21 Ways You Can Save Yourself Money

Have you ever read something and thought, “why didn’t I think of that?”  Well today I put a list together for you just so you can say that–LOL.  Here we go:

  • Use an old mouse pad to use as the base when you use your hole poker
  • Coffee filters are great when using glitter, flocking and embossing powder.  Remaining product can easily be poured back into the container.
  • Misplaced your hole poker?  Solid wood toothpicks can be used to punch holes for brads.   Push pens and metal pins to hold your turkey together work well
  • Gift card holders make good bone folders
  • Kitchen tin foil can be embossed as well as the tin sealing on coffee cans
  • Before throwing out an old shirt, remove the buttons for your next project
  • Use a cookie sheet with wax paper for a quick work station (we all know that we run out of usable space.  How does that happen?)
  • Sharpen scissors with sandpaper
  • Soak paint brushes in fabric softener
  • Reuse well washed meat trays and coffee lids for pallets
  • Reuse cereal boxes to be used as chipboard
  • Use free on-line colouring book pages to act as a digital design
  • 110 lb white paper from Staples is excellent cardstock.  Take it to your local print shop to have them quarter it for you
  • Buy barbie doll clothes and accessories for your cards and scrapbook layouts.  This acts as Jolee’s Boutique products
  • Check out the children’s section at the dollar store; often they have small sponge stamps that would would perfect for you
  • Hold swap meets with your friends.  One person’s junk is another person’s treasure
  • Decorate a child’s over-sized puzzle piece which will act as a cool embellishment
  • Turn paper bags into books
  • Flea Markets make excellent play dates where you can find old music sheets, ledger sheets, lace, buttons, and more
  • Hardware stores.  Did I say hardware stores?  I came home sorry I didn’t shop hardware stores first.    Many times the same product will be available at the hardware store, as at a scrapbook store.  The hardware store prices are cheaper (ie. wire at the hardware store vs. beading wire at the scrapbook/beading/rubberstamp store)
  • Check the dollar store.  Often a product available in a craft store will be packaged differently, and at a reduced cost, at the dollar store (at the time of writing this, I  purchased crystal-like large flourishes for $1 each, and small bead jewels/gems for $1

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That’s a start.  If you can think of anything else, please let me know.  I’d love to hear from you.

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Posted on : Oct 14 2010
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5 People have left comments on this post

Oct 15, 2010 - 08:10:56
Cynthia M said:

What a super list of money-savers!! I had already thought of some of them, but you have some great additions.
What about this – use the leftover clear plastic tubs that lettuce and berries come in – I cut out panels from these to use as my “acetate” covers for shaker cards or even as faux glass when I make a window-pane card.

Oct 15, 2010 - 05:10:56
mustavcoffee said:

Hi there, just wanted to thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Sorry to hear about your disappointment too!
I have moved on already, life’s too short but it was very nice to hear from you :0) xx

Oct 15, 2010 - 08:10:37
Myrna said:

Love your list. I especially liked the one about the 110 lb. paper at Staples. Much cheaper.

Oct 16, 2010 - 11:10:30
Lynne Phelps said:

What a brilliant post! I adhere aluminum HVAC tape from the hardware store to cheap card stock (Georgia Pacific from Wal-Mart) then run it through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. For larger areas I adhere heavy duty tinfoil to card stock. It really wows people and it it’s a super cheap way to add metal and glitz! The card stock gives it the body and the support to retain the embossing!

For coloring with Copics, the best card stock is very expensive and it does make a difference. But I use color laser printer paper (COLOR LASER, that’s important!) and it colors brilliantly. If I want to cut it out, pop it up, or use a nestie on it, I do the same trick as above, I gluestick it to cheap GP card stock to give it more body and then die cut or cut out by hand.

Oct 20, 2010 - 08:10:31
Annette said:

Beth – what a great list. I love money saving ideas! I will have to print this out and post it on my wall.
Thanks for making me think outside of the box this morning!

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