Enjoying crafts is something that you are able to have fun with and an activity that can be very satisfying. And, if you homeschool you likely use plenty of craft supplies each year.
There are a lot of craft supplies that can be extremely costly but it doesn't have to be. Coming up with ways to cut the cost of craft supplies can be a challenge, but it can be done.
Here are some ideas on how you can cut the cost of craft supplies and enjoy what you do.
Shop the Local Sales
You can save quite a few dollars when you watch for the local craft store sales fliers. When you buy at a store on a regular basis inquire if they have mailing lists or newsletters to let you know of forthcoming sales events. Sign up for these and you will never miss a sale. Many stores offer email newsletters these days as well.
Stocking up during sales can save you big money on craft supplies you use regularly or large ticket supplies. Fantastic times for sales events are after major holidays, such as Christmas, and seasons. So if you enjoy crafting a good deal, stock up for the following year by purchasing seasonal supplies when they are on sale.
Clearance sales are wonderful for stocking up.
Buy Supplies in Bulk
Buying in bulk is another excellent way to save some money on craft supplies. If there's a particular type of craft that you enjoy doing, buying in bulk can provide some serious savings. If you purchase in bulk, the store might be able to pass on to you a price reduction. Don't be afraid to ask how you can acquire your craft supplies at wholesale costs.
Partner with Friends
When I scrapbooked on a regular basis (oh I can't wait to have time again for that!) I used to split the cost of certain materials with my friends who scrapped. You could do the same with homeschool friends, or other friends who share similar crafting hobbies as you. If you buy in bulk you can really save if you split the purchase a few ways.
Check out Online Stores
Don't forget to check out online craft supply stores. You'll discover that shopping online is a great way to purchase your craft supplies direct from the manufacturer, and therefore you can cut costs. You'll find that when you cut out the middle man you purchase supplies relatively inexpensively. Be sure and watch for the extra shipping charges. You won't want shipping costs to take away your online savings.
Recycle for Free Supplies
Another great way to cut the cost of crafting is to recycle everyday material into craft supplies. Save your egg cartons, jar lids, wrapping paper, yarn, and other miscellaneous items and in no time you will have a well stocked craft closet. Ask your friends to save things for you too.
Crafting can be affordable if you just put your mind to saving money while enjoying your hobby.
Check Out Freecycle Groups
We have a semi-local craft recycling store where I can get stuff cheap but if you don't a brick-and-mortar store, try searching for Facebook groups in your area.
Pro Tip: Budget Ahead for Supplies
Ultimately, if you take your hobby seriously you want to budget ahead for needs. That doesn't mean you forget trying to save on craft supplies but you have money set aside to leverage sales and specials when the come up. So be sure to add a line item to your budget for craft and/or homeschool craft supplies.
How do you save on craft supplies?
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