Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why You Should Do Crafts During A Recession

Many people's first instinct when talking about the recession is to stop spending money. However, as long as you have money coming in, your discussion should really be about how to spend your money. You still need to have a life and enjoy it, but there are many different ways to do that – without spending more money than you make.

Crafts are an excellent way to help you stretch your money and enjoy life. Here are some ideas on how to do just that:
  1. Make it a party! Invite some friends over to do crafts together. Now, instead of going out and spending a lot of money, you're still getting together with friends and doing things together. It's also a great way to reduce stress because you're being social, laughing and not worrying about everyday problems.
  2. Make family memories. Start by getting everyone involved in a project they can all enjoy. Remember, spending time together is not about how much money you spend – it's about doing stuff together. Celebrate that time by putting together a scrapbook of all your projects. Take pictures of everyone while they're working and then take a group photo when you're finished the project. Print the pictures out and put them in a scrapbook where everyone can write down a few words. Now you'll be able to talk about the time you spent creating crafts together for years to come.
  3. Give meaningful gifts. When you make a gift yourself, it has more meaning than if you went out and bought it. Plus, it's cheaper than buying a similar item at a store. Anyone can buy something, but if you make something, it shows the other person how important they are to you. It doesn't matter how long it took to make or what it is; it only matters that you made it.
Leave your comments below because I'd love to hear from you about how crafts have helped you enjoy life or any favourite memories that you have of crafting together with your friends or family.

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