Have you looked at the cost of candles lately? And don’t even think about looking at altar supplies if you’re on a tight budget – – – they’re outrageous!
If you’re like me, a Pagan on a very fixed income, trying to keep your religious supplies fully stocked can be nearly impossible. There have been times in which I have gone months without burning incense or performing a candle ritual simply because I couldn’t afford the supplies to do so.
Thankfully, there are ways to work around your tight budget and still get all of your Witchy goodies.
Dollar Stores: I love a good non-toxic, ethically gathered beeswax candles just as much as the next Witch, but I usually can’t afford them. Instead, I buy most of my candles at Dollar General or Dollar Tree. You can usually get a variety of candle colors, shapes, and sizes all for very reasonable prices at the dollar store. I like to keep a drawer fully stocked with various colors and sizes of candles to have on hand for whatever I might need them for. At the dollar store, you can also usually find very cheap supplies for decorating your altar.
The Crystal Fox: The Crystal Fox is where I like to buy my incense. They have very reasonable prices, the people that run the shop are super friendly, and it was my favorite place to shop at when I lived in Maryland. You can order from them online, or if you live near Laurel, Maryland, you can go check them out in person! Occasionally they will run special coupons for things like 10% off your order. I usually try to watch when they’re running deals like that and order a large batch of incense.
Bulk: In my opinion, bulk is the best way to go when it comes to herbs. I get a large portion of my herbs in bulk from a local health food store. The wonderful people that run the store grow most of the herbs themselves in a very organic setting. Another place I like to get herbs from (especially unique or hard-to-find herbs) is Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of herbs for very reasonable prices. I also like to purchase many of my essential oils from them. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs website here*.
DIY: Most of my supplies I make myself. I make my own wands, altar sheets, seasonal decorations, smudges, oils, and more. What I can’t make myself, I try to find out in nature. Pretty much all of my seasonal decorations come from the seasons themselves. When decorating my Samhain altar, I used pine cones, acorns, pine needles, and other things that were in-season. I have several Pinterest Pagan projects pinned to my Pagan board that could help you come up with your own DIY projects. You can find the link to my Pagan Pinterest board here.
Amazon: Amazon is where I buy a bunch of my supplies. You can usually find great prices on Goddess/God statues, Pagan books, altar supplies, Witchy fabrics, occasionally herbs, and herbal candles. Usually I’ll use Amazon gift cards I’ve earned through Swagbucks* to purchase my goodies.
If you’re on a tight budget, the best thing to do is realize that you’re not going to be able to purchase the perfect cauldron, or the perfect athame, or the perfect whatever. Sometimes you have to just come up with your own thing that works best for you. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay!
What are ways you save money on Witchy supplies?
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