Witchcraft on a Shoestring

Practicing the Craft without Breaking your Budget

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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

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We’ve always believed that Witchcraft should be accessible to anyone brave enough to answer the call, and fortunately, Deborah Blake has created a wonderful resource for tapping into the powers of the Craft without the need for excessive investing, making the craft once again attainable. Contained herein are instructions for making oils, runes, candles, charms, and more using easy to obtain materials while showcasing over fifty methods of working magic that cost little to money.

We’ve always believed that Witchcraft should be accessible to anyone brave enough to answer the call, and fortunately, Deborah Blake has created a wonderful resource for tapping into the powers of...


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ISBN 9781959883197
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
PAGES 188

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Witchcraft on a Shoestring by Deborah Blake is an amazing resource for the shelf of any thrifty witch or pagan. I had read an loved an early version of this text and am delighted to say that it continues to hold up well with citation and information updates that excellently build on what was already an amazing tool for me as a practitioner. I do think I will be buying a physical copy or two as gifts for my coven members when this book releases in March 2024.

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I loved it!!! Many handy tips to work your magic without breaking your bank account. Lots of fun and neat ideas to try. This is a wonderful book to have on your magical bookshelf! I highly recommend it!🤩

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In this economy witchcraft on a budget is but a dream. This book is amazingly informative and fun. Love the ideas and will try to incorporate them into my craft. Thanks for the book!

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I have always been interested in Witchcraft so it has been great to learn more about Witchcraft but also learn how to explore it more on a budget.

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Deborah Blake delivers a brilliant book, spelled out in highly consumable content that’s brimming with ways to ignite magic without breaking the bank. With loads of ideas that are perfect for practicing magic and upcycling items that you likely already have on hand. I love this approach which takes us back to our roots and agree that the most important premises of the practice are free. Blake encourages us to get resourceful, while simultaneously awakening our inner crafty + witchy muse. While I don’t agree with every single thing Blake’s written, that’s the beauty of it — we are all walking our own path to craft an extraordinary life and sharing insight along the way. My favorite section was definitely the “50 was to practice witchcraft for little or no money.” Quite magical ✨♥️🔥

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I absolutely loved this book. It’s much needed, I think the glamour of the internet good away the simplicity of what being and practicing pagan is. I know I am partially biased to this author but she again never disappoints .
So many resource and some you wouldn’t even think about.

Highly recommend this to everyone and most of all the babies pagans out there just getting started.

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This book is so pretty! So many great tips about how to perform Witchcraft on a budget! I read this book at ConVocation 2024 and it was so nice to meet the reps from Crossed Crow Books. They're so sweet! Can't recommend this book and anything they publish!

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I enjoyed this book. It has a lot of tips for witches on a budget. It also has ideas of places to start and ways to start small. There are also a lot of sources, so you can find other related books. I also love that it includes recipes for all different seasons.

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Finally! A sensible low cost approach to being a witch. Candles, oils, caultrons, wands, etc... may be nice additions to the practicex, but as a hedgewitch, I know they aren't all neccessary to practicing. I know some folks will need all the objects, paraphanalia and rituals, it works for them! And that's fine and lovely! BUt as an intro to thr craft, this is a lovely no nonesense approach that won't put anyone off or intimidate them from learning about the craft. as a I especially enjoyed the craft section. Making your own magical charms, candles, even rubne stones and tarots(!), among other things, was wonderfu;! I also enjoyed the recipes for foods for various occasions. The book was well written and a joy to read. It's not vert long book, but covers the basics, so good start!

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What I like most about this book is that it helps others to understand that money should not be a block in their practice of the craft. Well, I believe intention is the most powerful part of my Craft,, others really do believe that they need to use magical tool and natural resources to help them in their own practice. This is a great resource for those looking to find way to save money and practice their Craft at the same time.

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(Thank you to Deborah Blake, Crossed crow books and NetGalley for letting me read this ARC copy)

This was such a fun and informative read with great resources and budget friendly advice for anyone who wants to practice witchcraft.

Whether you’re a new witch or someone who has been practicing the craft for a while, this book is a good way to help your wallet not cry in pain from all the spending you might have to do.

Not only is this book filled with a whole lot of tips and tricks on how to have a budget friendly practice but it also has delicious recipes (I have only managed to try one of them so far but it was delicious) and some diy on how to make your own crafts for altars or rituals.

And I honestly liked how this book was written, because most other books might have a too “factual” voice when it comes to the writing but this book and its writing felt more like a “normal” voice between a nice teacher and their students and as someone who just started to practice witchcraft I felt like this book was a great tool with lots of information.

So I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know if there’s some cheaper alternatives when it comes to practice witchcraft but also wants to have some fun ideas for feasts and/or rituals. And I will definitely be checking out the books mentioned in this ARC too.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

For a college student who just started learning about witchcraft and wants to start practicing, Witchcraft on a Shoestring is the perfect resource to help save money! With everything from book recommendations, and crafts, making witch's tools, and recipes. This book had so much knowledge between its pages! It was also a super quick and easy read that I see myself coming back too!


I would recommend Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget to any college student who wants to practice witchcraft and anyone else who needs help saving money in their practice.

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Witchcraft on a Shoestring by Deborah Blake shows that you do not have to spend a bunch of money to practice witchcraft. This is a wonderful book/resource including what practicing magic is, and how to make the things you'll need and how to use them. It also includes other recommended books and websites to help you further your practice. There are delicious recipes for the Sabbats of the year (some are so yummy you might cook the all year). I was blown away by this all encompassing book. This is definitely a must have for your library!

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—Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the chance to review an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was so informative. It has tons of amazing tips as to how one can do their craft without breaking the bank. Yet it wasn’t materialistic in that if you have the good intentions and the mindset, anything is possible.

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Deborah Blake never disappoints. This books is filled with great tips for those on a shoestring budget. I definitely plan to get a print copy of this book to have on my shelf with my other DB books.

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"Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget" by Deborah Blake offers a refreshing take on Witchcraft for those seeking to deepen their practice without emptying their wallets. What sets this book apart is its assumption that readers already possess some knowledge of Witchcraft, skipping the introductory fluff and diving straight into practical advice—a rarity in the genre.

Blake expertly guides readers through cost-effective alternatives and substitutions, ensuring that financial constraints don't hinder one's spiritual journey. From explaining the rationale behind each substitution to providing clear instructions, the book empowers practitioners to explore and adapt their craft without feeling limited by financial limitations.

One of the highlights of the book is the inclusion of recipes and crafts, adding a hands-on dimension to the practice. These additions not only enhance the reader's understanding but also foster a sense of creativity and connection with the craft.

Ultimately, "Witchcraft on a Shoestring" reminds us that the essence of Witchcraft lies not in material possessions, but in the deep, personal connections we forge with ourselves, nature, and the divine. It challenges practitioners to prioritize intention and connection over materialism—a valuable lesson in today's consumer-driven world.

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A delightfully written informative book on affordable diy good witch witchcraft.
I am not a practitioner, but I’m always curious about all things about nature and becoming a better person. Deborah Blake subtly debunks any ideas that witches are evil, but rather they appreciate the power of nature and becoming the best human possible. I might even unconsciously be a Green Witch!
This nonfiction book is easily read and directions art simple to follow. I totally enjoyed the authors writing style and clever do it yourself solutions and where to find free information, uses of herbs, gardening, Wiccan etiquette, crafts, and, yes, spell-casting. And more. This might also be a reference book for a themed event. There are clever crafts and recipes, even one for making paper.
I recommend this book for the broad minded person who wants to understand modern witches and their magick. Yes, magick, not magic. I heartily recommend this book for witches beginning their practice because it is such an easy comprehensive reference.
Thank you NetGalley and Crossed Crow Books for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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This was an absolute gem. I loved her humorous narration as she explains the best ways to NOT get ourselves into a bind, so to speak. There were a lot of helpful tips and tricks I think people could refer to for a very long time!

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This book is very joy oriented with recipes and other ways to bring comfort to yourself or others. The basics are given as well as background on what and why. I really enjoyed the chapter involving choice when it comes to ingredients. Use this not that is one of the big discussions in ritual and holiday celebrations. The author has alternatives and why they may be workable.This book is full of ideas and options.

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Good, down to earth advice on how to practice your craft without buying into the idea you have to spend a lot of money on crystals and equipment.

So many younger witches I see on social media have got wrapped up in the aesthetic of witchcraft, collecting crystals, fancy wands and such. This book is a timely reminder that none of that is necessary to perform natural magic.

Should be on every recommended reading list for Pagan or witchcraft books.

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As an avid reader of witchcraft books, this is the book I have been looking for! While this book is aimed at people who want to practice on a budget, I think this book also suits minimalists really well. Witchcraft very often devolves into a "stuff" focused practice, which can be frustrating for a multitude of reasons. This book is a really comprehensive guide to practicing without spending a lot or even acquiring a lot.

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