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How do you buy LEGO on a budget?
Just a little question for you AFOLs out here.. Anyway, Being a student and a serious Lego collector is a really bad combination. I often did myself running out of money and being to broke to go out with friends since I spent most of my cash on legos.
To supplement my Lego collecting I often ask friends to buy sets for me as a favor in return for work.. I also even thought about doing peoples homework in exchange for legos or Money for legos
I work hard to earn my keep of Lego and Im curious to know how you AFOLs out there would use to get extra money to buy legos when you were a teen
Oh .. And I'm willing to work for legos .. Just saying :D
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This won't always get you sets, but it can be a cheap way to get a lot of bricks.
Picked up a lot of rare parts and sets that way, especially hitting the small town toy stores...
Look around for part-time work after school. You seem to like music so maybe you can find partime work in the electronics and music sections of retail shops in your area.
Maybe at those local concerts ask the bands if they need help (especially if they're new) with designing promo for them or handing out or selling their promo for a few dollars. Couldn't hurt to ask. You never know...:)
So to answer your question, I used to buy Lego thinking they were over priced and meant for children. Had I known then what I know now...
I worked in food service when I was in H.S. and it sucked. Stay away.
hah I don't dream of working in a fastfood place... I could do better and I don't even eat fastfood
I was nineteen when I started working at one, and already didn't like kids. I couldn't believe how greatly working at that place shaded my outlook on them even further. I'm thirty-five now, and still don't have any kids of my own.
To top things off there, the day I was going to quit, I was hit by a secret shopper in my line who asked what I thought about the job. I told her straight out that I didn't like kids. She promptly reported this to the manager, and I was called back into the lunch room right away so he could fire me for NOT LIKING KIDS! GASP!!!
woah... Really? I expected toys r us workers to like .. Love kids ... Do you get any cool like discounts on merch?
@BTHodgeman .. Don't you have to be at least 18 to use bricklink?
Unfortunately, employees at Toys R Us enjoy NO discounts on ANY for of merchandise. At least, they didn't at the time. Perhaps they felt it was a convenience even for the people who worked there to be able to pick up things at jacked up prices. The hours were few, and the pay was little. Gas to and from the place was a load though, and it meant that I wasn't able to really save anything from that place.
@trypticon woah...I was really hoping to work there for a year just to get discounts but then again I just wanted discounts on lego, So I think Ill just work at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney Orlando...problem is...its an hour and a half away
>>>On a side note....I did work fast food at a young age and it didn't kill me. I made good money and it was very flexible hours. Did I like it?.....not really, but if you need money it is an option. Good luck to you. Lego is an expensive hobby.
I hear ya. The day I turned 16 I ran up to McDonald's as fast as I could to apply. Did I know the job would suck? Of course! Did I care? Not a bit! My life pretty much revolved around video games at that time, and having a job meant going from receiving a video game as a gift a couple times a year, to being able to buy 1-2 a week.
Not a terribly responsible use of my money, but hey I was 16! It was great fun.
@momof2boys99 yes lego is an expensive hobby... and it doesnt help that my parents arent AFOLs like alot of Brickset forum members...I mostly buy all my sets myself or as I have said earlier , presents from people
@Odindusk hmm I was actually really tempted to work at a fastfood joint for money ...but its really at the bottom of my list of things to do right now
My parents dont like LEGO either, so I buy my own stuff.
And as far as working somewhere...if it pays well I dont care :P
Also this is my first post on these forums! :O
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to buy ANY sets for nearly a year. :'(
@MaverickDengo Welcome to the forum! I joined about a month ago so im still fairly new! yeah man I just get CMFs most of the time...its not much compared to what all these other AFOLs can buy but hey moneys tight gotta spend it wisely these days
Also, it turns out that was my second post... I posted on some topic back in June, But I had completely forgotten. :P
And don't forget the power of networking. Personally I am proud of my hobby and mention to anyone and everyone in passing about my LEGO hobby. On more than one occasion people have given me old sets they had lying around with no use for anymore, which I quickly sold to buy sets I wanted.
But for other items I purchase at dscount prices such as books or electronics, this is sought of a way to counter balance the money I have spent on Lego.
The minute any company or individual is paid, or subsidized regardless of output, it will flounder without incentive. If you want evidence of this you can visit any government office or subsidized business in the US like the auto or airline industry.
So, my advice;
First, as much as its a cliche, "Beggars can't be choosers" No matter how much a job sucks money is money, at 16 your probably not going to get a great job. Just remember its a means to an end.
Second, Budget and Save. Don't blow all your money on sets as soon as you get it. Try and work out how much you need for the month and then spend what what you have left, it's good training for future life
It might pay better per hour than a burger-flipping job...
I'm new. My wife is, let's say, bemused by my recent spending splurge (of her
money, I might add). I guess it's gotten to be around $500-600 since the new year.
I claim somewhat honestly that all my purchases are "for our son." Except the
Hypersonic Aircraft, that's Daddy's. So, a question for all you vets from the
diehard to the occasional: what's realistic for a new collector? How do you (or
do you) determine a budget? Or is it a completely irrational monkey-see-monkey-buy
phenomenon? Does it get easier over time??? I know, I know, everybody's financial situation is different, some
buy to trade, others buy to build and keep, money's a sensitive issue... Just scratch my curiosity itch
however you please... And convince me, I dare you, that no "man-cave" can be built in a day.
Amen to this...
$500 you say? Ha! You think that is a lot, wait a few months, it'll be $5,000. It happens so easily...