Crafting is a fun and satisfying hobby, but it can also be expensive. One of the biggest challenges for crafters is avoiding the temptation to buy more supplies than they need. Overbuying can be a big drain on your wallet, not to mention the space in your craft room. If you’re a DIY’er, wreath maker, florist, or just love crafting, then this blog is for you. Here are seven tips to control spending on craft supplies and save some money.
Tips to Control Spending on Craft Supplies
- Make a list – Before you head to the craft store, make a list of the items you need for your project. It can be hard, but stick to the list and avoid the temptation to deviate from it. If you’re not sure if you have enough of something, check your stash before heading out.
- Plan your projects – Take time to plan out your projects before you start them. This will give you an idea of what supplies you need and how much you’ll need of each. This will also help you avoid buying more than you need, especially if you’re working with expensive materials like premium silk flowers or ribbons.
- Shop your stash – Before you head to the craft store, take a look at what you already have in your craft room. You may be surprised at the things you’ve forgotten about. Keeping your craft room tidy and organized really helps with this. Take stock of what you have and see if you can use any of it for your current project. You’ll be surprised how often you can substitute supplies without changing the outcome.
- Consider alternative materials – This is along the same lines as above, but consider using alternative materials. For example, one thing I am always preaching in my design group is that you don’t usually have to have the exact supply to make it work. If you don’t have a particular pick or spray, many times you can make your own. Pay attention to what elements make up that item and put it together with zip ties or pipe cleaners. Instead of buying expensive ribbon for a wreath bow, use left over florals and cluster them making a focal point. Be like MacGyver… Get creative and think outside the box!
- Avoid sales unless you need something – Sales can be so tempting, but they can also lead to overbuying. If there’s a sale going on, only buy what you need for your current project. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale.
- Set a budget – You are setting yourself up for failure if you don’t set a budget for your craft supplies. Then set short term goals to stick to it. I like to work in limited time frames, maybe a week at a time. If you do overspend, don’t beat yourself up. Just adjust your budget for the next month.
- Don’t compare yourself to others on social media – This is the biggest temptation to overspend for me! Social media can be a great source of inspiration, but it can also lead to overbuying. As crafters, it’s in our nature to be distracted by the next shiny thing. Don’t compare yourself to others and feel like you need to keep up. Remember, crafting is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Don’t let the pressure to keep up with others ruin that for you. If I feel the need to compare, I take a break from social media, only logging in to post what I need to keep my business current.
Crafting is a wonderful hobby that can be both fun and rewarding. However, overbuying craft supplies can be a drain on your wallet and your craft room space…Not to mention stressful! By following these seven tips, you can avoid overbuying and enjoy your crafting without the guilt. Remember to plan your projects, shop your stash, set a budget, and don’t compare yourself to others. With these tips in mind, your crafting will be even more enjoyable.
Let me know in the comments if you have a trick to help you control your craft supply budget.
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