Crafting Can Be Frugal

Are you into crafting? Do you like DIY projects?

If you answered yes to both questions you are in the right place. If crafting is in your blood and your funds are limited, your limited funds can go a long way at a craft store, Dollar Tree or <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon.

Crafting is still frugal if you know how to shop. Crafting can be a luxury of a person’s time and money. Walking into a craft store with the intends of buying one item and then leaving out with several different items adds up it can be quite expensive. Looking at DIY projects and getting ideas to make handmade items will add up in cost. If you are looking for cheap or free items don’t stop here keep reading.

Do you sew? Would like to get your fabric for cheap or even free?

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When you go to a craft stop you first start looking for the fabric and you are amazed by all the beautiful colors, textures and the patterns in front of you. You suddenly begin to look through all the rows and look at the walls to see which fabric to get. That’s an option but to spend less you would need to look again.

Step back and look again to save money you can get fabric from other sources. Other sources I know your thinking what other sources. Always check other sources first and then the clearance section. Other sources that you can use would be sheets, duvet covers, table clothes, curtains, and placemats. After the holidays and the season change always check to see what decors they have on clearance that you could possibly sew with even turn a Christmas tree skirt into a costume skirt for a princess. These items are always on clearance and most importantly they are already hemmed or have buttons on them that will allow you to work with them.

So, you don’t sew?

Your exactly right I don’t sew but I would like to make t-shirts with designs. I have made shirts with iron-on transfers and I have even tried to paint a shirt with a paper stencil. I want to purchase a Cricut or a Silhouette, but the cost is a bit pricey at this time, so I have been using an Exacto knife to cut out the designs for my t-shirts. I searched the internet and craft stores for a good price and have yet to find a good price.

Well, you would need to make sure that when you are looking at crafts stores you are checking for coupons and you are reading the fine print. Recently at Hobby Lobby, they had a 40% off coupon that came out and it had very little restrictions listed on the bottom of the coupon. With that coupon, you would be able to purchase a Silhouette for under $200 depending on what the price is in your store. If your local store may have it priced at $199.99 and then you would use the 40% off coupon which will then make it $119.99. Now that’s a deal.

With an in-store purchase, the Cricut nor the Silhouette comes with accessories or supplies unlike if you order them off <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon. The machine may be cheaper in store, but you would also need to factor in how much you will spend out of pocket on the supplies to get started to see if you will be spending more than the total machine cost to determine the better deal.

When purchasing your vinyl at a craft store always wait until they have a sale such as B1G1 50% or 25% off. You will come out cheaper purchasing vinyl off<a href="http://crafts“> Amazon. Also keep a eye out to when the supplies for the machine are on sale for 25%.

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Apps to Download to Get Deals:

Everyone should download the RetailMeNot app if you haven’t already. You can also download the app for each craft store. Use apps to save money while shopping in a store. Using the apps is the easiest way to save money at any time no having to remember to clip coupons and bring them in the store. You will only have to bring your phone to the store and present it to the cashier. I literally use this app on a daily basis to save money.

Can’t find what you are looking for always go to <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon

Amazon always has great deals, you can add items to your cart and then come back to them and place an order. If you have Prime you can get Free Two-Day Shipping on the items that show Prime eligible in your cart. For those of you that don’t have Prime, you can sign up here. If you don’t have Prime you will have to spend a minimum of $35 in order to receive free shipping. When placing your order for craft supplies you should make sure you stock up on them when they are on sale. I always purchase my ink cartridges, circuit blades, vinyl and transfer paper. I also buy items in bulk that I know I use on a regular basis and could never have enough of such as mason jars, hats, t-shirts, and cups. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 

Dollar Tree

Oh, yes Dollar Tree takes coupons. Dollar Tree offers so many great things that can help you keep your craft corner stocked up. You have a last-minute project to complete and you don’t have even supplies go to Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree has everything from beads, marbles, stones, paint the brushes, construction paper and yarn and so much more. You are also able to place orders online and in bulk.

While shopping online if you don’t have Ebates make sure you sign up here for it. Ebates gives you cash back when you make qualifying purchases online.

Remember in crafting not have a tutorial can be the BEST way to be creative with crafting. You repurpose and create a vision like no other.

 

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Your First Shopping Trip. Ready to GO SHOPPING?

I hope you answered YES. The wait is finally over.  I will break down the five steps to get you started on your first shopping trip

1. Determine what grocery stores are in your area to shop at.

Here we have several different grocery stores to choose from Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, Just Save, Charlie C’s and etc. Remember if the store everyday prices are extremely lower then their sales are normal the greatest. They rely on their daily sales to entice their customers. But on the other hand, if the store has higher prices they use their sales to entice their shoppers but you will also end up buying items that aren’t on sale during this time cause the prices of other items are much lower. 

You can use the store website, the sales paper or even a app to help you make your list.  
Here are my recommendations on coupon matchup sites:

Dellys Deals

Kroger Krazy 

Moola Saving Mom

Coupon Mom

I Heart Publix

Southern Savers

If you are looking for a specific store you would just google the store name with coupon matchups and something will definitely pop up.  After you find the store matchups you can bookmark it and go back and reference the site. If you are needing help with Coupon Lingo refer back to the blog post Coupon Lingo.

2. Look for the current deals for this week on the coupon matchup site that you have to choose.

Now that you have decided on a site and what store you want to shop at look at the website and click on this week’s ad and browse to see what you would like to buy. 

  • Make sure you are reading everything and taking notes:
  • Check the total price after the coupons.
  • Look to see if its a great deal compared to another store that it may be on sale at?
  • What items do my family and I need or want?
  • Do it require a coupon from the newspaper inserts?
  • Do it require a printable coupon?
  • Are there links to the printable coupon in the deals?

Continue to do this if you are going to more than one store in your area. You can always consider which store to go to based off of which store that has more items that you want to purchase. Using the coupon matchup site will save you a lot of time so make sure you are utilizing this tool.

3. Make your list.
Now, your going to make a list for the one store of your choice. Pick the top 3 items on your list for the store that you choose.  Remember you are just getting started so you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. We are going to take small steps with learning how to use coupons.

Eventually, it will get easy to compile a list of 20 items with 30 coupons. We are going to start small then move big. Depending on what coupon match up a site you use you can check the boxes and print the list out or you can write it out. When writing out your list make sure you include the exact name of the product along with the size of the product, the sale price and what coupon you are using. 

When choosing the items you want to purchase make sure they fit the following criteria. 

  • After coupons, it is over 60% savings from the regular price.
  • If it is a printable coupon that is required it is still available at this time. 
  • That the item is something that you use in your household.

This is only the beginning and unless you have been collecting newspaper inserts for a long period of time you won’t have a huge supply of coupons. Which is okay but in the weeks to come you will come across more coupons you should have at least one computer to print coupons for. Refer to Where do I find the coupons at? and that will help you to find coupons. 

4. Gather your coupons.
Make sure you use the links that on the site to print coupons if there are printable coupons available. You can print the same coupon twice from the same coupon. Once you have printed the coupons you would then need to cut them for your shopping trip.

Always remember that if the item is Buy One Get Free you can use a coupon for each item and that will lower your out of pocket expense. On your list, you would need to put beside each item how many coupons you will need for the items that you are going to be purchasing.

5. Ready to GO Shopping?
Are you excited? This is your first shopping trip to the store. ONLY purchase what is on your list. I repeat ONLY purchase what’s on your list. If you need additional items make a separate trip to the store to purchase those items. 

Now that you have found the items you had on your list before proceeding to the checkout check your coupons for the size and quantities to make sure they are correct.

When you are in the checkout line make sure you tell the cashier that you have coupons and they will then let you know if you would need to hand them over upfront or after they have rung up the items. 

Always pay attention that all your coupons have been scanned and now were skipped or forgotten. Once you see your receipt the nervousness and worrying will be over!

And that’s it you might not feel like it is much that you have done on your first trip because it wasn’t a lot of items but you have to start small in order to get the hang of couponing. Now if you feel confident after this trip to try it again repeat the steps and go to another store of the same store with different items on your list but make sure you only do a few items at a time. 

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Comment below on how your first shopping trip was and show your receipt with your items so we can see your work.