Welcome back to the blog! Today I am going to share with you some helpful tips on how to save money on Etsy! If you are new to the planner community and decorating your planner, buying stickers can get expensive pretty quickly! I never thought I would become a planner girl but it has really helped me become more organized and I just overall have a fun time decorating my planner! I didn't want to give up on buying cute planner stickers, so here are my tips on how to save money on Etsy!
1) Always use coupon codes! Etsy stickers shops are really great with coupon codes. I find most shops almost always have an active coupon code and it's really easy to find them. Sometimes, the shops will list coupon codes directly in the shop description on Etsy for a certain discount on your order or for free shipping. Many shops also have coupon codes specifically for their social media followers, specifically on Instagram. In addition, some sticker shops also have Facebook groups. I highly recommend joining because shop owners will sometimes announce secret sales or have special coupon codes for the folks in the group. It's also a great way to meet our planner girls and to learn how other people use their planner stickers!
2) Buy in bulk. I recommend that when you are going to buy stickers on Etsy, to buy them in bulk rather than place multiple small orders. This way you will wind up actually saving on your purchase because you won't be paying for shipping and handling costs on multiple orders, you will only be paying once. Plan out your purchases buy using Pinterest or following when the shop puts out new releases and always keep an eye out for shop sales to save even more money!
3) Weekly Kits. Most sticker shops offer weekly kits. What is a weekly kit? A kit typically comes with 3-6 sheets of stickers in a specific theme or genre. Instead of buying each sheet individually, you will receive a set of sheets at one bundled price. The benefit to buying weekly kits is that you typically don't use all the stickers in the kit and you can use them multiple times in your planner. Shops typically will offer weekly and monthly kits in a variety of themes.
4) Only buy what you will use. This is a very hard mantra to follow when you are new to the planner community. There are so many cute stickers on Etsy and I would love to buy them all but I don't have a use for everything. I tend to be more of a functional planner and not so much decorative. I don't typically do "no white space" spreads, I like using checklists and half-boxes. I would watch plan with me" videos on youtube or follow some sticker shops on social media to get an idea of what type of planning style you think you will like before you start buying tons of stickers.
5) Planner buddy. A planner buddy is like a pen-pal. You can find them through Facebook Groups or even ask your friends if they like to decorate their planners. You can setup a spending limit and swap supplies weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. You can find out what you each like and then do your swaps! I have done them before and they are really fun because you'll get to try stickers and planner supplies that you might not be able to find out your local craft store!
6) Printable Stickers. Some Etsy shops offer printable stickers. What does this mean? The shop will supply the digital media for the stickers and then it will be your responsibility to print and cut the stickers yourself. This can save you time and money when planning. Of course, in order to print and cut your own stickers, you will need a good printer and a cutting machine, such as a Cricut or a Silhouette.
I hope you enjoyed these six ways to saving money when shopping on Etsy! What are you favorite Etsy sticker shops? What is your planning style? I'd love to know!
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