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10 Reasons Crafting Saves Money

written by: nataliajones•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 7/30/2010

There are lots of articles on how to save money on craft supplies, but what about how you can save money by crafting? Getting into crafting can be a way to save in several different areas of life.

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    Making Art DIY crafting is much more than just a hobby! You can save money by crafting everything from invitations to home-made household items like bath soaps and blankets. There are countless ways that picking up a craft can help you to keep more of your money, but the following are just a few of the more popular reasons. Take a look.

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    Why You Save Money By Crafting

    1) Crafting Inspires You to Reuse Things Around the House

    When you start crafting suddenly everything takes on a different purpose. You can look at an ordinary container that you might otherwise toss in the garbage and decide to paper it over with something more attractive and use it to store some items you have lying around. People who craft waste less and they also end up buying less because they think of reusing things before buying something new.

    2) Crafting Can Save You Money on Gifts

    Creativity can benefit you in many ways but people who are good at crafting save money on gifts for friends and family.

    3) Crafting is an Inexpensive Hobby

    Instead of spending huge amounts of money on other forms of entertainment or more expensive hobbies, picking up crafting can be a frugal way to pass the time.

    4) Crafting Improves Organization Skills

    Those who are great at crafting tend to be more organized. They get into the habit of storing their supplies so they can see what they have and they make lists and write down ideas. This filters into other areas of life and often leads to financial savings because it eliminates double buying because you are not sure what you have in stock.

    5) Crafting Can Save You Money on Milestone Events

    On top of cutting the cost of expensive gifts by giving away your craft, you can also save money by crafting for your own events. Consider making decorations or favors to decorate family birthdays, weddings or other gatherings.

    6) Crafting is an Inexpensive Way to Entertain Kids

    Instead of buying costly games and other types of toys you can get your children interested in crafting and keep them entertained for hours at a fraction of the cost.

    7) Crafting Can Keep You Stylish for Less

    Certain crafts such as jewelry-making and sewing for instance mean you don't have to buy trendy items. You can try to put your skills to the test and make them yourself.

    8) Crafting Can Cut Your Interior Decorating Bill

    If you love to decorate and you are always trying to change the look of your home, you can achieve this for much less if you start crafting. You may be able to reupholster furniture or throw pillows, make quilts and even painting and other type of art to adorn your walls.

    9) Crafting Can Infuse a "Living with Less" Mentality into Your Life

    People who enjoy crafting are generally fine "living with less". This is not to say that they have less appreciation for beauty or they don't like to have different things, but they find ways to use what they have in different and creative ways.

    10) Crafting Can Turn into a Home Business

    Finally, crafting can actually generate an income if it is turned into a home business. Of course, this means there is more money to save because you have increased the size of the pie by turning your craft into cash.

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