Are you a crafty type? A DIY diva? Or do you have kids who love to express themselves creatively? Then you've probably been to Michaels more times than you can count! But do you know how to shop this major craft store the savvy shopper way? Read on for the tips and tricks that you need to know to make the most of your craft supply budget...
Collect All The Coupons
Michaels often has coupons online and in your Sunday circular, and the deals update every Sunday. They offer a 40% off or similar high value coupon for any one item fairly often, so make sure to grab that for any big purchases! The coupons tend to expire after seven days and turn over on Sundays.
Michaels also does one or two day high value coupons for individual items as well, so make sure you check your app or Sunday paper before you go.
They'll Accept Competitor Coupons (Sometimes)
Michaels stores will often accept competitor coupons for individual items for up to 50% off, but not for entire purchases. The competitior store has to be in your area and this is done at the manager's discretion, but its always worth asking!
You Can Stack (In Certain Instances)
For instance, you can stack a coupon for an individual item or even the aforementioned competitor coupons with an Michaels coupon for a percentage an entire purchase. The savings can really add up!
Get The App And Mobile Alerts
Michaels has a handy smartphone app, and you can also sign up for mobile to get deals like 20% off your entire purchase along with better deals for certain brands and types of products (e.g. 40% off beading tools or a certain brand of yarn).
Framing Deals For The Non-Crafty
Even if you're not super into DIY, Michaels offers pretty affordable custom framing and usually has a pretty decent selection of common shapes and sizes in-store as well. For instance, sometimes there are deals for up to 60% off custom frames, which you really can't beat.
Delve Into The Dollar Bins
Most Michaels stores have dollar bins filled with fun little things as well as a "big savings" aisle with clearance and markdowns, and you can find all kinds of treasures in those, especially seasonal clearance. Stock up for next year's holidays early and save.
Use Your Credentials
Michaels offers educational (student and teacher), senior, and military discounts, so you apply, show your ID and save.
Happy shopping and creating!