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    Quote Originally Posted by chezilla View Post
    I am lucky in that as much I like getting new neps, I am cheap as hell. I am always on a whim almost buying new plants. I add them to my cart but when faced with the confirm to buy buttom, I cheap out and cancel the order. I would have quite the collection if I bought everything i put into the cart. I get some deals on ebay or trade, I am now starting more things from seed. It isn't as instantly gratifying but alot cheaper. Plus I feel more connected to a plant that I "raised" myself. Anyone can shell out money for a nice plant, but raising your own is more fulfilling.
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    LOL, Chezilla is right. I am definitely guilty of excessive window shopping when it comes to CPs. There was a time when I was having insomnia and one of my favorite things to fantasize and relax with was composing orders of newly available items from my favorite CP vendors. Fortunately I simply don't have the available balance for such things!
    My other trick: convince yourself shipping costs are outrageously exploitative. Stick to the notion that your orders must be $300+ each time to be cost-effective. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Truncata View Post
    Not having a credit card really helps. Save the money you would spend on plants for a year and put it to something really sweet.
    Like a Nepenthes Hamata!!

    I just can't help myself!!!
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    Please shred the credit card. It is a trap, especially at your age and income. The promise of instant gratification for the price of another link in your chain of burdens. Before you know it, you will have paid the price of an edswardiana for a typical VFT.

    I got into the same troubles while I was in college. I struggled for 3 years after I graduated to pay them off.

    I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey. Of course he is a conservative and religious man which might turn some people off. He does not push his religious views too much as that is not the goal of wealth building. His lessons relay to you the common sense weatlth building strategies that our grandfathers used to get where they are or were.

    Wealth is truly obtainable by anyone, but it requires courage and resolve.

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    In the beginning I bought everything because...well, I had to see and feel them out (growth-wise) for myself and dive right in because that's just how I pick things up.

    Now I'm slowly thinking about trading away the ones I don't absolutely love and that don't grow so well for me. I poured a bunch of money into buying my plants and spent money on little else, which didn't really hurt me at all (other than not building up a bigger savings...oh well) but did help the businesses I purchased from. And made me happy of course. I did keep in mind that I planned on paying off my credit card in full each month, and though sometimes hard, I am sticking to it. And most plants are between $5-$15 anyway, if you buy them small, which is what I usually do (is why my plants are all small). It'll help you appreciate them more if you work on growing them from baby-sized anyway

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    Yep the back button on the shopping cart has saved me many a dollar on many things, CPs or otherwise online shopping. With Amazon especially since I have a completist compulsion. If there's an author or book series, genre of books I like there's no way in hell I can rest until I have read and collected everything that guy/series has put out. I've been working on breaking this habit partly by getting rid of my tons and tons of books and rarely going to booksellers anymore.

    In some ways shopping (for plants books or other) is almost worse than my old smoking habit was cos there's not a lot to dissuade you from reading or buying stuff especially when CCards are involved and banks just raise your limit every time you reach it. Oh you maxed out 5K card? Here's one that goes up to 7!

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    I suggest you initiate your Computer's parental controls, put all the cp stores you buy from of the restricted list, type something in the password box...and NEVER visit them again...at least on your own computer. LOL! Maybe next time you order (if ever) you should have a friend with you as a constraint. Try trading, but let your plants grow first.

    Its almost better if you get rid of the credit card. Then it would be harder to run up debt...

    We are in different worlds. I have only placed 2 cp orders for myself so I worry more about the cost of media, pots, and the supply of water (gotta keep cranking that distiller) than the cost of plants because nice people here at TF love to trade! And they are usually generous when they do. Propagate your plants. That's how I got more than half of my collection.

    But who am I to talk...I'm not being hypocritical or anything, I just don't have much experience. Good luck mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    Like a Nepenthes Hamata!!

    I just can't help myself!!!

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    I can relate. I'm sure many of us can. My little cp hobby has become quite the money sink over the years. At the start I had no intentions of getting so deeply into it. But, I haven't aqcuired any new plants for many months, and I'm finally quite satisfied with what I've got. But, I still spend a lot of time browsing cp stuff. I check certain vendors often, seeing what great new neps are available, which of course tempts me. Although I am happy with my collection, I've come very close to purchasing a TM many, many times...And I love the cpphoto finder site. I blow way to much time on their just browsing.

    Mainly, it's space that limits me. I can see myself greatly expanding when we get into a bigger place.

    Honestly, I do this with most hobbies I pick up. I can't have a small hobby; I jump in with both feet and run. I went through this with aquariums, mantids, backpacking, video games, and flying. Some I stuck with, some I gave up, but all I sunk a lot of time and/or money into. I'm still a video game junky. I still use my backpacking stuff a lot. But the flying was the worst. Started as a hobby that soon became a full blown obsession. I kept getting more and more hours, more and more certs, and spent more and more money and sunk many years into it. That hobby ran anywhere from $100-$250 per hour!. And I got a lot of hours. Wish I could take that all back. For years I've wanted to dive in head first into photography. That can add up real fast also.

    Anyway, you are aware you may be going overboard. See if you can get someone to hold you accountable. I see nothing wrong with being very passionate about a hobby, but not to the point you putting yourself into a financial or time hole.

    PS ~ Xantius did you quit completely? If you ever need a fix, lemme know and you can drop by.

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