The Thrifty Witch: A Simple Guide to Witching on a Budget
Are you looking for thrifty ideas on practicing your craft for minimal cost? Maybe you're on a budget and trying to get as much magical bang as you can for your bucks? Whatever the case might be, lets go over some suggestions on how to practice the craft without breaking your bank account.
Jars: Reuse, Recycle.
Do you have old jam and jelly jars just sitting around? Soak them in hot, soapy water. Carefully peel off the label and use a scrubbing pad or an old toothbrush to remove any sticky residue left on the jar. Let the jar dry and then you can reuse them for storing herbs, tools, or even for spell jars.
Birthday candles might seem like an odd addition to your witchy cabinet, but if you prepare and charge them they work in a pinch if you're running low on candles. They are also inexpensive and can be found in most cake and dessert isles in your local grocery stores.
The Dollar Tree stores also carry packages of emergency candles. You can get 5 candles in a pack, so if you spend $5 you can have a collection of 25 candles for all of your spellcasting and witchy needs.
Bits & Pieces:
If you have old shirts or pants that you aren't using, you can cut them up and use them for material to make poppets or small charm bags. You can also use old thread and yarn for knot magic to either store energy or release it during spells and rituals.
Thrifty Magical Gardening:
If you want to start a garden but don't have the money to buy fancy planters, you can use eggshells and fruit rinds to start your magical herb garden. Take eggshells, after you've carefully washed them and removed all egg residue, and carefully fill them with soil. You can then place your seeds in these and use them as seed starters. Once your seeds sprout, carefully crack the shell just enough to allow the roots to wiggle through the shell once the plant starts to grow, and place the plant (eggshell and all) into your garden soil to grow.
You can also use lemon and orange halves as easy garden starters. Hollow them out and fill them with soil, place your seeds in, and wait for them to grow. Once the plants sprout, remove the bottom of the orange to allow the roots to grow out more easily, and then plant the sprout (orange or lemon half included) into your garden soil.
Both of these methods provide biodegradable plant food for your new herb sprouts, and it offers an inexpensive way for you to start your new magical garden.
Spices & Herbs:
The spice aisle of your local grocery store tends to have inexpensive bottles of herbs, but if you're looking for herbs like lavender or chamomile, you can find these in teas in your tea and coffee section. These teabags can be opened and used as loose-leaf incense, additions to spells, added into charm bags, etc.
You can also use the easy planters we talked about above and try growing your own!