How to save money at your favorite craft stores


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Let’s face it – your kids are going to be more bored than usual for a while. And while boredom often begets creativity and innovation, hearing “I’m bored” 1,000 times a day is not at the top of any parent’s wish list. Rather than racking your brain for clever activities day after day, load up on crafts. That way, the kids will have something to do when lessons are done for the day or they are bored with backyard games

Here are some easy ways to save money at three of the nation’s biggest craft store chains: Michaels, JOANN and Hobby Lobby.

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  • Use browser extensions like, Rakuten, Slickdeals, or Honey for coupons and cashback opportunities as you browse online.
  • Use money-saving apps like Ibotta and Slickdeals for coupons or cashback as you shop in-store.
  • If you’re buying holiday-themed items, the closer you are to the holiday, the better the prices will be. After the holiday is the very best time to buy (if you have room to store things away for next year!).


How to save money at Michael’s

Michael’s craft stores can be found in most states as well as in Canada. They also recently purchased the A.C. Moore chain of craft stores, so they will be even more accessible. They have a website where you can buy supplies and access free crafting tutorials for every age and skill level. 

Here are some money-saving hacks for Michael’s.

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Use their coupon site has updated coupons and promo codes to use on future purchases.

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Look out for weekly ad sales

Peruse their weekly ad, which you may receive in the mail, but you can also access it online

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Download the Michael’s app

Their app is a convenient way to shop and a convenient source for coupons. 

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Get promotional texts

Sign up for promotional text alerts by texting JOIN to 273-283.

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Join the Michael’s rewards program

Join the free Michaels Rewards program for receipt-free returns, a birthday coupon and exclusive savings tailored to you,.

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Get the Michael’s newsletter

Sign up for their newsletter for exclusive savings.

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Check your Michael’s receipt

When you shop in-store, check your receipt at the bottom for coupons or a survey that allows you to earn savings. 

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They take competitors’ coupons

Michaels also accepts competitor coupons – even valid ones printed from competitors’ websites.

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You can use more than one coupon on a transaction

You can use multiple coupons in one transaction, but they can’t be applied to the same product and they cannot be combined with sales.

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Follow their social media

Follow Michaels on Facebook and Twitter for last-minute sales and exclusive deals.

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They offer teachers a discount

Teacher’s Discount: Save 15% off your entire in-store purchase with valid ID, including sale items. 

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They offer seniors a discount

Customers 55+ can save 10% off your entire in-store purchase with valid ID, including sale items. 

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They offer military discounts

Military Discount: With a valid ID, military members, veterans and their families can save 15% off in-store purchases.

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Michael’s tries to beat the competition

Michaels price matches AND takes an extra 10% off the top if you find a better price on an identical item elsewhere – just show the ad or printout at check out.

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Sales are all over the store

Michaels doesn’t just have one clearance section – look all over the store to save. Check end caps and look among regularly priced items. 

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Look for orange tags

I’ve heard that orange clearance tags signal the best deal and weekly sales start on Sundays.

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How to save money at Hobby Lobby

According to their website, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world. They have over 900 stores in 46 states. You can also shop on their site, where you can access lots of free DIY videos

Here are some money-saving hacks for Hobby Lobby.

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Sale items always exist

Some items are on sale much of the time, including furniture, which is 30% off, potted trees and floor plants, which are 30% off and frames, which are 50% off.

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They strategically schedule sales

There also seems to be a schedule, where certain categories – like Home Decor, Floral, Frames and Art & Art Supplies – are 50% off. If you’re a frequent shopper, pay attention to what’s on sale when you visit and plan subsequent visits accordingly. 

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Go to Hobby Lobby’s website

Coupons are prominently displayed on the Hobby Lobby site. You can also access their weekly ad here

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Sign up for weekly emails

Sign up for their emails to receive their weekly ad in your inbox, along with special promotions and ideas for projects.

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You can possibly get a better deal than a sale price

If a coupon discount is greater than a sale price, you can opt to use the coupon instead of the sale price. 

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Take advantage of big coupon discounts

You may be familiar with their 40% off coupons. They say, “one per person, per day,” but you can always bring an older kid or friend with you to check out separately to use a second coupon. 

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Look for red stickers

Like with many stores, a red sticker = clearance. The sale price may fluctuate, but the red sticker usually means that the item will never return to full price. 

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Pick things up in-store

Online shipping fees increase with the amount you spend, so if you’re ordering a large number of items for a party or occasion, in-store is a better bet. You can order ahead and pick up in-store for no extra charge. 

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Ask for additional discounts on damaged goods

If you’re in-store and find a damaged item, you can often get an extra discount just by asking an associate. 

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You can get a rain check on a sale item

Hobby Lobby offers rain checks on sale items that are out of stock (Michaels and Jo-Ann’s do not).

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How to save money at JOANN

JOANN has been around for nearly 75 years and has more than 865 stores across 49 states, as well as online. For crafting tutorials, you can join Creativebug, which for $7.95 per month, gives you access to thousands of online classes. Get two months free here

Here are some money-saving hacks for JOANN.

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Go to their website

You can find coupons at I’ve heard that new coupons are released on Sundays.

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Use multiple coupons at checkout

You can use multiple coupons on multiple items in one transaction, as long as the coupons are from different sources, i.e. one from an email and one from their app, etc.

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You can use coupons on sale items

You can also use “percentage-off” coupons on sale and clearance items, which isn’t the case at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

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You can use the same coupon more than once

Coupons can be used twice: once in-store and again online. 

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Get their weekly ads

You can access their weekly ad here

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Install their app

Download the app for exclusive access to 60% off any one regular-priced item and other coupons, too.

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Sign up for all of their alerts and get a discount

Sign up for email, mailers, and text in one place. You’ll get a coupon for 20% off your total purchase when you sign up for emails and a coupon for 25% off your total purchase when you sign up for texts.

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Sign up for JoAnn+

If you’re buying supplies to make items you plan to sell, you can sign up for JoAnn+ and save an extra 5%. 

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Yarn is discounted

I was told that yarn is discounted 25-35% in the spring and fall, plus whatever coupons you can stack on top.

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Get discarded fabric at half price

If you only need a small amount of fabric, check their remnants bin where fabrics are 50% off. 

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JOANN offers several special discounts

Military, costume designers, teachers, 4-H and Girl Scouts can all save 15% by enrolling in the discount program.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.