If you are a serious crocheter or crafter then you have probably realized the same thing that I have over the past few Pinterest inspired years. DIY does not always mean cheaper. On the contrary, I often end up spending more when I make things for myself or as gifts than if I were to buy them in a store. So in the long run, I guess we are not only paying for the supplies but also the experience of creating and the pride in a finished product we love!
I can absolutely justify spending money on my crafting hobbies because it brings me such joy to create, however that doesn't mean that I don't like to save money when I can! Do you like to save money too? (hint: your answer should probably be yes...) Read on for my five best tips for saving money at Michaels:
1. Low Price Guarantee (a NEW policy)
When I am shopping locally, I typically shop at Michaels. In my area, it has the best yarn selection and often the best prices, but then again, sometimes not. Sometimes I see yarn on sale at another store for a crazy good price! I am a WAHM and as much as my daughter loves shopping at the "yarn store", it isn't my idea of a fun time to drag her around to a bunch of different stores for a good deal. Enter Michaels newest and quite exciting policy...
You can now PRICE MATCH at Michaels. And not only can you price match, but they will take an extra 10% off if you find the same product at a lower price at the time of purchase or within 7 days of purchase. Now you will want to go here to read the full policy because there are certain exclusions and specified retailers, but overall this is a fabulous new perk of shopping at Michaels!
2. Purchase Gift Cards at a Discount
Raise is an app that you can use to save money by purchasing discounted gift cards. 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 :)
3. Coupons (tip: they take competitor coupons!)
And speaking of coupons, Michaels has them. Every. Week. Have a hard time remembering to bring paper coupons? Download the Michaels App and you can access them directly from your phone!
If you sign up for Michaels Rewards (a free program) you will also receive an occasional exclusive coupon to use in store!
And my "secret" coupon tip? Michaels accepts competitor coupons from other local stores. So if a different store is offering a better coupon that week-bring it along ;)
Like their Price Match Policy, they have a few exclusions and other specifics that you can read about here.
I am an avid online shopper, and one way that I have saved TONS of money is by shopping through Ebates. The screenshot below is from my actual Ebates account last month:
As you can see from my recent purchases, Ebates works with a TON of different online retailers.
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 :)
5. Keep and eye out for free shipping deals!
I LOVE online shopping and I do it all the time, but I also really dislike to pay for shipping! I am always on the lookout for free shipping deals from craft stores. The most common times I have noticed free shipping offered on Michaels.com is in the weeks leading up to almost every holiday and during their changes of seasonal merchandise. When I learn about free shipping deals I typically share them on my Facebook page, so make sure to follow me so you don't miss them!
Now that you've saved all that money it's time to buy some extra yarn for your stash ;) Happy shopping!
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