If you are anything like me, your innocent little hobby can get very expensive. You always need new tools or new materials to complete the last stage of a project, or you have a project in mind that requires you to start from scratch and buy all new items. A simple shopping trip can lead you to spend far more than you intended, especially on items that are not on your shopping list; however, if you can find a way to save money upfront, you will have money left over for those unexpected splurges. Here are 10 simple ways to cut your bill:
10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Craft Supplies
1. I love saving money (who doesn't), but I also know that if you spend a little more upfront to buy high-quality products, they will last a lifetime and save you money in the long run.
2. Buy used craft supplies from flea markets or on eBay.
3. Do not buy items you will never use. It sounds easy enough, but how many times have you been in a supply store and have seen an item on sale and just added it to your cart? Or, more commonly, you bought a multipack for a few dollars more instead of buying the single item. The multipack is usually full of items you will never use, whereas, the single item is a necessity.
4. Do not shop for future projects that you may never start. Buy what you need for your current craft and leave the store.
5. Think of new uses for old items. Instead of buying decorative paper or wallpaper to cover a plain box, repurpose your old greeting cards. Cover the box with greeting cards or postcards using Mod Podge. This idea would also work well on an old suitcase or trunk.
Before you throw something away, think about if you can use it to store old buttons, sequins, or miscellaneous craft supplies. Reusing tin cans or glass jars is one of the simplest ways to save money on storing your supplies.
6. Every crafter knows that it is important to save all unused materials, such as scraps of paper, fabric, and yarn.
7. If a project doesn't work out, do not throw it away. Save it and reuse the parts for a new project.
8. Trade or exchange supplies with other crafters. Bartering was the norm for centuries; people traded what they did not need for items that they did need.
9. Stock up on items you use all the time. If you knit, buy yarn when it is on sale. It will never go to waste.
10. Use the Internet to help you save money. You do not need to buy expensive books or magazines anymore because you can find free patterns, clip art, or diagrams online.
These are just a few ways to save money on craft supplies. The idea is to save money without feeling the pain. Keep in mind that there are many resources for coupons and coupon codes for Craft Supply stores, such as Michaels.com, ACMoore.com, and Joann.com. Also, remember to search for printable coupons before you visit your local store.