As a broke college student, I try to save money whenever I can. Many people tell me to cut things out, or be more frugal with my spending, but I cannot bring myself to cut out one of my favorite hobbies! Yes, crocheting/knitting is an expensive hobby. However, there are several ways to save a few bucks on something you love! This post details how to save money on yarn. At a later time, I hope to expand on each of these. For now, enjoy these 6 quick tips on how to save money on yarn!
1) Buy yarn for reduced cost
- Discount Codes
- Wholesale Items
Think about what stores are local for you. For me, it is Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, and Michaels. Before you make the decision on where to shop, check out their websites for sales, coupons, etc. Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off one item coupon, plus yarn sales throughout the year. JoAnn Fabrics has items discounted weekly, has coupons ranging from 20-50% off one regular priced item, and sometimes has a 20% off your entire order. Michaels sometimes has coupons, but I don’t find them to be very consistent. I recommend subscribing to their websites. JoAnn gave me a 15% off coupon for registering an account with them. Also, for easy access on the current discounts available, download their mobile apps. Not only is it easy for you to locate their weekly discounts, but it also gives you access to your coupons, so you do not have to remember to print them and bring them into the store.
Buying wholesale items will reduce the amount of yarn to spend in the long run. The price tag up front might not be so nice, but try and calculate the cost/yard and see if that saves you money long term. Keep in mind, some wholesale websites require you to create an account before being able to see prices.
2) Purchase yarn at unique places at a reduced price
Walmart, Amazon, and Ebay have brand name yarns for a lower price! Lion Brand, Hometown USA yarn sells for $2.97 at Walmart, whereas it is $4+ everywhere else.
3) Look local
- Trade/Swap Sites – Facebook, yarnfinder.com
- Garage Sales & Estate Sales
Check out other local options outside of the craft stores you have available. I have heard of several people buying a box or lot of yarn at an estate sale for pretty cheap!
4) Recycle old yarn
What better way to save money than recycle old yarn? Take apart your old sweaters, visit Goodwill to find some cheap ones, or un-ravel your old projects.
This article goes into great detail on how to recycle yarn: https://moralefiber.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/everything-you-need-to-know-to-start-recycling-sweater-yarn-getting-started-breaking-in-v-1/
Here is a video to supplement the above article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGt2OaF4Cc8
5) Ask family and friends for unwanted yarn
Every once and awhile, I get family and friends that give me yarn they will never use. It is always a score 🙂
6) Sign up for survey sites to earn free gift cards
I have been on Swagbucks for a few weeks now, and I have just over $20 worth of points so far. My goal is to start using the money I earn on this site to pay for my hobby – one more awesome way to save money! J Swagbucks is a website that allows you to earn Swagbucks (SB) points through various methods including watching videos, conducting surveys, playing games, shopping online (they even have programs for purchasing items online at a few craft stores), and by searching the internet. After you rack up points, you can redeem those points in the form of gift cards; they even have visa giftcards that you can redeem online wherever you would like! 100 points is equivalent to $1.
Keep your eyes out for a post about how I earn SB. For now, take a quick peek at this link for tips on how to get started: http://thefrugalgirls.com/best-ways-to-earn-swagbucks
To register for Swagbucks, you can click on this link here: http://www.swagbucks.com/p/register?rb=18145467
How do you save money on yarn? Comment below.