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2020 Thoughts & Goals2020 Thoughts & Goals

Heartlessxox1Heartlessxox13 месяца назадDiary
Hi everyone,

I've been thinking a lot through December about this hobby and what the future entails; nothing bad, it's all good news and I'm planning on doing this for a very long time. I also wanted to make this article because I want some advice.

So, in December I got University offers, which of course made me extremely happy and it also made me think about my future. (University in the UK you are in halls of residence for a year, due to my mental health I have priority for accommodation and special University care, I don't want to go into detail just providing context). When I got my offers I started thinking about my life, about my hobby; where am I going to keep my figures? Am I leaving them at home? (I live in London and I'm heading far North so I can't live at home while in Uni) Will I be able to afford figures?
I've managed to answer some questions (I don't know if I'm taking figures there with me because at the moment I don't know what my accommodation is like), but after a little surprise from my parents I discovered I will be able to afford my figures and I'll actually be able to expand a bit more into scales so, that led to more thinking about the future.

Goals:
1) Get more scales! Normally I hold back a lot because I can't afford scales unless I save for a few months so, I would love to get some amazing figures
2) Keep track of release dates (aka, keep a diary of release dates), at the moment I just have a list of figures I've bought and their prices... it's quite poor lol
3) Get braver with buying, I'm not comfortable with spending money, it scares me a lot and I've ended up regretting not buying figures because of that

Now, I wanted to ask the community what do/did you do with your figures when you weren't living at home?
I've been planning on buying figures and having them shipped to my home until I move out properly, but I would love to know if anyone has any advice or wants to share their experience.
Did you also go to conventions when you were at university? Did you keep a figure budget or money pot when you were in Uni?

Thank you, please leave your comments even if you think my question has already been answered

Happy 2020 everyone!
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1pt
No experience in staying in uni room but I, for sure will not bring ITEM #929485 to my uni room. that seems expensive like hell and you will never know who will be entering your room in the future.

I dun go to cons now. Went once and I feel that it is swamped with people and it is too commercialized (limited to Singapore though)

Yup, I do have a figure budget. Using excel with some simple listing of po date and price helps alot in my case
3 месяца назад
1pt
I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you.

If it were my Uni's I would recommend keeping the figures at home. Too many parties and mischief happen at Uni's to be comfortable with having anything too valuable there. Plus, having any figures you buy shipped to your home sounds like the best plan to me as long as there is someone there to receive them.

As far as life advice, I would recommend saving as much money as possible. Sure, have some fun too but like others here have said you may want some of your fun money to be spent on other activities than figure buying because, after all, that type of life is a once in a lifetime type of thing. If you feel you can buy expensive figures and spend money on college activities, then fine. Plus, once you graduate, it can expensive to move and become independent of your parents so you'll need some money saved for that. Having money saved ends up giving you more options.
3 месяца назад
1pt
Probably gonna be a lot of American advice on uni accommodation... For those who are not in the UK, our halls are mostly single occupancy with shared facilities (bathroom & kitchen, though in newer halls you may be sharing with less people than older halls). Some unis do have shared rooms, but this is rare.

As uni rooms tend to be quite small, I'd recommend only bringing one or two figures to start with, if you want to. Can always "stock up" with more if you feel you have the space at a later date. I'd also recommend bringing more robust or cheaper figures to start with, whilst you decide if you're liable to getting drunk or inviting clumsy/drunk people into your room. I just used to meet people in the kitchen down the corridor as it was easier tbh, so I rarely had people in my room (didn't collect back then, though, so I didn't really have anything breakable on show).

Honestly, if you can save money whilst at uni, I'd recommend prioritising that where possible. Nothing wrong with having a "fun budget", but depending what happens when you graduate, you may need to move or whatnot, so it helps to have some money ready to go. I got married not long after uni, so it was nice to have half a house deposit, ready to go.

Even if you're not a big drinker, there might be other stuff you end up paying for if you find people to go out and do stuff with - so this may affect your budgeting. Thankfully, with UK unis, we don't have the silly "buy a million books" thing that US folk seem to suffer with - the uni library can be a useful place, and finding info online.

Personally, if your parents don't mind, I'd recommend just posting stuff to home. I didn't have any issues with my uni's post room, but I have heard the odd story of issues. Most of the stuff I ordered during termtime was like <£20, so I wasn't too concerned about it.
3 месяца назад
1pt
Cloudberry (3 месяца назад) #73199895What kind of scales were you looking/planning to get? I'm curious
(and to say hi to your parents).
And I think it's a good idea to have your packages shipped to your home rather than to your place at the uni; it might get mixed up, lost, or stolen at the uni.
And I always keep a budget when it comes to conventions; that place is dangerous for your wallet and impulse buying is very verrrryyy easy to do there (´□`). Its a good goal imo to save up for something as a goal, whether its for figures, conventions, or just for life stuff.


So, I'm hoping to get a few Re: Zero figures such as ITEM #929485 whenever she comes out and any other Re: Zero figures in the future, I don't want to hold back as much as I have been
I'm going back to my parents three times a year (Christmas break, Easter break and summer break), that's home and I'm staying home when I'm done with uni
Conventions are so difficult! Even now it's hard to hold back lol but thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it :)
3 месяца назад
1pt
What kind of scales were you looking/planning to get? I'm curious

If you have space, you can always bring a few of your figures to your new place at the uni instead of leaving it at home. If anything, if you leave them at home, make sure you come home occasionally to dust them off (and to say hi to your parents).

And I think it's a good idea to have your packages shipped to your home rather than to your place at the uni; it might get mixed up, lost, or stolen at the uni.

And I always keep a budget when it comes to conventions; that place is dangerous for your wallet and impulse buying is very verrrryyy easy to do there (´□`). Its a good goal imo to save up for something as a goal, whether its for figures, conventions, or just for life stuff.
3 месяца назад
1pt
There's no reason figure collecting and university have to be mutually exclusive.:) It's doable, especially if you're not paying out of pocket for much. I don't know if you have something like this in the UK, but I got a job at my uni as part of my financial aid package, so I did put aside some pocket money for anime stuff. My loans/financial aid took care of actual living costs, so whatever didn't have to be used for textbooks, laundry, etc. could be used for merch/figures. Also protip: buy pre-owned if possible. It really makes a difference especially with today's prices. Even though I can afford new now, I mainly opt for pre-owned.

I went to a few cons. A small group from my anime club even went to a local con together. Walking my campus in cosplay was pretty wild.XD Without my own car, I was limited to whenever someone felt like going with me. Plus, cons are expensive, so I only went to one a year if that.

I didn't bring any figures with me. I didn't deck out my dorm like a lot of other people did. I've experienced moving a few times before uni and hated it, so I didn't want to have to haul a bunch of stuff around only to take it home 8 months later. I just had figures I bought sent home. I did have merch shipped to me at college sometimes, but it was just little stuff like keychains.

You could bring a few figures with you if you wanted. Unless you plan to throw some wild parties, I think they'll be safe. It might be nice to have a little slice of home while you're there.
3 месяца назад
1pt
Hey, I've been hoping you've been well! Congrats on Uni offers.

I would recommend storing your figures in a closet or something while you are away at school. just have your parents place the boxes in a closet that's yours, or something like that. I don't know if I would personally take a figure into a room where I was sharing it with another person, especially because that raises the chances it could break. Or, in your case, think about if you will have people over in your room often. Instead, you could decorate your room with plushies if you feel the need to add some personal flair!

In regards to budget, just budget out what you want to spend on figures and keep strict to that budget.
3 месяца назад
1pt
Marshmallowpie (3 месяца назад) #73198670It depends on how much space you'll have and if you're shari g it with anyone. But if you have room and you're not sharing a space with anyone who might be a problem, bring maybe like two or three, since you'll probably end up buying more while you're there, haha.

Thanks lol (absolutely buying more)
I won’t be sharing due to my mental health so that’s not a concern
Thank you for bringing that up though, I didn’t think about that :)
3 месяца назад
1pt
It depends on how much space you'll have and if you're shari g it with anyone. But if you have room and you're not sharing a space with anyone who might be a problem, bring maybe like two or three, since you'll probably end up buying more while you're there, haha.
3 месяца назад
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