Being Creative On A Budget

Let’s face the facts . . . being creative can really make your wallet feel some serious pains.  Today is about trying to fuel your fire for less bucks.

Flea markets can be a great find for creative supplies.  I often find that some of my best ideas come from something I find at flea markets.  What I like about them is that my mind naturally looks at things differently.  Someone sees a curtain, I see the perfect stuffing for a teddy bear.  You spy a driftwood wall hanging, I envision a way to organize my necklaces.  The possibilities can be endless.  On the other hand, some of my Flea Market Finds (FMF’s) sit around for a year or more before inspiration and effort combine and bring out the best in them.

The other way I supply the needs of my habit is through signing up for digital coupons from stores like Michaels, Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.  They regularly have digital coupons for up to 50% off one regularly priced item.  I noticed that today Joann Fabrics did 50% off of two regularly priced items.

When I have these coupons, I try to only buy one or two items which saves me money in the long run.  It just means I have to plan ahead and be patient as I gather my materials.  Patience is not really one of my virtues, but luckily being thrifty is.  I am fortunate enough that the local Michaels and Joann Fabric are within a few minutes of each other.  I use them the most because of that.  The Hobby Lobby is on the far side of town and I typically only shop there if I’m going to that side of town or can’t find what I want at the other two stores.

Yard sales can also yield craft supplies and ideas.  But, I’m not a fan of them.  The bulk of items seem to be unfinished projects are very worn tools.  I personally loathe yard sales in general.

So, there you have it. . . it’s not a big secret.  It’s just planning and patience.

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