Gaming on a Budget

From the Warp asks:  if it’s a money saver, let’s hear about it

Financial Budget:  keep a record of all hobby spending.  Its not so hard to do – keep a spreadsheet with all your hobby cash in and cash out.

  • Set a yearly budget
  • Keep a running total and wait to be surprised by your expenses after six months or so
  • For those of us with families its easier justify large purchases (new armies, air brush, convention trip) if the hobby expenses are under control

Time Budget: gamers are notorious for starting (and not finishing) too many projects.  Stop wasting money on products which never make it to the gaming table.  Only buy figures and supplies that will actually get used.

  • limit yourself to 2-3 projects at a time
  • set a due date for each project – if you have no plan to finish, will you ever finish?
  • clean out the back stock – paint 2, buy 1

  1. #1 by strangevistas on April 30, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Good advice. Ironically enough, I’ve touched on the issue of frugality and gaming on my post today.
    I need to follow the suggestion regarding keeping the number of projects to a minimum. I’ve got a couple too many going right now.

  2. #2 by oni on May 1, 2009 - 8:46 am

    I’ve always been good with money management so I have no concerns there, but I live and die by those exact “Time Budget” points. Sometimes it’s very hard, but it builds self discipline which is a very good thing.

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