How often do you change your mats and blades?

It's been a dilemma for me since I got my first cutting machine.  How long can you make the mats and cutting blade last?  Sometimes that decision is made for your when the blade doesn't want to cut anymore or the mat is curling and won't hold paper, even after you apply more adhesive.  But I'm sure the manufacturers have a different idea on the number of uses they both can take.  I just ordered more mats and blades this weekend because I know I push the limits.  However, waiting till the blade is tearing paper or the paper is falling off the mat is waiting too long.
So, hardcore paper cutting machine lovers,  when do you make the change?  Do you do it monthly?  Every other month perhaps?  I would love to hear from others on this subject.
I just hate breaking in a new mat because they're so darn sticky!


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