Did that title catch your eye?? Are you wondering how being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator saves me money? Read on to find out more.
Before I joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, I was making weekly trips to my local big box craft stores. Of course, I always had a discount coupon that was burning a hole in my pocket and felt I had to spend it, otherwise it would go to waste.
And, once I was in the big box store, there were so many choices screaming for my attention that usually I came out of the store with WAY MORE than I went in for. And, quite often those were purchases I really didn’t need or have a plan for!! (Can anyone relate??)
At home, many of these products I’d purchased in the store sat unused in my craft room. I was so busy buying each NEW each week that I didn’t spend time USING what I was purchasing!!
Nine years ago, I made the decision to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Of course, deciding to become a demonstrator comes with a 20%-25% discount on catalog product purchases. This is the most obvious way being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator saves me money. But, my saving money as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator goes beyond that!
How being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator saves me money:
- When I became a demonstrator, I made the decision to not shop the big box craft store sunless I have a VERY SPECIFIC need. When I do go into those stores now, I limit my purchases because I choose to spend most of my budgeted craft money on Stampin’ Up! products. (And, when I’m online, I limit myself to only shop Stampin’ Up! as well.)
- Because I have chosen to limit most of my purchases to Stampin’ Up!, I’m not overwhelmed by the huge number of other product choices. I have made the decision to be content with the wide product variety Stampin’ Up! offers. Simpler is better for me!!
- Stampin’ Up! offers quality products that I can depend on. Quite often I found myself disappointed with some of the big box store purchases I made. As a result, I kicked myself over wasted money out the door!!
- Stampin’ Up! products also coordinate!! I know that my papers, inks and other consumable products will match and I won’t have to spend more money to find something that will coordinate.
- I also have made the decision to only purchase a few products from each Stampin’ Up! catalog. Even though I may WANT them all, I absolutely don’t NEED all the stamp sets, etc in the catalog. I allow myself to choose a few new ones each catalog and select those that are my style and I know I’ll use. That way I can focus on using and enjoying my purchases and discovering their many possibilities. And, because I’ve really used and gotten my money’s worth from them, I won’t feel guilty about passing the stamps on when I get tired of them.
Benefits of limiting myself to Stampin’ Up! products:
- As I shared above, I limit my choices to Stampin’ Up! products (and the non-Stampin’ Up! tools, etc that I purchased before becoming demonstrator). I’ve found this lets me focus on, enjoy and appreciate the creative process more.
- The products I order are shipped directly to my front door. I don’t have to fight crowds and I save gas.
- My new found free time can be used for finding new creative ideas and experimenting with new techniques.
- Before becoming a demonstrator I was spending a HUGE amount of time craft store shopping with very little time spent actually creating!! Now, I find I’m more productive, enjoy the creative process more and am not so overwhelmed with choices. Sticking with only Stampin’ Up! lets me focus on creating with what I ALREADY have, instead of focusing on shopping and getting the latest and greatest.
- Because Stampin’ Up! products coordinate, I don’t have to spend time coordinating things myself, making it easier to be creative!
Now, I’m not saying you have to become a demonstrator (although I’d love it if you’d like to join my team). The purpose of my writing is to challenge you to consider being more productive in using the supplies you already have rather than just being a collector of new craft products (as I found myself doing).
Has this article given you some food for thought? What do you think about some of the ways I’ve shared how being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator saves me money? Let’s have a discussion about it.