Last night I freaking lost it. Waiting for a half hour to save $5 made something in me snap. I guess it felt like a ominous feel of what is to come before the economy improves. Maybe it is that I haven't gotten my relief check yet either. I don't know for sure, but it was probably a combination of a lot of little things.
At any rate, I went through my comic book spending habits from a year ago and compared it to today's spending habits. I have cut my spending by half in one year. No lie. Amazing, but true. I knew I was cutting back quite a bit, but what I saw tonight on my Microsoft Money told the tale. I spend a little less then half as much as I did before.
In looking down the road, my cuts are pretty much stabilized through July. I know that I will need to cut another 1/3 of that to make sure my ends meet. The sad thing about this is I quit buying anything independent or new for the most part. I can't take that kind of chance with my money right now- not knowing if I will like something or not. I have to go for the tried and true for the time being. Realizing where the deepest cuts have been made makes me sad. I really want to support up and coming creators, and I know I am failing miserably.
With all this in mind, let me pick your brain for a change.
1. How are your comic book spending habits different from a year ago? What about six months ago?
2. Where have you made your deepest cuts?
3. How do you think the economy will affect the comic book industry, if at all.
4. What about statues, action figures, and other specialty items? Have you cutback there or is that a factor?
5. General comments.
Take the time if you can, and let me know how you are feeling about your spending. If you want to get more detailed and talk about the state of your "union" feel free. If you want to generalize, feel free as well. I am really curious how the increasing prices of pretty much everything are affecting your life.
Thank you! I will see you back here tomorrow night, and will wrap things up this weekend.