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YOUR MONEY and Model Railroading

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YOUR MONEY and Model Railroading
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 10:38 AM
What do you think is an intelligent, frugal and at the same time liberal amount
of your income that should be spent on Model Railroading?

Is'nt it sort of like "Tithing"? Give 10 percent of your income to the Religion, I mean the Hobby of Model Railroading? Or is it higher than 10 percent?
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Posted by trainfreek92 on Friday, February 24, 2006 10:44 AM
I dont have a set amount a year. I just buy waht i can and when i can. Tim
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Posted by mononguy63 on Friday, February 24, 2006 10:49 AM
If I would just wade into the colluction of stuff I've already accumulated, I could go another ten years and not spend another nickel.

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Posted by jecorbett on Friday, February 24, 2006 10:54 AM
There is no right answer to that. That all depends on priorties and other interests. In my case, I don't have a formula. I know what I want and I buy it when funds are avaiable.
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Posted by trainfan1221 on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:09 AM
If something comes out I really want, I will keep extra money for it. Other than that I occasionally will buy something spontaneously, but I don't always have the extra money for stuff. I usually make a big purchase 2-3 times a year, and smaller stuff on other occasions. as with many of us, I just don't have the money I would like for the hobby.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:16 AM
There is no set amount, you know how much extra money you have a month after you pay all your bills, utilities, etc. Of that, it's what ever you feel like spending. Me, as long as my bills are paid, foods in the cabnets to eat, gas is in the car, I'm going to spend whatever I feel like.

If you want to set yourself up a budget and allocate certain amount each month so you don't get crazy and overspend that's one thing, but there is no limit in what you want to spend as long as you have the money to do so.
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Posted by whitman500 on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:16 AM
I look at it in terms of my monthly budget in terms of discretionary spending. My wife and I spend about $2K a month on non-essentials (excluding mortgage, car payment, utilities, groceries, etc.). Of this, I probably spend about $300-500 on trains, which represents nearly all of the money I spend on stuff for myself.
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Posted by tomikawaTT on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:28 AM
My wife and I have separate 'want what I want when I want it' bank accounts. She spends what she wants on golf. I spend what I want (and need) on my layout and other railroadiana (and tickets/trip expenses to gymnastic competitions, and so forth.) Interestingly, both of us spend rather less than we put into those accounts every month, so they also serve as emergency reserve funds, when, as and if.
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Posted by RedGrey62 on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:35 AM
Limited disposable income right now. However, if I see something I want AND we have the CASH for it, my wife (chief financial officer) will get it. It has actually worked out very well, I've gotten some nice stuff because I limit my purchases. Also, if I know there is something coming out that I really wnat, we'll set money aside for it. Besides that, I have a little mad money that I use for smaller purchases such as details, paint, occasional car, etc.

Rick
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Posted by howmus on Friday, February 24, 2006 11:57 AM
I have a tendency to spend at least 110% of any available cash (after bills) on the hobby. Gonna have to review that soon. (This month I paid off $4200 of my Credit card balance. Unfortunately I spent $5900 on new "toys". While this was mostly business expense including a new Hard Drive Recorder, new 16 channel mixer board, and some hard drives and other needed stuff (It seems my old ADAT and my old board decided to die at the same time), hobby stuff was still obtained (such as a new Radio Super Chief Starter set to add to my DCC system). Hey, It's only money.... Nice thing is I get to decide how to spend my money since I have been widowed for 18 years. Back in the days when I was married, we had two checkbooks. There was "ours" which she controlled. This was money from my job that paid for the mortgage, groceries, utilities, insurance, and other necessary stuff. And, there was her check book which was hers to use for all those nice things (new draperies, towels, clothing, nic-nacs, etc.) that all good homes need. I got to spend the money I made from teaching private guitar for anything I wanted. This would be stuff like gas for the car, my clothes, taking her out to dinner and what ever was left (usually in the minus category) could be spent on dumb stuff like toy trains....... Funny, but I still liked those days better?????

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Posted by CrossTrack Trains on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:08 PM
It's nothing like tithing.

God owns everthing anyway, you are called to be a good steward over what you do own, and not to let your stuff own you.
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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:09 PM
I don't have a set amount. It's based on what I can afford after covering the necessities and what is available that I want. Frankly, after 15 years in S I have accumulated quite a bit and I have become selective in what I buy. I have enough kits and supplies to keep me going for years so I don't need to buy anything.

But of course there is always something coming out that I would like and so I buy it.
Enjoy
Paul
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:25 PM
I stand with cactusjawas.

I see it as being very careful to get just what you want or need at the time. My LHS's are very supportive by either communicating early item announcements (So I might be able to reserve a copy months ahead of schedule and start saving) or using layaway to fini***he purchase.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:32 PM
I don't have a set income. I'm still a teen with no job!![:D] When I need something, it becomes the piority on my list. I enjoy just collecting them and looking at them to. I try also to think ahead at what I will need.
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Posted by krump on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:38 PM
God's stuff, family stuff, household stuff, and (for me) way at the bottom is hobby stuff - probably .0001 % if I go on a spending spree... time of life is 3 kids in elementary school, therefore the world's greatest hobby is a hobby, and very gradual when I find the time

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Posted by on30francisco on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:41 PM
I don't have a set amount of money that I allocate for model railroading. Since I enjoy scratchbuilding, look for sales and bargains, try to use common materials, and am not interested in the latest releases, I save a lot of money. I find model railroading much cheaper than other hobbies or going to the neighborhood bar.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:48 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by cactusjawas

It's nothing like tithing.

God owns everthing anyway, you are called to be a good steward over what you do own, and not to let your stuff own you.


On the "Tithing", I was just trying to inject a little humor into the topic.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 12:49 PM
I thought we were all independently wealthy on here so money was no object [:d]
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Posted by Cox 47 on Friday, February 24, 2006 1:48 PM
Pay everthing else first then if there is any left......most of the time very little,but I think if I could go out and buy everthing I wanted it wouldn't be so much fun in the long run....Cox 47
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Posted by MAbruce on Friday, February 24, 2006 1:56 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by krump

God's stuff, family stuff, household stuff, and (for me) way at the bottom is hobby stuff - probably .0001 % if I go on a spending spree... time of life is 3 kids in elementary school, therefore the world's greatest hobby is a hobby, and very gradual when I find the time


Ditto - except I have two kids in elementary school.

I’m not the person my LHS likes to see wander in because he KNOWS I’m just there to look (dream).
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Posted by GAPPLEG on Friday, February 24, 2006 2:04 PM
Kids are grown and gone, buy what I want, when I want. But I just don't go out and buy just anything. Despite my insanity [:o)] I have a plan. Nothing spectacular just want my railroad to function.
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Posted by CP5415 on Friday, February 24, 2006 3:52 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by trainfreek92

I dont have a set amount a year. I just buy waht i can and when i can. Tim


[#ditto]

My wife would make my life end abruptly if I spent 10% of what I make on my hobbies.
I try to spend about $20 a week which isn't much I know but it gets me by with my needs.

Gordon

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006 3:59 PM
As I get money I spend iton trains , if I get broke I will sell some trains. It is lke money in the bank to me and I can pull it out as I need it or put it in when there is enough to do so. I basically keep the engines that I just cant live without which is about 15 at this time and the rest can come or go as needed. I am supposed to be closing on my home (refinance) next week and I will get a big handfull of cash out and will make a few big purchases while I have the cash on hand. When the money is good I spend more when it is tight I hold off and do not even g to the layout
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Posted by modelalaska on Friday, February 24, 2006 5:48 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by cactusjawas

It's nothing like tithing.

God owns everthing anyway, you are called to be a good steward over what you do own, and not to let your stuff own you.


AMEN! As with anything, self-control is key.
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Posted by dhilyer on Friday, February 24, 2006 6:25 PM
The CFO handles the check book and the bills so she keeps my spending in check. I do keep some money from my paycheck before she gets it. It's my "poof " money. You know, "poof " and its gone. I can use that money for whatever I wish but it is primarily my lunch money as I tend to eat out at lunch every day. I do find that if I see something I want/need for the layout I usually can dig into my poof money and get it. The CFO is good at getting the little things for me that I probably would not think about like people, small trees, cars, animals, etc. She finds them while she is out looking for her deals. She is the deal making, coupon clipping queen. Just let her know what you want and she will get it a lot cheaper than you would ever dream of, it just may take her a little time.[:)]
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Posted by dragonriversteel on Friday, February 24, 2006 8:27 PM
Money isn't really a problem ,because my train money doesn't come out of bill money. You see ...to fund my model train addiction , I collect copper wire, pipe, sheet copper ECT. In fact...have to turn in some tomorrow ,laugh if you will ,but when I cash in the copper , every three months...it adds up to about anywhere from $300.00 to $ 600.00 clams.
Granted some of the money goes to help pay bills ,when my pay check lacks. Other then that the copper pours in and the train collection grows more.

This way the wife can't say I'm spending cash on my trains ,when I should be spending it on bills.

Modeling a steel mill adds a huge cost to my train addiction ,because of scratch building supplies ,something is always need to make it look even better. Thus the money has to come from somewhere...might as well recycle copper for cash. Speaking of copper recycling ,this is how I'm getting my 12X24 foot shed...or at least a small down payment on it.

Patrick
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Posted by jrbernier on Monday, February 27, 2006 8:57 PM
My spending on the hobby is generally what I want. My son is grown up, the house is just about paid off, and I will retire in under 6 years. I spend my disposable income on church, several hobbies and my trains.....

Jim

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 27, 2006 8:58 PM
Well, almost all of my income goes to model railroading. But then again Im 15 so I'm not paying rent or anything.
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Posted by claycts on Monday, February 27, 2006 9:52 PM
I am where I want to be when it comes to hobby money. Whatever I want I purchase period. If you are a good bot and work haed and save you can retire and blow all your money on trains![:D] OOPS sorry dear did not see you standing there, I spend whatever my wife says I can!!![}:)]
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