Income and Investments Ways to Save When Doing DIY Arts/Crafts Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Written by Elle Martinez Published Oct 7, 2016 2 min read Looking to expand your skills with DIY art projects, but you’re on a budget? If you do a lot of crafts either for your own home, as a hobby, or as a side business, supplies and equipment can quickly add up. Here are some tips that can help you get the best deals on materials you need to create your next project. Be a Savvy Shopper First off, see if your local art store offers discounts for a being a loyal customer. If you’re not sure, ask them! You may be able to shave off a bit of your purchases each visit. I’m all for bargain hunting, but recognize where to save and where to spend. Some items can be bought at a great price, but still have quality while others are cheap because they’re cheap. Grab your coupons either off-line from local papers or online with sites like RetailMeNot or Groupon. You can save big and get everything on your list. If your budget permits, buy some of your supplies in bulk. You can grab some for your more essential and regular supplies. Making the Most Out of What You Have Don’t waste any of your precious paint in the tube! For a few bucks you can pick up a paint tube wringer that will squeeze out the last drop. Be meticulous with caring for your current brushes and other items. Whether you have a home studio or a small nook where you do crafts, keep things organized. It’ll help you when you have to resupply and you can make sure your items last longer. Finding Out of The Box Uses for Supplies Artist and author Lee Hammond claimed that you can save big by getting a fisherman’s tackle box instead of a storage box from art stores! She also noted that suitable paint pallets can be found at the dollar store (they’re sold as condiment trays). Test out which tricks and tips work for your projects and budgets. You may discover that it’s worth spending the extra money on certain equipment. Getting creative is all in the spirit of crafts so next time you’re looking at a new project, try to see if you can get some good deals on your supplies. You may be able to level up your skills and make this labor of love into a business you enjoy! How many of you have a dedicated area for your crafts? What have been some of your favorite projects? What are your favorite ways to save on supplies? Written by Elle Martinez Elle helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income, and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second. More from Elle Martinez Visit the website of Elle Martinez. Follow Elle Martinez on Facebook. Follow Elle Martinez on Twitter. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Browse Related Articles Self-Employed Self Employed: Living and Working Abroad? Here’s What… Investments What is a Bear Market and What Does it Mean to You? Income and Investments 4 Summer Activity Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank Tax Planning Everything You Need to Know About Property Taxes Self-Employed Self-Employed? Quarterly Tax Date Deadlines for Estimat… Income and Investments Recent Grad? Here are Four Reasons to Start Saving Now … Investments Real Estate Taxes vs. Property Taxes Retirement So You’re Thinking About Retiring One Day? Self-Employed Self-Employed Tax Tips & Summer Jobs Work So You’re Crossing State Lines?