How to Save Money on Craft Supplies

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated December 1, 2020

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Money Saving Tips
February 7, 2018

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While making crafts can certainly be fun and entertaining, it can also be quite expensive sometimes. Some craft supplies can wind up costing you a pretty penny, but thankfully, there are many ways to save big on craft supplies. Consider these options and tips the next time you go shopping for craft supplies, and you’ll likely save plenty of money.

Believe it or not, dollar and discount stores often have a pretty decent selection of craft supplies. Go there first before heading out to any craft stores to see what you can find. Chances are you’ll walk out with a large haul of supplies for a fraction of the price of what the craft stores charge.

The major craft stores all issue coupons on a regular basis. Time your shopping with the availability of the coupons if possible, and you can save up to 50 percent on most craft supplies. Additionally, the major craft stores often accept coupons from other stores in order to be competitive, so if you don’t have a coupon for one particular store, ask them if they’ll accept the coupon from a competitor. Loyalty cards from some stores also provide you with extra discounts at times.

Online stores and major e-tailers such as Amazon often sell craft supplies in bulk at prices that are close to wholesale. If you know you’re going to need a lot of one particular item, try purchasing it online in bulk, and you’ll save a good deal of money on craft supplies in the long run.

If you’re going to make any purchases online, consider online cash-back sites such as E-bates. E-bates acts as sort of a portal to hundreds of other stores, including major craft stores, and gives you a percentage of cash back on any purchases you make at those stores. The site also lets you know what sales, discounts and coupons are available for each store.

Chances are you’ve got plenty of things lying around the house that you can use to make some of your crafts. From paper towel and toilet roll cardboard tubes to styrofoam packing pieces from something you’ve ordered, a number of items can be useful instead of just trash. Look around and see what you can use for current and future crafts, and you’ll save plenty of money by not having to purchase many supplies at all!

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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