If knitting or crocheting is a hobby of yours, you know that your hobby can be a little expensive if you are constantly buying yarn. It’s truly amazing to me how expensive yarn can be. Since yarn is an absolute necessity if you crochet or knit, you probably would like to know some tips to save money on it. Here are some tips on how to save money on yarn so you can keep doing your hobby within your budget.
How to Save Money on Yarn
Swap with fellow crafters. Most knitters and crocheters have a huge stockpile of unused yarn from previous projects they don’t know what to do with. Maybe what they have is perfect for a small project you are about to embark on. This way you can pretty much get yarn for free. If you have a large enough circle of friends who do this hobby, host a party where you swap yarns. This could be a fun afternoon!
Check on places like Freecycle.org and Craigslist in the free or hobby section. Often times, you can find yarn being sold or given away in lots (boxes of it). They may not be exactly what you need right now, but it’s free yard so you can create projects with it.
Shop thrift stores. There isn’t a single trip to thrift stores that I don’t see yarn in the craft and hobby section for sale for very low prices. What’s great about this tactic, is, you can often get discontinued brands and colors as well as some that may even be vintage. Since yarn is something that often sits on the shelves for a while, you may even get it cheaper if you haggle a bit with the store. Yard sales are also great places to find bargains on yarn and supplies.
Keep your eye out for coupons to craft stores. Many of the major retailers- Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnne’s, offer discounts of up to 40-50% off retail price at certain points in the year. Sometimes, they even release coupons for 40% off any item in the store so you can use it for that one expensive yarn you have had your eye on when those coupons are printed out. The coupons are often good on the store’s website as well.
Buy wholesale yarn. This tip is more for those that knit or crochet for craft fairs and for their own Etsy site than those who just do it as a hobby, but buying wholesale yarn can really be a bargain if you use that much yarn. Keep in mind that you will be getting a lot, and there are often minimum purchases of $50-$100 or more.
Use rag balls. There are some tutorials on how to do this online, but basically what you do is take old T-shirts and clothing and create a ball of it using strips of the material. You then use it to crochet more chunky styles and it is a great way to reuse materials rather then toss them.
How do you save money on yarn for your crocheting and knitting projects? Let me know in the comments.
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