I guess i am in the mood to power blog, so here is another post. Since i am not qualified to offer any tutorials yet, i thought i offer some money saving tips when it comes to shopping for your craft supplies. Feel free to chime in and share your tips.
Since my husband caps my crafting budget, i have to spend my money wisely. I sometimes spend more than my budget (for example this month), but he is quite understanding especially if it happens during special months such as birthday, anniversary, christmas or when he simply wants to say sorry for what he did…j/k
Without further ado, I present you my tips
1. Alway have Jo-ann coupon in your purse (40% – 50% off)
I clip them every week from here because I often stop by Jo-ann Friday afternoon after work just to reward myself after a long week at work. I don’t normally buy fabric there, but they have good deals on patterns (keep your eyes peeled for $1 pattern day), notions, books and magazine. BTW, same goes for Borders. They bombard me with coupons every week.
2. Be part of your favorite stores’ mailing list, so that you know when discounts are happening
3. Sign up for special membership to receive discount
I paid $20 annual feel at Kinokuniya to receive 10% off for every dollar that i spend there. The three Bunka’s books that i recently acquired made that annual fee worth it (it was $44/book + tax)
4. Shop online
Because it is cheaper (they don’t have too much overhead to maintain) and you don’t have to pay sales tax if the shop is not in your home state. Having said that, try to balance it out and shop at your local indie shops. After all, you don’t want them to be out of business
5. Check out Trueup.net weekend post
Kim from True Up has a weekly sale round-up of the US and International fabric shops
6. Create a wish list and execute it when the price is right
I notice that craft stores, online and brick and mortar alike, are always discounting during holiday (memorial day, labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, anniversary…you name it). You may want to create a wish list before those holidays and jump the gun when discount is happening. That way, you are only buying what you need at lower price
7. My favorite shops (always have good deals or offer some sort of discount)
Knitpicks.com – quality yarn at affordable price, free shipping in the US for a minimum order of $50
Webs.com – this a yarn store where you receive 20% off for $65 minimum spending
Fabric.com – free shipping for order $35 and above
Etsy – Quilting cotton is typically 25% off MSRP
amazon – nothing beat this bad boy (fast shipping at low price). I not only buy books from amazon, but also knitting needles, toiletries, shoes, bags etc. Disclaimer: I used to intern at this company
8. Set a budget and stick to it. It certainly forces me to prioritize and spends my dough wisely
9. Local library
This is the ultimate money saving source. You can check out a ton of books and DVD for free. My local library has an impressive list of craft books, so i am happy to be paying income tax in Cupertino 🙂
My apology if this post is more helpful to my fellow American crafters. What are your money saving tips?