It is healthy to have a hobby and contrary to popular belief, your hobby does not necessarily have to cost you a fortune. Many people are into paper crafts and scrapbooking; of course many other forms of crafting are often incorporated into scrapbooking which can help keep your crafting experience to a reasonable cost. Lets focus on the tools that are often, or not so often used in various paper crafts.
Let's face it there are many tools that are simply to make your job easier and just not required to do the job correctly. These tools can be categorized as wanted tools. There is a difference in "needed tools" and "wanted tools". Not many people can cut a super straight line with a pair of scissors, in my book a paper cutter is a needed tool, this is of course if your purchasing paper in bulk and cutting it down to the size you want. Paper punches are also a great tool and these can fall under both categories depending on how advanced you want your work or project to be.
There are many great names in the crafting tool industry, some are very well known as well as expensive and other brands are less known and less expensive; does this mean they are a product of less quality. I have spent a good deal of money on various different tools for my crafting hobby and recently I have purchased a less known name product that was a far better built tool than the name brand I normally bought, and paid a lot more for. The new tool was not only a great product but was also user friendly and kinder to my hands. The new paper punch is detailed, clean cutting, and easy to work with as well as taking up less space than some of the other brands.
When it comes to scissors or paper cutting equipment I am loyal to the Fiskars brand. This has been a strong, durable and trustworthy brand in every piece I have purchased, even when the purchases were for the school kids. This also happens to be a popular name product at a very reasonable price. The tools I use in the yard for cutting are also the Fiskars brand. The moral of this story is use products you can trust and that are good quality but also that are kind to you, that means the hands that are using them and the wallet that purchases them. The better known name or higher priced item is not always the best quality product. Purchase the tools that you need and get the wanted tools when you can, don't take the fun out of your crafting by making it a cost night mare.