Whether you craft as a hobby or like to save money with DIY projects, it’s easy to say that craft supplies aren’t always cheap. Don’t let your budget hinder your next project—here are a few ways you can continue crafting while saving money at the same time!
Take Advantage of Sales
Never pass up a good sale, especially on items that you buy or use frequently. Even though you may already have some at home, if the item on sale is something you know you will be buying again once you run out, then go ahead and stock up while it’s discounted.
This way you will be saving money in the long run by getting the items at a cheaper rate than usual. You won’t have to worry about running to the store last minute for something you don’t have! This comes in handy with off-season items, such as holiday decor. If Christmas has ended, take advantage of the holiday decor on sale for next year!
Focus on One Project at a Time
When heading into the craft store, it can be quite tempting to buy all kinds of stuff, but if you’re only working on one project, then try to maintain focus on those items. Make a list of the specific things you will need, and try to get in and out of the store as quick as you can, limiting your “browsing” time.
This technique will not only save you money, but will help keep you organized and ready to complete one project at a time. As a crafter or a DIYer, it can be hard to juggle and complete multiple projects at once, so focusing on one will help you accomplish your goals faster.
Shop At Unexpected Stores
You can find craft supplies in quite a few unexpected places that you might not usually visit. The thrift store has some great finds for a low budget, such as glass jars, bottles, and mirrors. You can always opt to buy items from the thrift store and repurpose it into something new and beautiful.
If you don’t have a thrift store nearby, or if you’ve scoured their shelves multiple times, check out your local garage sales early on the weekends. This is a fun way to get out of the house, while shopping for your favorite supplies.
Sharing Is Caring
Maybe you have a friend who likes to craft just as much as you do, or maybe you’re part of a craft group, like a quilting club. Whoever you like to share your craft skills with, try to share supplies instead of each having your own.
This comes particularly handy with more expensive equipment, like sewing machines, hole punches, or die cutting machines. If you can pitch in with a friend, or just share supplies between people, it can really help you maintain your budget each time you start a new project.
These money-saving tips for your craft supplies will keep your budget on point, and your projects looking great!