Friday, May 17, 2013

Crafting on a Budget

I don't know about you, but I like to try to get the most for my dollar. Whether it be groceries, clothing, craft supplies, etc. I really try to get as much as I can for sale or from discount stores. I thought I would share some of the places that I find discounted craft supplies. Like most discount stores, the stock varies by store and by week, but I still find decent scrap supplies at the following stores on a regular basis.

TJMaxx/Marshalls (Sometimes even HomeGoods)
-- These stores are great for Thickers and Paper punches. I find all kinds of different Thicker packs for only 1.49 (they are 4.99 at all of the main craft chain stores) and also EKSuccess and Martha Stewart  paper punches. I have even happened upon some 6x6 paper pads, but this has only happened once.

Big Lots
I just actually ran in to a new(ish) Big Lots right next door to the Walmart that I grocery shop at earlier this week. In addition to finding some needed makeup and face cleanser wipes for a really great price, I also found some great deals on various paper craft supplies (I seriously almost squealed when I turned the corner and found the entire row of awesomely priced supplies). They had a ton of Making Memories, Pebbles and American Craft stickers and Alphas. The only thing is that the supplies are not the latest, they are usually overstock or older supplies that didn't sell elsewhere - though the supplies are still good quality. This really isn't important to me though as I don't have to keep my supplies completely current because of design team requirements, so this is a store I plan on returning to!

Tuesday Mornings
(I am not sure how large this chain is - I have only seen them in the VA area where I live) Like Big Lots, not the newest supplies, but if this isn't totally necessary for you, definitely a store to check out.

The Big Chain Stores (Michaels/ACMoore/Walmart)
You can also check out Michaels periodically - usually more so during the week - They put a lot of random supplies on clearance, but they don't advertise this so you really have to check the stores on a regular basis. I have been able to add to my stock of Memento Dew Drop ink pads and just today was able to score a pack of We R Memory Keepers photo dividers for only 2.79 on clearance.

ACMoore also has had some really great sales over the last few months. I have been able to slowly build my supply of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers during a number of weeks that they were on sale from 14.99 to 7.88 for a pack of 6 markers (considering a single Copic alcohol marker can cost almost that much, this is a GREAT deal) They have also had their Darice products, such as their embossing folders and decorative (wash) tapes on sale for 2.00 and .99 respectively.

I typically use the 40%/50% coupons for Michaels and ACMoore to buy the adhesive for my ATG gun. With the coupon, I just can't find a better price anywhere for my adhesives.

Walmart mainly has some nice 1.00 options from Studio G as well as ColorBok paper pads for 3.00 - 5.00 dollars. This is the place that I buy my white card stock (100 sheets for 5.95 for good quality) as well as my envelopes. The prices for the envelopes just can't be beat. It is also the cheapest place I have found so far to buy acryllic paints.

Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree is pretty much the only place I go to buy the base products for a lot of the non-card paper products I create including mini notebooks, mini notepad packs, clip boards, small plastic photo frames.

Do you have any favorite spots to pick up craft supplies?

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! We have a Tuesday Morning over near Grandma's house, on 12th and Pittsburgh. I've been in it twice. Not much for scrapbooking, but I guess it's hit or miss. I did pick up foam dimensionals for $1.99 a pack the first time. Everywhere else they're $3.99. Which is the same, I guess, as using a 50% off coupon, so I haven't been back in a while. It's way across town for me, otherwise I'd probably check more often.