The following is a list of what I have found in the past at the dollar stores to help me along my path:
Olive Oil- to use in dressing candles or making oils for specific reasons for spells or rituals
CD's- I have found Celtic or Nature sounds on CD to help with meditation
Droppers- for measuring oils
Alcohol-can be used to make “cool” fire
Colored tissue paper- can be used in sympathetic magic
Epsom salt- for cleansing magically and physically (ritual baths)
Soaps- can be melted down and remade for ritual baths, add herbs or oils to give them specific energies
Candles- candle magic
Frames- can't afford that great statue of your god? Print out a picture and put it in a frame. If you have any artistic talents, draw one yourself.
Scrapbook supplies-great for BOS pages
Glitter- add a little sparkle to your spells, also I use it in my fairy garden
Markers and colors-use in written spells or BOS pages
Poster boards- can use for manifestation boards (great for new moon projects)
Index cards- great to use for spells and keep in a file for easy access
Journals- record kee
Flowers- fairy projects, sabbat decorations
Balloons- air magic (great to use with kids with supervision of course)
Bubbles- air magic (great to use with kids)
Birthday candles- can also be used as part of a traveling altar box
Potpourri- can be used as offerings to a fire for the gods
Seeds- use in spells especially ones of growth or fertility
Twine/string/ribbons- use in knot magic
Wind chimes- represents air
7 day candles- used in spells or for quarter candles. I like to decorate each.
Play money- use in prosperity spells
Modeling clay- use to make amulets
Sugar/salt- scrubs for ritual baths
Rice- you can color rice to use in mogo or spells bags to correspond with whatever magic you are working.
Spices (basil, bay, red pepper, cinnamon to name a few) for use in mogo/spell bags
Food coloring- for use in sympathetic color magic
Scissors- can use to “cut” physically or magically, example cut away negative energy
Seashells- represents west/water
River rocks- can draw runes on them or other pics to use in divination
dolls- use as poppets
Again, these are just a few of the things I have found and used for help in my magic. I have many wonderful items at garage sales and thrift stores as well. Such as: goblets to use as chalices, small cauldron, material for altar cloths, table cloths to use as altar cloths, decorations for sabbath, etc.
And of course you can always use what nature provides: sticks/branches for wands or staffs. I have also used smaller branches to make pentagrams as well. Locally we have an abundance of pecans, acorns, pine needles and pine cones. Leaves also work great, just write your need onto the leaf and burn the offering to manifest your wish.
I hope these ideas helped to spark your imagination on how to practice your craft on a budget. I find that these days, I am always questioning myself on how can I use this in ritual or spells. So how do you practice your craft on a budget?