Okay, so we all know the economy is in the toilet. We’ve heard it on the news, we’ve seen the evidence in our checking accounts, we’ve mourned the loss of favorite magazines that have fallen victim to these hard times (R.I.P. Simple Scrapbooks & Domino!).
So what’s a girl who usually relies on retail therapy to do to make this sorta-kinda-maybe, we-don’t-want-to-come-right-out-and-call-it-a-Depression, well…less depressing?
Here are a few economy busters that might help.
Big Picture Bailout Coupons
Big Picture Scrapbooking is offering some “bailout” discounts, including 20% off of all Projects Now classes. So if you’ve been thinking about signing up for my Smart Cookie Fortune Keeper class, or any other Projects Now class, here’s your chance to get a discount. Projects Now classes are a lot of bang for your buck, even without this great discount. For less that the price of a movie & popcorn, you can entertain yourself with some creative time and have a cute project to show for it.
Go here to find out all the particulars and see the other bailout offers available.
Discount scrapbooking supplies
I recently found out about Frugalities.com – have you heard of it? A quick perusal of the site revealed many top scrapbooking brands at discounted prices. While I didn’t see the absolute latest products, they do have thousands of items to choose from at what looks like an everyday discount of 15 – 20%. While I was browsing the site, I thought it looked an awful lot like Addicted to Scrapbooking, and sure enough, a click on the contact info revealed they are one in the same. If you’re not a "scraponista" who requires the absolute latest and greatest, this site could help you justify the occasional supply splurge on a smaller budget.
Create For Less is another discount site that has some good deals on a variety of craft supplies, from scrapbooking to sewing to general crafts. Their tagline is “Create More, Spend Less”…gotta love that, right? Their discounts can run up to 25% off, which is great if you’re looking for something like a Fiskars border punch. With smaller items like embellishments you are required to purchase in multiples, usually of 3, which makes it less of a deal unless you need a lot of a certain item or plan to go in on an order with a couple of friends.
Of course, you could always use your stash. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably accumulated enough supplies to see you through this economic crisis and beyond. Try challenging yourself to use only what you have on hand for a set period of time. I have done this each time I participated in the Layout A Day challenge, and it has helped make me more aware of what I use most and what purchases were a waste of money. I always treat myself to a little scrappy shopping treat at the end of the month-long challenge, but my purchases are less impulsive and more purposeful.
Technologically advanced coupons
Just tonight, I found out (from The Crafty Chica) about a free app for the iPhone. It’s called Yowza!! and it’s a pretty cool idea. In a nutshell, it uses the GPS on your phone to find exclusive coupons for your local stores. Click on the link for complete details. No smokin’ deals from Target in my neck of the woods when I checked it out, but I did find two businesses participating in my area so far - free endless fries, discounted lunch prices, and happy hour specials at Islands, and $10 off at a local athletic shoe store. I will probably need the running shoes if I eat the endless fries. I wonder if they planned that. Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time before the app catches on and more businesses (like maybe Michaels or JoAnn?) jump on the bandwagon to offer me bargains.
If all else fails and you feel the need to emote about your dwindling funds, this coin purse, under $5 from Paper Source, should do the trick.