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.