Are you interested in getting the absolute most out of your crochet budget? So are we. With that in mind, I present to you these tips, shared by our readers, on the topic of saving money on crochet.
Do you have a money-saving tip that could help other crocheters? If so, you're invited to post it too!
Buy at garage sales
- I buy lots of yarn very cheap at garage sales. Often it's one skein of this and one of that, but that's OK because I make lots of small projects such as doll clothes, and lots of granny square items that are a great way to use up odds and ends.
Let your neighbors know you use yarn
- I have mentioned, in passing, that I do a lot of charity crocheting and now my neighbors give me yarn from their relatives or co-workers who no longer use it. At one point, I had received yarn and a few unfinished projects from one neighbor and I made three afghans from the squares that I received and there was tons left over.
- Hit the garage sales! That's where I get most of my yarn (as well as beads, fabric remnants, etc. for my other crafts), and I pay a fraction of what it would cost in the store. Of course it gets frustrating - sometimes you can go to sales week after week without finding anything, but every now and then you hit the jackpot.
- —Guest Mary
Use Membership Coupons at Craft Stores
- I have been making quilt type crocheted blankets with a color theme like blues so that they don't have to match exactly by dye lot. Then I can use the fifty percent off one item coupons at my local store and buy one new skein per week. Then the whole blanket is made for fifty percent less.
- —Guest Maggie
- I cut 1/2 inch strips of old T-shirts and crochet with it. Just need an I or biger hook. I have made placemats, potholders, trivets, rugs and more!
- —Guest DawnD
Save money on yarn from Thrift Shops
- I've found great buys on yarn at thrift shops, particularly from Goodwill and St Vincent de Paul. Recently got 12 large skeins of acrylic yarn (Brunswick) for $14, minus my senior cit. discount of 15%, at a Goodwill store.
- —Guest pldrake
- 1) I tend to get bored/tired of working on the same project for very long, so I put it aside and then sometimes forget about it and then "forget" what I had in mind to make, (as I crochet & knit), so many times, I "unravel" the item and make something else with the yarn. 2) Also check out estate/yard/garage sales. Sometimes, you will find yarn here really cheap. 3) Keep an eye out for many of the large craft stores and print out their 40 or 50% off coupons and get a frined or two to go with you and that way you can get 2 or 3 skeins of yarn at a time for 40 or 50% off each, or go to the store several days in a row with the coupon and "save" this way. BE SURE AND "READ" THE SMALL PRINT ON THE COUPON before you go though.
- i always get the 50% off coupon online and buy the biggest yarn skein i can get.u can just google a.c. moore or michaels coupons and print them. make a trip everyday on my way home from work.saves alot of money
- —Guest peggysue1
Use that Scrap
- Sometimes at the end of a project you probably have just a tiny bit of yarn left. Take all these tiny pieces, tie them together with other small pieces and make a gorgeous afghan.
- —Guest Betty Plemmons
Thrift Stores & Tuesday Morning
- I have a large (huge) yarn stash. I'm also on a fixed income. I get at least 50% of my purchased yarn from thrift stores. I also get the very pricey yarn from Tuesday Morning. You have to keep checking, but I don't spend nearly as much as I could & I'm able to stay within my limited budget this way. It's an added bonus that my husband loves to hit the thrift stores several times a month.....
- You can buy old outdated sweaters or blankets at thrift stores, unravel them, and re-use the yarn. Sometimes you can get an entire blankets worth of yarn for just a few dollars.
- —Guest Sharon