Estimated Monthly Savings: $30
With the holidays fast approaching, many people are thinking about making crafts as gifts and decorations. Crafts are also fun, memorable activities for families. Pinterest and YouTube have made it easier than ever to get ideas and inspiration for craft projects. Unfortunately, craft supplies can be expensive, and it’s all too easy to overspend. Here are 4 ways you can get the craft supplies you want for less than you might think.
1. Try free first. Craft supplies are often available for free–you just have to know where to look. Check out your local Freecycle or Craigslist ads. Crafters who don’t want to finish a project often decide to give away their materials. If you work with large-scale crafts, such as furniture, this is particularly true. You can also get free craft supplies by asking friends and neighbors. One fun way to get free craft supplies is to host an “Extra Craft Supplies” party. Guests bring items they don’t need and exchange them for supplies they’ll actually use.
2. Recycle household items. Crafts are a great way to recycle. Some of the most common household items used in crafting are egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, bottle caps, yogurt cups, and milk jugs. Save these items throughout the year to use for holiday projects.
3. Check out thrift stores. Thrift stores often get craft supplies as donations. Most larger thrift retailers have an area for craft materials, such as patterns, ribbon, yarn, fabric, and other materials. Thrifting is like a treasure hunt–you don’t know what amazing inspiration you might find!
4. Pay attention to coupons and sales. It’s better to buy some types of craft supplies new, such as paints and markers. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay full price! Do your research before you go to the craft store. Most larger retailers offer a weekly ad, as well as coupons. Take advantage of digital coupons on your phone, and plan your purchases before you buy.
When you craft, you make something from your heart. Use these simple tips to maximize your crafting dollars, and you’ll be able to do more of what you love.