How To Save More Money on Craft Supplies (even AFTER coupons!)

When I started this blog, I focused a lot on how to save money when shopping for yarn.  Lately I have shifted more to pattern designing, BUT saving money and deal shopping is still a big part of my life!  Check out this yarn haul - I got ALL OF THIS for only $28.85 (retail $51.31)

Crocheting and crafting in general can be a very expensive hobby!  Whether you are a hobby crocheter or you crochet to sell-learning how to save money on your supplies is NEVER a bad idea.  So today I'm going to show you how I saved 44% off of retail price from my last Joann Fabrics shopping trip and how you can too!

Disclaimer: some of these links are referral links which means I will receive a small amount of compensation if you use these apps/websites.  HOWEVER, the screen shots below are from my actual accounts so as you can see, I absolutely use these.  I would never try to share something I didn't use and enjoy myself :)

Now, I'm assuming all you yarn lovers out there are aware of Joann's coupons.  If not, here is a quick rundown:

You can use more than one % off an individual item coupon in a shopping trip as long as they are from different sources (i.e. from their website, from your email, from their text messages, from their mailer, etc.)

Ok now that we have that little piece covered I'm going to show you how I saved even MORE money using apps on my phone.

1. Ibotta (I used this to save an extra $7!)

If you aren't familiar with this app yet, I recommend that you check it out for saving money on crafts and a ton of general essentials!  This app offers you rebates for products you purchase at specific stores.  All you need to do is select your store, add the deals you want, and verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and taking a photo of your receipt.

Joann Fabrics has recently been added as a retailer to the Ibotta app, and I was pleasantly surprised with the deals they had to offer!

  • $5 back on a $35 purchase: Remember that this discount is in addition to any coupons you use in-store!  Just be sure that your subtotal is still over $35 after coupons are applied.
  • Specific item deals: While I was looking through their item rebates I noticed that several styles of their 'Big Twist' and 'Buttercream' yarn had an additional $1 rebate.  
    • So even though the Big Twist yarn was already 25% off in store, I was able to get another $1 back through this app (essentially making it cost just over $1)
    • Likewise, the skein of Buttercream yarn that I bought was NOT on sale ($9.99).  I used a 40% off coupon on this product PLUS $1 back through Ibotta making it only $5!

If you are new to Ibotta and sign up through my referral link, you will receive a $10 bonus after redeeming your first 10 offers within 30 days.

2. Find&Save

This app is like Ibotta in the sense that it offers rebates for shopping at specific retailers.  Unlike Ibotta, most of the time you don't need to purchase specific products to receive the rebate.  Also unlike Ibotta, the retailers rotate.  SO there aren't always rebates for Joann's or Michaels BUT there are sometimes.  So it is worth having installed on your phone just to check :)  Below you can see the Joann deal that I took advantage of.  

3. Raise

Raise is another app that you can use to save money, but this one works differently.  On Raise, you can purchase gift cards at a discounted price.  Some gift cards are for online use, and some come in the mail.  I have purchased Michaels gift cards through this app several times and have always been very pleased!  It means I can save even more money in addition to coupons!  I actually wrote a whole post about Raise that you can find here if you would like a few more details about this app.

If you sign up for Raise through my referral link, you will get an extra $5 off your first purchase :)


If you prefer shopping online...

4. Ebates, Ebates, Ebates!

I can't tell you how often I use this app/website.  Now admittedly, I do a lot of online shopping, but here is a screen shot of how much money I have been paid from Ebates since joining in 2011:

You can save from TONS of different stores shopping online through Ebates INCLUDING Michaels (typically 2% cash back) and Joann Fabrics (typically 1% cash back).  If you shop online even occasionally I absolutely recommend shopping through Ebates!

If you sign up for Ebates through my referral link, you will get an extra $10 after your first $25 purchase :)

I will still absolutely continue to direct my main focus toward crocheting and pattern writing because it's what I love to do, but I also love teaching people how to save money. So what do you think?  Is this information useful to you?  Drop a comment below and let me know!