Are you doing less with collecting this year?Are you doing less with collecting this year?Ask MFC

TyjosAzariTyjosAzari4 maand(en) geleden
Accounting has been done...yet again.

And this time after looking over what's been made and what's been spent the efforts to reduce spending have been working and all the restless nights spent deciding on what to sell and get rid of from this collection have been worth it after looking at the total made from that and it tops just over $2,000 in sales and after one of my return buyers comes to pick up his stuff I'll have hit my primary 2020 Objective for finances.

The next thing to work on is clear out a few more things and then at last put my feet up and stop buying anything that's considered expensive for a while.

This month's collection additions have been driven by Nostalgia and added more Trek related items to the collection this month so that was money well spent in my view since I like how things are looking now with this collection being focused on Trek and Scifi.

This is a great relief MFC to me.

Seeing a good positive change for finances by doing a cleanout and shedding a hundred or more figures from the collection was worth all the energy and effort put into it and looking at things should start to get ahead of things when next month starts and if anything else is sold next month that will be banked and there's nothing else to really hunt for right now.

Tired of accounting and having to keep up with a lot of numbers so reducing the amount spent with each passing month has been the goal for the year and now that there are a few things left on pre-order to deal with that start in July can try to make June a no spend month or spend a set amount depending on what might be needed for the collection.

Waiting for ITEM #943574 to get in stock at the store it's pre-ordered at and that will be it till Gundam Universe Wave 3 ITEM #808379 ITEM #808380 ITEM #870692

After Gundam Universe there are 2 preorders left to deal with mainly Asuna ITEM #945049 and Hoshino ITEM #977606 after that I have no idea what else I'd want to get for the collection and 2021's Pre-Orders are just one or two Thundercats Ultimates figures.

It's been worth it to put the breaks on spending and it's easy to look at the Spreadsheet and not see a lot of expensive items there so by the end of next month should be finished with anything expensive for the year since the last thing that is considered expensive to deal with is renewing Amazon Prime and that's it for dealing with things that are over $100

How often do you do your accounting?

Are you working on spending less this year?

How many figures are left for you to get this year?
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I've had to cut back on my orders alot unfortunately. Lost a month of work due to the virus so my expenses are rather short now.
3 maand(en) geleden
I don't buy based on money really, if i want it i usually get it unless its just really crazy. Everything i buy is on my wish list so to speak so i know ruffly whats coming out and have sort of budget for it. This type of attitude hasnt changed.
With COVID, unless something drastic happens with my finances, which i doubt will because of my boss, ill keep buying like normal.
It is reckless and the smart thing is to save but im a self-destructive idiot
3 maand(en) geleden
I'm still currently working in a agriculture job and I live with my family. So, I'm not too worried about money, but I am still careful on what I spend. I mainly buy rare or about to be expensive items first, since I can at least buy the more common items someday. The cheaper shipping options from Japanese sites would've been nice to have though.
4 maand(en) geleden
This is my first year with a cushy job and actual money so i have been SPENDING. I picked up a lot of things I've wanted but couldn't previously afford, and I am planning on continuing that for a bit. I usually transfer a decent percentage of each pay check into a savings account, so once bills are paid at the start of the month any money leftover in the checking is more or less fair game. It's a pretty good system; my savings are growing quickly, bills are being paid, and I'm not just sitting on a hoard of money without buying anything to enjoy
4 maand(en) geleden
I always see your blogs often but never comment! So why not change that?

The ironic thing is, despite the fact that I'm in college for accounting (well technically business admin. with an accounting focus to be technical), I uh ... don't really use it to keep track with my finances ;'D Yet, I've been able to manage to save a lot more and keep track of how much I have left so I don't go broke.

Strangely enough, even though I just really got into figure collecting mid-summer of last year, I've been collecting a WHOLE LOT more this year! But then again, I'm an atypical collector compared to most of the collectors on here; I'm currently buying Madoka Magica action figures exclusively, so they're already available from US sellers. Maybe I don't qualify as a collector LOL ('cause collectors mainly buy scales, from what I've observed.)
4 maand(en) geleden
Since nothing's coming out of Japan for the foreseeable future, a lot of us can't do as much collecting this year. Even the snacks I like to order have all been taken down by the usual sellers. Beloved umaibo, how I miss you!
4 maand(en) geleden
I do accounting every month to keep track of what I earn and spend. I've done it since 2007, so I now have quite a good idea of my spending patterns.

I've been blessed that I can work at home and didn't suffer any disruption of employment. In fact, I ended up working more due a surge of projects and saved a lot of money by staying home. So earnings went up and expenses went down. Also, most of my pre-orders were pushed later this year.

I've already bought or pre-order most things I really wanted in 2020. I often wait a year or two and purchase second hand to save a little bit.

For me, this year is a year of consolidation. I built a hobby room last year and installed the shelving a few months ago. Thus, I'm assessing the collection, what is worth keeping, what new figures would make for a visually compelling display and what will end up being sold. This is an aspect of the hobby I never experienced before (collecting since 2002) because I never had enough space to display more than 10% of my collection.

Last night, I went through my wishlist and started to hunt down figures that I felt would fit my collection and tried to find a few bargains. I know this is probably the last big spending of the year for figures. My taste have evolved toward larger scale and with the price raising, just like you, I'll need to assess what's worth keeping and what's worth selling.

At this point, I suspect the later part of 2020 will be geared toward purging the collection from unwanted items. This isn't something I'm looking forward due to the work it requires, but I certainly will have to do it.
4 maand(en) geleden
I no longer have figures and I dont collect anymore. Im just back here again cuz im building a pc and thinking of maybe putting a prize figure or nendoriod in it (still not 100% sure if ill put a figure in it)
4 maand(en) geleden
I'm generally very good at only buying figures I REALLY want, so I don't feel the need to purposely make myself spend less. Thankfully I prefer action figures like Nendos because they're more fun to display to me, which are generally pretty affordable.

My only real issue is buying useful merch (bags, desk stands, etc.) and JP magazines, because it's too easy to justify...
4 maand(en) geleden
considering how barely anything was announced for the first half of the year to start with, then all my packages were held back starting from january and havn't been shipped since...
yes, yes I am doing LESS with collecting. fuck everything.
4 maand(en) geleden
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