Save Some Moolah – Tip #4

I definitely recommend looking for deals in clearance aisles and at discount stores, but I also wanted to offer a tip/warning about being a smart shopper that I learned from experience: do not pick up that “great deal” if it’s not your style or won’t mesh with your current stash of supplies!  For example, if you have a collection of only cutesy image stamps and paper, it doesn’t make much sense to buy elegant sentiment stamps (even at sale price).  With mismatched items, you may not end up using them because they don’t go with what you already have or  you will make cards and wonder why they don’t look “right.”

Just like shopping for your wardrobe, if you find a craft supply that goes with other supplies you already have, you’ll get more use out of it.  If you find something on super sale, but then have to make other purchases in order to use it, you probably aren’t saving much money.  I have made this mistake before, so I just wanted to share a reminder about evaluating if a deal is really a good deal for YOU so that you can avoid the frustration of having mismatched craft supply collections

Also, to get a better idea of what meshes and matches, you can learn more about distinct styles from this free download of the Card Design Handbook Glossary of Design(from Paper Crafts Magazine).

Specifically, look at page 4 to learn or review the differences between these styles: Fun & Cute, Classy & Elegant, Clean & Graphic, and Shabby Chic & Vintage.

As you grow your collection, it’s fine to try new styles, products, and techniques, but just remember to be a savvy craft shopper and think about what you would like to create before you make that purchase so you get more bang for your buck:)

October 26, 2012. Tags: , . Tip. 1 comment.

Save Some Moolah – Tip #3

Check out the website of your favorite craft store and consider signing up for their mailing list.  Many craft stores will mail and/or e-mail you coupons and sale ads if you get on their mailing list.  I have an email account separate from my personal e-mail account that I use to sign up for these mailing lists.  That way I can check this separate e-mail account to look at these emails filled with sales and coupons when I want, but don’t feel bombarded by offers in my personal e-mail box.

My favorite coupons to use are 40% off a single item and 20% off your entire purchase, so be on the look out for those and plan out your shopping trips accordingly so you can maximize your savings and be less tempted for last-minute additions to your shopping cart when you are in the store.

May 11, 2012. Tags: , , , . Tip. Leave a comment.