National Live Creative Day is September 14. It was started by a marketing company to promote the benefits of adding a dash of creativity to your day, every day.
Creativity is essential to a healthy life and many don’t recognize the significance. They may associate creativity with “artistic talent” only, but the truth is, everyone who actively pursues creative hobbies benefits. Creative activities help with cognitive function, problem-solving abilities and have been shown to ease anxiety and improve mental health as well. There are well-documented benefits at all stages of life.
Studies have also shown that creative people can better adapt their thought patterns to cope with uncertainty in life. People who embrace creativity see challenges instead of obstacles and this mindset allows for innovative and unique solutions both at work and at home.
So what does this have to do with frugal living? Frugality itself often lends itself to creative thinking and problem-solving. Engaging your mind in creative activities doesn’t have to be expensive and the rewards make it a worthwhile pursuit.
Live Creative For Less
Have you ever seen a project on a DIY show or sifted through a quadrillion Pinterest pins and felt inspired to do something new, but felt it was too expensive? Perhaps you went out and purchased a bunch of materials only to discover a particular project wasn’t as enjoyable as you’d thought it would be. The time and money wasted might make you leery of trying something else.
While creative hobbies can be pricey, they don’t have to be. Here are some tips for frugal ways to find and engage in creative activities and push yourself in new directions.
Look for a local arts council or non-profit dedicated to the arts. These organizations often hold classes and workshops that will allow you to explore an art for the price of one class or workshop.
For example, our local art council does a 7-week winter session where they have a professional artist come in and teach a different project each week. It costs $35 to attend a class, but you get all the materials and instruction for the one-time fee. This is a great way to experience art without spending a lot of money on materials and tools you may not use again if you don’t enjoy it.
Check with your local library. Many libraries offer free crafting activities especially for kids, but sometimes for adults too.
Check the hardware store before the craft store for some items. Poured painting is all the rage right now. “Flow medium” in a craft store costs more than twice as much as a large container of “Floetrol” at the hardware store. You can often find comparable items that are much less expensive when they are not marketed for “arts and crafts” specifically.
Don’t get roped in by percent off coupons at the large chains. They aren’t the deals you think they are unless you have enough discipline to only purchase the single item for 50% off. There is a reason this gimmick works so well. These chains know their coupons will get you into their stores and spending more than you need to.
Check with small art studios and mom and pop craft shops. They are more inclined to help you if you have questions about a product or project and their owners will be knowledgeable about a variety of arts and crafts. You’re not likely to find that level of expertise in a box store hourly employee.
Shop online. Arteza brand products are very high-quality without top-tier prices. They also regularly do sales and offer free shipping on purchases of $35. Stock up during sales. This brand is not carried in retail stores. There are several online discount art supply stores that have great prices. Amazon can also be a good resource if you have an Amazon Prime membership.
YouTube can be useful for free learning, but it often means sifting through hours of non-stellar tutorials to find a real gem. If it fits your budget, CreativeBug is an online streaming service that gives you access to thousands of videos for only $7.95 per month. You can start off with a free trial to see if it’s a good match for you.
Hopefully, this post inspires you to embrace your creativity. The benefits definitely outweigh the costs when you plan well.