A few days ago, I shared some no-cost, free spiritual tips, but I also wanted to share some more low-cost tips! Saving a few dollars here and there is always welcome, especially on these spiritual streets, where things can get expensive quickly if you don't pay attention.
Used Bookstores & Used Booksales
If I'm not looking for something specific, I love an excellent used book store, or even better, a used book sale. There are some beautiful hidden gems just waiting to make their way into your hands. I've even been able to find autographed books for mere dollars at used book sales. In addition, used bookstores often contain an eclectic array of items that may include things like journals and oracle cards, in addition to books.
Thrift stores are full of magical goodies that are just waiting to find their next adventure. Altarpieces like candle holders, trays, and mirrors can be found easily. You can also typically find pewter or cast iron pieces for safely burning herbs or incense. You may also discover artwork representing Angels, Saints, and other deities! You never know what you'll find!
The dollar store is chock-full of goodies that can be used as spiritual tools. I've found candles, candle holders, incense, herbs for ritual use, and aluminum pans for temporary burning. I've also been able to find items like salt, spices, oils, glass bottles, jars, cards, and headscarves. It can be overwhelming to search through, but the hunt is worth it!
Grocery Store Items
Though we tend to forget it, our kitchen is steeped in ancient magic, often having a host of items that may be used with spiritual intent. Oils, honey, salts, and herbs are all used to bolster intentions in intention (spell) work. If it's safe to consume it, you can use it topically as well. Oh, and teas are just pre-blended potions of herbs bagged up and ready to go.
Often, we think we have to look far and wide for the training we need when it's really in our backyards. For example, I learned to read tarot from a well-known local practitioner through a Community College course. This course was almost 15 years ago, so think of all the different classes that may be available today! Be sure to check out your local community center and park district as well!
Spiritual classes are offered at yoga studios, art studios and galleries, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, crystal shops, to name a few places that I can think of!
The cost of seeds is relatively tiny compared to purchasing grown plants. Many libraries now even have "Seed Libraries" where you can get seeds of native species for your area. So go ahead, get your hands dirty and see what you can grow. I love growing my own herbs to burn so I know that they are responsibly sourced.
There may be a few small costs associated with tools you may need initially, but you can check for tools and pots at your local thrift store or community garden.
This is a fantastic way to add to your gem and mineral collection while simultaneously immersed in nature. Rockhounding involves going out into the wild and finding rocks, gems, crystals, and minerals on your own. Different locations will have new specimens for you to discover, so it's hard to get bored with this hobby!
Rockhounding may involve a small cost in acquiring the proper tools (buckets, pickaxes, trays, etc.) and entrance fees at specific locations. This is an excellent activity for kids, too!
What are some other things that you have discovered on your path that help you save money? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.