From eating and traveling to monthly bills and hobbies, we all want to save money.
Especially on our hobbies – because let’s face it, when the budget has to be tightened up, those are some of the first things to get a trim.
Whether you’re cutting back on expenses or just trying to get more bang for your crafting buck, there’s a few creative ways (even that can be creative!) to save money.
Here’s a few to get you started:
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Shop at The Dollar Tree
Have you looked at the price of floral foam lately? That stuff is crazy expensive!
But not at The Dollar Tree. Most locations offer several different shapes and sizes too – all for $1 each. You can also find wreath bases, floral tape and wire, moss, and flowers and greenery. And that’s just the floral section!
Here’s some other crafting supplies I’ve found at The Dollar Tree – all for $1:
- small bottles of Mod Podge
- ribbon, jute, ropes, and cords
- gems, rocks, pebbles, stones, and marbles
- glue sticks, tacky glue, and tape
- candles and holders
- decorative mesh
- craft foam
- paper mache boxes
- art paint brushes
- fabric tote bags
- chenille stems
Use Apps, Texts, and Newsletters
Gone are the days of depending on sales circulars in your mailbox for sales, discounts, or special offers. All the major craft retailers have either email newsletters, apps, or available text notifications – often all three.
Using these tools keeps you in the loop for snagging great deals that are often only offered for a limited time – sometimes just a single day.
You can sign up for newsletters and available text alerts at each store’s website, and search for their apps in your mobile app store.
Here’s a few store hacks I’ve picked up:
- If you shop at Hobby Lobby, you’ve probably noticed that whole categories of items will go on sale from time to time. Have you noticed, however, that these sales have a distinct cycle? A cashier at my local store recently told me that metal decor goes on sale for 50% off every other week. If you have certain areas of the store you like to purchase from, ask if you can get the details of the sales cycle of those items in your location, then plan your shopping trips to match sales weeks.
- You probably know the Hobby Lobby app features a 40% off coupon for one regular-priced item. But did you know you can use it once every day for the entire week? And that if you’re shopping with a friend you can both use the very same coupon as long as you pay separately? This was another cashier tip I picked up when one of my kids made a purchase and I tried to “give” them my coupon. We were both able to enjoy 40% off our item with the same app coupon!
- Michael’s offers web shopping with free store pick-up. An item on my craft storage wish list showed up in a one-day 50% off sale from the online store, with free in-store pickup. I placed my order and paid online, then dropped by the store later and picked it up. The offer was only available online, but I was still able to get it that day.
- Check your Michael’s receipt for a survey invitation. If you’re invited to fill out a survey about your in store shopping experience (the surveys are not long), you can get a shopping code redeemable for cash off a future qualifying purchase.
Plan Ahead and Shop Seasonally
When you know you’ll be using specific supplies again next year – or have a really heavy dose of patience – shopping post-season sales can save you a lot of money on supplies.
It’s a good idea to check stock immediately after a holiday and decide if you’re willing to purchase at the initial mark down or want to take the chance on waiting a few more days when deeper discounts will be added.
Here’s a project I never pay full price for by shopping post-season sales.
Create a Workable Scrap Collection
Saving bits and bobs from projects is a good way to cut your crafting expenses because you may have much of what you need for your project already on hand. Scrapbooking and paper crafts are perfect examples.
I have boxes full of random-sized pieces of patterned papers and card stock, sorted into color families so I can easily find what I need. Often it’s just a small piece that was leftover from another project, which saves a trip to the craft store – and money for more supplies I don’t even need to buy.
The challenge is to keep supplies organized in such a way that you can find them when you need them. Find what works for you and use your system.
Make Your Own Version
Search Pinterest for ideas and recipes for supplies you commonly use. Someone has probably found a way to make it!
Of course I can’t talk about saving money on supplies and not mention thrift stores!
Obviously, you can’t exactly go in with a shopping list for craft supplies, but if you frequent them often enough, you’ll likely run into some supplies you can snag for mere pennies on the dollar!
Some of my best craft finds at thrift stores have been yarn, ribbons, fabric, and kid’s craft supplies.
A cousin to thrift store shopping is yard sale shopping. And the chances of finding a collection of supplies is actually even better with yard sales because people will usually have a whole box or bag of supplies they clean out all at once.
I’ve seen all sorts of craft supplies at yard sales and my crafty mind can’t grasp the fact that people just amble past them headed to the yard tools or clothes or dishes!
If you hit one of those sales where they want you to take the whole lot but you don’t really want it all, negotiate for the best price and take it all anyway. Then donate what you don’t want to the thrift store for craft supply-seeking thrift store shoppers. 🙂
Local Buy-Sell Groups
Check Craigslist or local buy/sell papers or groups for supplies. Although they’re usually geared more toward larger items, you’d be surprised by what people will sometimes list for sale. Plus, some of these outlets will allow you to post wanted ads.
And there you have my best tips for saving money on your crafting supplies!
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