This is a big promise, right? I know, I am aware. If someone offered me a pot of endless coupons for all of the craft stores I shop at, I might be a bit dubious (no I wouldn’t). So, let me be clear this is not advice for you creative types who are not willing to put a little effort into it (wait, a lazy creative type…that’s an oxymoron). This post comes straight from my heart, wallet, and experience (not necessarily in that order).
Here’s the deal (pun intended), I by 99.9 of my craft/sewing/decorating supplies from big box craft stores, namely Jo Ann, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Amazon (I know Amazon isn’t usually regarded as a craft store, but they have, like, everything you could want and I don’t have to load up the kids in the car). I love a good deal and my Etsy business depends on a good price, so I have made a science out of getting the deal at these stores. Additionally, I’m super bossy when it comes to things I’m passionate about (i.e. books, advice, deserts) therefore my burning desire to help you save when you’re crafting can no longer go ignored. Thus, the tips I live by when shopping for creativity were born (generally, these rules apply to online shopping as well).
Jo Ann for Crafts, Sewing Home Decor and Casses
My first stop is always Jo Ann, CLICK HERE for Joann.com. I don’t know if it’s because they have so many options or because I know every isle inside and out. Actually I think it might be because they have the most lenient policies when it comes to coupon use. Put on your seat belts, I’m about to save you some serious moola and here’s how to do it.
Sign up for the mailers!!! No, seriously, we all want to avoid getting more junk in the mailbox but Jo Ann doesn’t let down. When you sign up for mailers from Jo Ann, they mail you ads and coupons that are encrypted with a code that is linked specifically to you, so the more you use these the more coupons you get. However, you can only use mailer coupons once. Period. No really, they tear them up in front of you.
Sign up for text coupons Have a smart phone? The possibilities with these are endless. Namely, saving money! As far as I know Michael’s and Jo Ann are the only ones who offer regular text coupons. You can use these coupons as many times as you want per day and in conjunction with any other coupon until the expiration date. It takes no effort to get them, just present your phone at the time of purchase. You can only use it once per purchase (but as many purchases as you want to make per day). To sign up for Jo Ann text coupons text BEADS to 56266 (JOANN). *Message and data rates may apply.
Sign up for email coupons. Junk mail, junk mail, JUNK MAIL! You hate it as much as I do, but don’t mistake junk mail for a great deal. 90% of the time Jo Ann emails include some sort of coupon. Jo Ann sends out the same emails over and over when they are offering a coupon and they don’t have a limit on how many email coupons you can use. If you have 3 in your inbox, you can use all three in the same purchase.
Get the app! Sorry to all of you out there who don’t have smart phones because here is another tip for one. Get the Jo Ann app. They offer a coupon every week as well as keep you updated on what’s on sale. The nice thing about the app is it is crazy convienient. Just open the app and use the coupon, however, unlike email coupons you can only use the Jo Ann app coupon once per purchase but there is no limit on how many purchases you can use it for as long as it’s not expired.
Guess what, Jo Ann accept competitor’s coupons! That’s pretty huge and I give it up to them. Woot Woot! There is no limit for how many competitor’s coupons you can use per purchase, but you can’t use the same coupon more than once and you usually have to have a hard copy of the coupons (but they will accept printed versions of coupons you find online). Depending on the store, you may get away with using a digital coupon, particularly Hobby Lobby, but that’s not set in stone. If in doubt, just ask! What’s the worst they can say? “No, and you’re banned for life!” Ok, that might be my own fear, but trust me, it’s not reality.
Lastly, shop at Jo Ann Online and you can CLICK HERE for Joann.com Although you can’t use competitor’s coupons online you can use all of the others. Also, Jo Ann makes special offers to online buyers for shipping and additional coupons that can’t be used in the store.
Michael’s Arts and Craft Supplies
Moving on. I like Michael’s Free Shipping on $50+ at Michaels.com because they also have a great selection, but especially on things that Jo Ann doesn’t carry. The other reason I go to Michael’s is for their paper/scrapbook supplies. I’m sorry, but Jo Ann can’t touch Michael’s in this area. Here we go:
Sign up for mailers! Again, this is a great option at this store. They not only include what’s on sale but they offer special coupons in mailers that can’t be found any where else. But remember, you can only use mailers once per purchase. I signed up in the store when I was checing out.
Michael’s also offers text coupons. Same deal, you can only use the text coupon once per purchase. To sign up for Michael’s text coupons, text the word JOIN2 to CREATE (273283).
Yes, they also have email offers, but not every email offers a coupon. Most of the time they are just letting you know what’s on sale, but occasionally they bless you with a coupon or 10! Really, they are worth watching for in you inbox because when they do finally send a coupon it’s usually with 10 others.
Get the app! Just search the Michael’s app on your Smart phone, its totally free! Michael’s is much more structured about their app coupons. They always have a 40% off one regular priced item coupon in their app, but they digitally track when you use it. Once you use it it’s gone until it expires and a new one is offered. Each coupon is good for a week, so just using the app you can get 40% off one item every week.
Michael’s accepts competitor’s coupons but, again, you have to have a hard copy. Printed versions are accepted, but they have never accepted the coupon offered on a competitor’s app. Also, every time you shop there you get a 40% off coupon with your receipt. Check out this link to read the full coupon policy for Michael’s.
Hobby Lobby is the warehouse of craft stores. It’s dizzying going in there. Some people find it overwhelming, other’s love it! I have found that if you can’t find what you are after at other craft stores, Hobby Lobby has it.
Here’s the bottom line with Hobby Lobby and coupons, they are extreamly strict. As far as I’ve seen, they don’t offer coupons in the mail (please correct me if I’m wrong about that because I would love to have some) or email. They do not accept competitor’s coupons and they only let you use one coupon per purchase. Click here to sign up the their meal offers.
Having said that, get the app! They do continuously offer a 40% off a regular priced item on the app and you can use it as many times as you want, as long as it’s not on the same day.
Check their sale items. They are, however, great at putting things on sale. Take for instance their ribbon. I think they have the best selection so I keep an eye on their ads and when ribbon goes on sale I always head over. It’s always on all ribbon so no need for coupons, just buy as many as you want and the sale price applies to all of them. Keep an eye on their sales by signing up for emails and their app. I will say that a friend of mine went shopping for items she needed for a specific project and started at Jo Ann with coupons in hand. Then, on a whim she stopped by Hobby Lobby to see if they had the same items and how the prices compared. Everything she found at Hobby Lobby was cheaper, even without coupons, so she re-bought all of her items from Hobby Lobby then went back to Jo Ann and returned the others. Just Sayin’.
I know what you’re thinking, “Amazon—craft supplies…what’s the connection?” I get it, but Amazon offers sales regularly as well as used items at a discounted price. Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime Member you can get discounted and free shipping on many of your purchases, amazon Arts/Crafts/Sewing.
Did I mention you can order while the baby sleeps? Big. Fat. Win.
Last thing, if you are bent on saving money but have a lot to buy, go through the line more than once. I have been known to shop at Jo Ann, check out, go to the car and drop off my stuff, then go back in again and buy the rest of what I needed. I did this by using their email, text and app coupons.
Ok, I have now offered you the the Holy Grail to saving while crafting. I don’t want any excuses, get out there and create something!