Both are quick ways to fill up your bags. Especially if you don't have the retainers yet.
Tell me about it. An hour before servers went down I was sitting in Limsa debating with myself over whether or not I should start crafting yet, because I know when I do it I'm gonna end up leveling everything at once just to be self-sufficient and my bags will hate me for it.
Speaking of retainers, I saw that you got 150 storage. Can you get multiple, thus increasing that past 150?