Thursday, March 10, 2011

Craft Store Coupon Tips

In honor of National Craft Month, here are some coupon tips for shopping at craft stores:
  • Because it's National Craft Month, you can get some pretty sweet coupons this month. Be on the lookout.
  • Don't forget Mommy$avesBig. Also check the store sites/weekly ads.
  • Many craft stores (like Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Joann) accept competitors' coupons, so keep that in mind whenever you need something.
  • Almost all craft store coupons can be used once per day, per person, per store. That means you can print the same coupon more than once and either 1) go to multiple stores in one day, 2) go to the same store as many days as the coupon is good for, 3) take someone with you and each of you purchase something separately with the coupon, or 4) any combination of 1, 2, and 3.
  • The majority of craft store coupons are for one regular-price item. This is important to remember, because the sale items change each week, so keep an eye on that as well.
  • You can find all sorts of stuff, not just normal crafty stuff, at craft stores (like home decor items, baking/candy supplies, small gifts, etc.). Just beware that they may be overcharging for stuff you might find at a regular store, so compare the price using the coupon with the price it normally goes for elsewhere.
  • You can also shop online at Joann, so you don't have to drive to a store if you don't live close to one. They almost always have online coupon codes. I haven't done this yet, but I think I'll order some fabric online (they're notorious for long lines at the fabric cutting station). I'm planning to use one of their printable 50% off coupons for some sewing items I need before Saturday. You can also shop online at Hobby Lobby.
  • AC Moore has a rewards program, if you live near one. There aren't any around here (sad face), but they used to be my favorite craft store, because they always have good coupons, sales, and the rewards program (and they accept competitors' coupons). Hobby Lobby is now my favorite, by the way.
Happy couponing and crafting! Please leave a comment if you score something with a coupon and/or put these tips to use! Share your craft projects, too!

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