How to get cheap yarn!

Today I did something awesome!

I went to Joann’s and came home with approx. $300 worth of yarn for $175.

After posting about it on Facebook and getting some interest I decided to look up the exact coupon policies on the Michaels, Joann’s and Hoby Lobby websites and found that none of them really had one! Joann’s explains their coupon policy for ordering online (http://www.joann.com/faq/) but doesn’t say anything about using coupons in the store. (If you are able to find any of these stores coupon policies on their website please let me know so I can link to them directly!) So, I thought I would share my tricks with you! If you’ve been buying things from craft stores for very long you may know all of this, but for those that don’t, this could save you a lot of money!

The following are the coupon policies at the 3 major craft stores in my area, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnns, as I’ve been able to use them over the last 3 years. Double check with you stores customer service department, I can’t be held responsible if you’re store is different, but this has been consistent in both states I’ve lived in!

Disclaimer: Check with your local store before making you first purcahse. I do not, and have never, work for any of these stores and am not speaking on their behalf. I am sharing this information strictly as a consumer and to help other crocheters. I cannot be held liable if your store has a different policy.

Hobby Lobby: Most strict. Does NOT accept competitor coupons, only the 40% off coupon they offer on their website and their mobile phone app. Does NOT price match. Only accepts one coupon per transaction.

Michaels: Does price match if you show them the current ad from another store, and if they carry the exact same item. They DO accept competitor coupons, but will only accept 1 per transaction. I will often take my husband and just have him do an additional transaction and they have no problem with that.

Joann Fabric: BEST coupon policy! Does price match if you show them the ad from another store, and if they carry the exact same item. They DO accept competitor coupons, and will accept more then 1 per transaction! I use my phone apps to show coupons, but they will let me use any of the coupons I have from all 3 stores once all on the same transaction. If you print off coupons, they will let you use as many as you print off. Most stores require that each coupon be different (you can’t print off 40 of the same coupon and use them all at once), but you’ll want to ask about this, as I did go to a store one time where a cashier told me that this WAS allowed. I have NOT tried it.

So here is how I got my awesome buy today: I went to Joanns. Caron yarn was already on sale, $2 per skein off. I used the 60% off (an unheard of discount!) and 40% Joanns coupons, 1 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, and a 50% Michaels coupon. After all THOSE discounts were taken off I was able to use a 25% off your entire purchase, including sale items coupon from Michaels to take the price of the Caron yarn down even further.

 So, that’s how you do it! If you have questions, it’s always best to ask your local store, but I can try to answer if you need!

Edit: Seriously be sure to check with you store before you go in planning a big purchase. One perosn just informed me that her Joanns location would not let her use a 25% off your entire purchase coupon from Michaels. I have been able to use this exact coupon from Michaels at Joanns locations in 2 states in the last 6 months, so it may vary by store manager. I’ve also heard from other customers who WERE able to use this coupon.

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5 thoughts on “How to get cheap yarn!

  1. After reading this on FB I printed out every coupon I could from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s. I then dug through the recycle bin to find the Michael’s mailer that I had thrown away. Off to Joann’s I went! I found the yarn I needed, and hoped this would work! It did I got $56 worth of yarn for $13.69. They priced matched Michael’s flyer and I used all my coupons! I live in Buffalo NY and as far as JoAnn’s your info was spot on! I’m so glad you posted this, I can’t believe in all the years of buying yarn how much extra money I was giving them. That stops now LOL! Thanks again!!!!

  2. I love using coupons at Joann’s…The store close to my home lets me stack % off total purchases as long as they have different codes…so I can use a 25% off coupon from my email and the 25% off coupon from the app on my phone…I tried that at another location once and they didn’t let me do that.

  3. You’ll want to check on price matching as well, they won’t price match on everything. Patterns for example (Simplicity, McCall’s ect), no one will not price match on. They seem to be very picky on price matching.
    I’ve been doing this at JoAnn for ever, I almost never go to the other stores because JoAnn’s coupon policy is so much better! As long as each coupon has a different SKU, they are more than happy to let you use multiple 40% off coupons (direct mail, email, Sunday paper), and each email has a different SKU, so if you hubby uses a different email account sign him up for the JoAnn emails!!

  4. When you were talking about the Caron yarn being $2 off, did they let you use a coupon at Joanns on top of the $2 off sale?

  5. aww you guys are so lucky my local joann only allows multiple coupons of different kinds so i cant use two 40% off in one transaction. And I went to a Micheal’s once and the cashier denied my use of a Joann 20% coupon claiming they can’t accept “total purchase coupons” Ga coupon rules are so stiff!

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