Scrapbooking on a Budget: Treasure Hunt For Unexpected Gold!
Wow – between albums, adhesive and stickers…scrapbooking although a blast, it can be a real budget-buster -it seems that way, right? When you find your groove it’s easy enough to rack up quite a tab on scrapbook supplies when shopping.
There you are, you’re online, or perhaps in the aisles at the store and before you know it, you put this and that into your cart…like kid in a candy store syndrome.
Now if you’re ready to learn how you can get all of these goodies without breaking the bank, read on!
First Tip: Consider Joining a Scrapbook Club
If you join a monthly scrapbooking club (a lot like a membership for other goodies) you may be able to receive a bundle of supplies every month including papers, pages, embellishments, stickers, etc. You know how people tend to save money with kits and bundles versus items a la carte?
If something like a membership club isn’t always findable another thing to keep your eyes open are exclusive bonus products. For example, Scrapbook.com offers an opportunity to receive a free copy of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine with your order. If you look to the printed page for tips and inspiration, this is a great find!
Memberships and bonus offers also provide opportunities to browse through various scrapbook themes like weddings, birthdays, kids’ milestones, and much more, so you can focus only on things that interest you most. You can also find kits for various seasons and children’s kits as well. Give it a look sometime 🙂
Tip Two: Be Mindful of Clearance Sales
Clearance sales can be your best friend when it comes to shopping for scrapbook supplies! You know how certain season related products take a nose-dive in price at the start of the next big season like end of summer going into fall?
If you like summer colors , or things having to do with beaches, sunshine, cookouts, etc.,) know to stock up right when fall inventory shows up to supplant those vibrant colors with warm tone autumn ones.
If you’re like me and you love oranges, reds and mulberries, summer is when you have a good chance of landing them. In other words, the stuff the store is trying to get rid of to make room for the “new” inventory.
So yep, in a nutshell, two great tips: Look for off season clearance deals, and also don’t shy away from discontinued items.
Find Golden Opportunities On Location!
Your treasure hunt could actually begin on the location of the event! For example, attending a wedding – items like programs, napkins, pieces of decor, invitations – are perfect fodder to collect to use. Same thing for parties or showers, souvenirs are the best way to tell your story.
So make sure to pick up memento items on site…and did I mention it’s FREE?
Network With Your Scrapbooking Buddies!
Just like carpooling is great for saving on gas and social chit-chatting, going into scrapbook supplies with another fellow enthusiast is a great idea. Go into wholesale and bulk purchases together and divvy up the cost. There’s safety and camaraderie in numbers, as well as saving!
So consider going into supply costs with your friends, and keep them in the know about certain discounts or sales looming ahead. Word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to find out about something new and unexpected. Forward those special offer emails you receive to members of your circle.
Don’t Shy Away From Dollar Stores For Dirt Cheap Extras!
You just might surprise yourself next time you’re at something like the Dollar Tree or whatever chain is in your region – extra odds and ends that you can get for pennies on the dollar that can be included in your scrapbook endeavors.Thrift stores, same thing. Don’t go with a preconceived idea of “where”.
Did you know that some companies will give out free samples of new products? Win-win!
Stock Up On Multiple Use Products
One-time items are not very cost effective, so stock up on things you can use for more than one project or can be used for multiple pages, etc. For example-let’s take something like red ribbons, something you enjoy. Red works great for Christmas AND Valentine’s Day, so you can stretch your savings well, and without cutting down on your own creativity.
So…to recap 🙂
Become a savvy treasure hunter and you can get the real gold for your scrapbook! Network and pool together supplies between or amongst your friends, keep your eyes open for end of season and post-holiday sales. Don’t shy away from the thrift stores and unexpected venues. No go forth, prosper and scrapbook!