Creative Money Saving
Think of this as a creative money saving idea. Making things with our hands and our own tools is a wonderful self-reliant skill to keep our minds sharp and our bank accounts full.
How about some creative money saving inspiration? We have always shopped with an eye for projects. That is, things we really like that we can make ourselves, usually for dramatically less than the advertised price. The two secrets to doing this are firstly, to be organized and secondly, to keep parts and pieces on hand to use when a creative need pops up. Since I cannot make a wooden anything without nails, it helps tremendously that I keep a nice variety on hand. They do not take up much room, and are useful in many instances. Keeping items such as nails in a project area is akin to keeping extra toilet paper on a bathroom shelf or extra canned food in a pantry; one never knows when it will be extremely useful, but we will be glad we did when a specific item is needed. An extra trip to a store, no matter how close or far the store is, is time poorly spent if prior planning could have prevented it or if it slows down a project.
Our latest project was a simple wreath for our front door. What we made for $7 and a few minutes sells for around $25 and looks about the same. This brand new wreath matches our exterior décor and will be stored season after season; next year the same wreath will be free. If you get super creative and produce more than one of an item, say a wreath, it would make a wonderful gift too. Save money and become more self-reliant!
Self reliance encompasses many ideas. Our wreath project was an art class just waiting to happen. Another easy project we counted as art was for our wall décor. Using left over household colors, we bought canvas on sale and made our own unique and perfectly coordinating art for a very minimum investment. Both of these projects work with any décor (because you will be making them explicitly for your preference), and both can work as gifts. Gifting self reliance will help teach your part of the world what can be accomplished if we set our minds to think outside the standard box while leaving our hard-earned money in it.
Nicole Lorenz is a creative homemaker who loves to give thoughtful gifts while not spending more money than necessary.