Art can be an expensive hobby/profession, believe me – I know! So if you are a fellow artist that has an art supply buying addiction, then read on for 5 ways to save money on art supplies!
5 ways to save money on art supplies
Ebay can be an art supply addicts best friend – search under ‘job lots’ for some serious bargains – Twice I have scored huge job-lots of good quality paint this way that’d have cost me at least 3 times as much to buy new. One lot was from an art supplies shop that was closing down – so definitely worth keeping an eye on!
Obviously this will only save you money if you actually need what is in the job lot, but it’s also a great way to try out different paints etc you wouldn’t normally use. Click here to check out art job-lots on Ebay (I just did and quickly had to come out of it as was getting severely tempted!)
Zeek describes itself as: ‘A gift card marketplace that allows users to buy their favourite gift vouchers at a discount and sell unwanted gift vouchers for cash’
Brands on Zeek that have gift cards which could be used to purchase art materials are – Hobbycraft, CASS ART, The Range and WH Smith. Savings vary but every little bit helps buy more art supplies!
If the gift cards you are looking for aren’t in stock then you can save the brand to your ‘favourites’ to be notified when they are back in stock.
Buy through cashback websites
If you are buying your art supplies online then you may as well check cashback sites to see if you can claim back a little bit extra on your purchase at no cost or hassle to you.
Top Cashback is easy to use and doing a quick search at the time of writing I found the following offers:
- Cass Art offering 6.3% cashback to new customers and 2.1% cashback to existing customers
- Hobbycraft offering 3.15% cashback on online purchases
- WH Smith offering 3.15% cashback on online purchases
If you are not already a member then you can join up using my refer-a-friend link – Click here!
Know any students? If not, get to know one! Then grab ’em and take advantage of the savings!
Look up the store where you want to buy your art supplies and see if they offer student discount – with a quick search I found the following:
Cass Art offering 10% student discount
Hobbycraft offering 10% student discount
Paperchase offering 10% student discount
Look after what you have
Sounds boring and I really should listen to my own advice on this one BUT looking after the supplies you already have will save you lots of money in the long-run!
Want advice on how to care for your art supplies – there is plenty out there, just do a simple google search for top tips. Here’s a couple to get you started:
Ken Bromley Art Supplies – Advice on caring for your brushes and water pots
The Virtual Instructor – Advice on caring for and organising your art supplies
I’d love to hear what your top tips for saving money on art supplies are – aside from not buying any because that is just madness.
Check out my review of Poundland’s metallic acrylic paint here!