These days, it's hard not to find something made in a foreign country lining the shelves based on how affordable it is. However, these products can often be low grade products that don't last very long and aren't worth the money investing in them.
This is the time the creative person can save money and pick up a new hobby. Whatever it is, whether crafting, woodworking, and just figuring out creative ways to reuse things--it will help a person not have to spend money on worthless items and not waste the gas it takes to go to get them.
A great option to some of the cheap clothing that appears on sales racks these days is to make your own, which has always been an option. However, most people have prefered the convenience of a pre-assembled item for quite a few years. Unfortunately, this ends up costing money for something that falls apart in a short amount of time for most people these days.
Yes, material at stores can be costly, but not if you know how to buy it. Wait for good sales, clearance items, material donated to thrift stores, or shop at rummage sales. It doesn't always have to be completely made from scratch however. Sometimes modifying slightly used, good quality clothing can be an option.
Another way to save money is to create items for storage of your own rather than going to buy another plastic storage container. These items can be made from material, scrap wood, or any other sturdy material at hand. Be creative, an even if it looks odd, a really creative person can always find ways of sprucing their project up.
There are many things that can be done at home to save money spent on lesser quality items available at stores. Grow your own garden, make homemade food, assemble your own toys, make your own furniture--whatever you would like to do.
So if you need to save money by making your own items, go right ahead and do it! Don't worry about how it looks as long as it works--spruce it up if you must, but remember that this is being done for your own benefit--money and quality wise. have fun making it yourself!