By Rhelena R.
With the price of yarn these days it is almost hard to imagine that one could actually save money with crocheting. But it is true, crocheting can help to save a lot of money. Ah but crochet takes time, and time is money; which means by the time I factor in all the time it'll cost me twice as much as if I were to buy my products from the store.
True. Crochet takes time, and time is money.
At the same time, how many hours do we spend in front of the television each day? Or how many hours do we just sit around chatting with each other. Believe it or not, but that time is money too! And did you know that once you get going on a pattern you can sit back and relax while crocheting? Yup, you can do it while watching tv, while chatting with friends or whenever you need a time-out from the rest of your activities. When you look at it from that perspective, then crochet really doesn't take up any time at all. It's actually good therapy to crochet.
The only thing that remains now is the price of the yarn and hooks. Yes, they can be expensive, but if you know how to shop then it doesn't have to cost you that much.
As for the hooks, you only need to buy them once and they'll last you forever. And as for yarn, there are ways around it so that you don't have to pay full price.
Yarn can be purchased on sale. Michaels usually has really good deals going on. They also have a coupon program, which allows you to get up to 40% off your first item. That is how I crocheted my Fall Striped Afghan. It started out with my leftover yarn, but as I need more yarn, I'd go back each week to get a ball of yarn at 40% off. Pretty sweet if you ask me!
The blanket is finished now and you'd never know there are different lot codes among the colors.
But what if you want to make a nice sweater and need to purchase your yarn on one shopping trip to ensure you get the same lot code? Again, you might get awesome deals at Michaels. They have coupons that allow you to save 20% on the entire purchase.
Another option is to wait for the yarn to go on sale. However, if you're waiting for your favorite yarn to go on sale, you might end up waiting a while. So that might not be an option. But frequent trips to the yarn stores will help you to catch sales on other yarns that you might like. The only problem with this is that you might end up with more yarn than what you can handle.
Then there's online shopping. Many online retailers offer their yarns at discounts for a number of reasons. The problem with this is that you often end up paying high shipping fees. But, many retailers will offer free shipping on certain days or on orders over a certain amount. So if you know you'll be using a lot than that might be an option.
Also, be sure to check your local yarn stores for perks in regards to saving on yarn.
One last thing that you can do is resort to using value yarns instead of the more expensive yarns. Red Heart and Bernat carry a few excellent yarns that are perfect for afghans, bags, rugs and other projects where drape and comfort isn't really an issue.
Visit Crochet Pattern Bonanza for lot's of free crochet patterns and tutorials on how to get started with crocheting.
The great thing about crocheting is that not many people crochet. That means that if you get good at it you might be able to make some extra money by crocheting for others. Here is an article that covers some of the basic steps in starting your own crochet business: Crochet Business As It Is
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