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Readers Respond: Our Readers Share Tips for Saving Money on Crochet

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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.
—signoradefarge

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.
—LongIslandRoe14

Garage sales

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

Dawn

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

Money-Saving Tips

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.
—ceci4951

A.C.Moore

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.....
—Ndorphinrush

Harvesting Yarn

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

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