This week will be short and sweet. Since budget is one of the bigger concerns for a gamer, finding ways to stretch the gaming dollar is very important. For me, one of the best is to not waste anything, and the used bitz market. For the first part, it is as simple as saving offcuts and clipping extra parts off sprue and saving them for later use.
The second part is trickier, as many game shops don't have used minis for sale. This is not such a big deal, however, as if you look around, many players have extra parts, and are willing to sell you them for cheap.
I recommend trying to organize a day for players to get together and sell used minis and bitz they don't want.
like I said, short and sweet.