Do you love to do arts and crafts projects but find that the cost of supplies can be a bit much?
If so, you’re not alone.
Now that the holiday expenses out of the way, many crafters may be looking for sales on crafts supplies so they can finally purchase all of that fabric, paint and yarn they wanted.
Regardless of the time of year, a few extra clicks can help uncover a coupon or sale item you never knew about. From shopping around for discounts to taking advantage of free resources online, it is possible to save money while still getting quality products for your next project.
Below are a few tips and suggestions to get you started searching for bargains.
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Two of the easiest, most effective ways to save money on arts and crafts supplies are coupons and discounts. Coupon sites can be a great way to uncover discounts and find new shopping sites. Typing "Crafts" into many of these sites will uncover 25 and 50 percent off coupons. If you want to go the extra mile, you could get cash back with Coupon Chief
or use a price comparison website to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Buy in Bulk
Buying your supplies in bulk
is another great way to save money. Many craft stores offer special discounts when you buy larger quantities of certain materials, so it pays off to purchase art and craft supplies in bulk if you plan on regularly using them. You may be able to find better deals online compared to in-store prices. Just make sure to purchase from reliable sources and read reviews before committing.
Many manufacturers test out the effectiveness of their social media feeds by putting a sale only on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Sometimes a low-key sale is a thank you to loyal fans, other times, a way to unload a small amount of stock. Either way, following your favorite brands on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram can turn up discounts and sales. Facebook also has private groups like "Michael's Clearance
," where fans of the chain store share found bargains.
Big Box Bargains
National chain stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric
have coupons available almost every week, but the offers can vary from store to store. That means you have to be a little proactive and look up your store's discounts on Michaels' coupons page.
Deep Discount Sites
While eBay and Etsy might be top choices to find bargain supplies, Overstock.com
also has a discount craft supplies with a notable amount of machines. If you're planning to make a big purchase, it can't hurt to check the prices.
Shopping secondhand is a great way to save money on arts and crafts supplies. You can find secondhand items from thrift stores, yard sales, or online marketplaces like Craigslist and eBay. Shopping secondhand has the added benefit of reducing waste — you’ll be reusing items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. You can also find unique and interesting supplies at secondhand stores that are hard to come by anywhere else. Make sure to inspect items for quality before you purchase them. This will help ensure that you get the most out of your purchase.