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Subject: TGIF POLL 278 - Budget rss

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Jerry Martin
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Without trying to get to personal I thought we'd look at our gaming budget.

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1. Do you have a gaming budget?
Yes
No
Sort Of
2. How do you limit yourself? I will ask in $US, but feel free to adjust for your local currency.
I have to save for each game I buy.
I have about 20 bucks a month.
I allow for 50 a month.
$100 or less per month.
I spend what ever I want.
It varies so much I can't put a number on it.
3. How often do you go over budget?
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
All the time
4. What do you include in your budget?
Games
Conventions
Gaming supplies
Travel
Entry fees
other
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Poll created by Syvanis


5 - Discuss how your budget effects you in anyway that I haven't covered above.


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No formal budget. Space is the most important consideration nowadays.

Even when I was poor though, I didn't budget out what I'd spend on games,
I was just more inhibited from buying something based on costs. I'm naturally
pretty cheap though, and most games I can pass on with the idea that the
marginal gain is just too low to bother actually buying.
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When my wife and I were paying off school loans, we would award ourselves $200 every time we paid off $6000 in loans.

Now that we're out of debt, we actually buy less games. We purchase games every now and then, when we see them at a game store in town or online at a good deal.
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Retired. Able to get the games/accessories I want. Want only games that will actually get played either by our friends or family (wide age range) either at my place or theirs. Grandkids are fun to select for...
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Last year for the first time, I tracked all my expenses (games, cons, tournaments). I will try to spend less this year.
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Until this year, I just bought whatever I wanted with nary a second thought. This year, I'm not doing that anymore, and the primary reasons are financial (I switched to a job that doesn't pay as well as the old one), but I'm not setting a specific budget to go by. Instead, since I've accumulated a lot of unplayed games and expansions in my collection, I buy one new game or expansion per every ten things off the unplayed stuff list.
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Board gaming has replaced video games (for the most part) in my hobbies so the lack of spending in the latter has been picked up by the former.

I don't have a budget to speak of, but lately I've been spending anywhere from $50-$200 a month trying to build a bit of a library from what used to only contain Settlers and Carcassonne. Once I've rounded my collection out a bit I imagine I'll cut back.
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I don't really have a gaming budget. I register for the BGGCON and figure out a way to pay for it. I'll save for the hotel bill at the CON, and for games. Usually I receive games as gifts, and I'll use gifts of money to buy games.

According to an extremely close relative (by marriage) I went a little overboard with game purchases at last year's BGGCON. I bought several in the Virtual Flea Market, a couple in the flea market and a few at the exhibition booths. These did not include games I bought to give as gifts. Since spending some Christmas money on Zong Shi, I've held back on game purchases.

It's hard restraining myself from buying every game I like, but if I didn't, I'd loose my house.
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Even though I spend more than I should on games, my wife knows that there are "worse" hobbies I could be pumping thousands of dollars into. Because of this she rarely limits what I buy. Sometimes we do a little clear out, or she'll ask me to sell some games or return certain unopened games, before I can buy something I "MUST" have. I have a very nice game closet, but it's getting too full, so I have cut back big time, and will be selling some, and buying new...

I have been trying to be better and set up a Geeklist, mainly for myself, to show what I have bought. This has helped me to some quiet weeks... as I get a little embarrassed about how many things I believe I need...

CharmlessMan77's game closet is already full though - Purchases 2014
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I've never had a budget as such but have always seemed to spend around $3000 a year.

This year that stopped by choice.

I'm looking to spend no more than $1500 and buy no more than 10 new games this year.

Somehow my gaming gene managed to find a way around my good intentions by seeing me spend $800 on a painting service for my Space Hulk 3rd Ed., Mice and Mystics and Descent Hero figures.

Then I went and completed my collection of Formula De tracks for another $500...shake

It was like my brain said, "Not gonna buy games eh? Screw you we find other ways..."

My Gaming Budget - Includes postage for trades, games purchased and miscellanious costs such as storage items, painting, general pimping etc).
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No formal budget, but if I had a budget it would be for games and gaming supplies. I've got a general idea of how much discretionary spending I have per month, and typically spend £100-150 on games and gaming paraphernalia every 3-6 months. Meaning it looks like I spend more on games than I do.

...This is going to be changing very soon, but I don't yet have my budget for when I move since I don't yet know how much me and my boyfriend will be going through, and I'll have access to a FLGS whereas atm I'm doing internet purchases (Hence the 'one large box of games every few months' style approach rather than a more sensible looking 'one game a month' style approach.
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I don't really have a budget, but my buying habits over the last few years have been based more on asking myself (and honestly answering as best I can) whether or not I'll get around to playing a new game and do I have space.
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I pretty much only buy games at thrift stores and probably will only get other games by trading for them. I have too many games now to buy any more at full price.
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calandale wrote:
No formal budget. Space is the most important consideration nowadays.

Space-budgeting is important indeed...

Heh, there's a possible future poll idea. "How many shelf-feet of games do you own?" or something similar...
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I usually only set a budget for Essen which then is exclusively for games. I'm not sure how to deal with kickstarter Essen pick ups as this money is spent, but not really at Essen...
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Not really a budget. We do consider what games we buy (or don't buy) quite carefully. But that's as much (or maybe more) about space and trying to buy games that will actually get played, as about money.
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I just spend everything left over after paying the rent, groceries and gasoline on games...
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Well, my general rule is £25/month. If I get any non-salary bits of money (Such as Christmas/Selling an old PC last month, etc) I add a small portion of that to the budget. It's also just for the games, I don't count the cost of foamcore & such but that's cheap anyway.

I only started trying to do this about 4 months ago, and have been within budget until this week thanks to Tuscany + Mercs: Recon. Not sure I'll stay in for Recon but I'm watching it. My plan is that I can't make any more purchases until the £25/month tick takes me back to positive to make up for it ^^.

I think trying to keep to a budget is helping a lot to cull my desires for games. I maintain a list now of the ones I'm interested in, and find that through the extra research that happens in the longer time between buying means I actually remove a lot of games from it and it's half the size is was when I was buying more frequently ^^
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We have a gaming budget of £200 a year, which we get after Essen each year. It counts all NEW games purchases - it doesn't count games bought at car boots or charity shops, games bought as gifts for the kids for birthdays/Christmas etc, or postage for trading games. We've had this budget for many years now, after our one and only trip to Essen - we decided on following years to spend the amount we would have spent on the trip on games, and have kept with that ever since. With a collection the size we have, that's enough to cover our new games purchases, although it has been getting harder the last few years with game prices shooting up - at some point we will have to allow for inflation! Trading also brings many other games into the collection.
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From 130 answers 68 has no budget.
And in Q3 only 20 people've abstained from voting, 30 never goes over a budget and 7 all the time do it. We have at least 11 gamers who created a budget between Q1 and Q3 and even bought a game(?!).
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Only tend to buy games when I go to Essen, but have got to the point where I am trying to limit purchases as my collection has got to a size where too many games get too few plays and I don't like buying games that will only get one or two plays
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I have started managing my finances last year and thus have a column labelled "fun expenses". Games count into it. Why? I just realised how much money I waste! It was a difficult decision but thanks to that I only buy stuff that I really need, including games.
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My wife and I manage this mainly by trying to avoid mindless buying. That limits things enough that money and space aren't critical limitations.

I will point out that if you make an effort to sell or trade games you no longer need for games you want or money to buy games you want, it helps with both the money and the space.
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I'm surprised by how few folks include conventions/travel/entry in their gaming budget. That's 90% of my gaming budget, as I tend to keep a constant-sized collection so sales and acquisitions tend to nearly balance...
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I don't have a specific budget. We mostly ask for games for birthdays and holidays. If it's an out-of-print game, I'll just buy it when I find a copy at a reasonable price.
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