials etc if they don't have any items you can use. I know this may sound cheap, but often times if someone knows you're looking for a certain item and they see it on sale, they just might pick it up for you. I know I've done that for friends and not even bothered asking them for the money at all. I just knew it would help them out. People like to be helpful to the bride!!!

                    Sixth - Work on and complete one project at a time, but always keep your shopping list in mind. You wouldn't want to miss a sale just because you're not working on that particular project.

                    It's all about knowing the bigger picture, but focusing on smaller bits at a time. Plus you might find that the spending is a little easier because the items aren't spread out over so many projects but rather are helping you complete the task that is sitting out in front of you.

                    Hope that helps de-stress a little about the money situation! Hehe, that's just my method for my projects so that FI doesn't see a zillion projects on the go and wonder how much I'm spending (which thankfully hasn't been a lot!) :)




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