Coupons – What and Where

29 01 2017

I LOVE saving money, it makes my crafting dollars go further 🙂 Because crafting supplies aren’t a life necessity (although it feels like it at times) I try not to pay full price for any of it. Coupons are amazing things and the three big crafting stores in my area have them. But did you know, that each store has it’s own rules for what those coupons can be used on? If not, here’s a quick run through that pertains mostly to paper crafting supplies (Obviously, there are other exclusions, so don’t forget to read through the exclusions yourself 🙂 )

Let’s start with Michael’s. Right now they  have a 30% off Entire Purchase ( I think I need to go to the store tomorrow 😉 ) But not really the entire purchase if you’re buying certain things.

Paper crafting Exclusions: Silhouette, Cricut and Canon BRANDS which means NO accessories or machines by these companies are eligible for the coupon. You need a new blade for your Silhouette? You pay full price for it. True story, this is how I found out about the exclusion without reading the coupon.

Next is JoAnn’s. One of the cool things about their coupons, is they let you use more than one if they’re different types of coupons. For example, you can’t use a 15% off Entire purchase then turn around and use a $5 off entire purchase. BUT, you can use a 30% off one item and a 15% off entire purchase. Fun, right? And when your entire purchase but one item was already on sale, well, you might kind of feel a little like a bandit running off with the loot.

Paper crafting Exclusions: all paper crafting machines, cartridges, dies, printers and accessories. <— that’s the majority of what I’m looking for.

Theirs used to say Cricut Brand, but it doesn’t anymore, so I’m not sure if Cricut brand embossing folders are excluded or not. For this store, I wait for sales, like the embossing folder sale when it’s buy 5 for $10 – that makes them just $2 each – even the larger ones. This may have happened last night when I went in looking for ONE embossing folder.

Last is Hobby Lobby. I ❤ them. They always have a 40% off coupon available for me, and I can use it all six days they’re open (I’m just not supposed to use it more than once in a day) and you can share the coupon with people in line, if you want, because maybe their little one was teething on their iPhone and now it wont turn on and they can’t get to their coupon. But they have some exclusions, too.

Paper crafting exclusions: Cricut PRODUCTS, Gemini Machine, Crafters Companion (I don’t know what this is, but it’s listed with the other paper crafting items), and Silhouette Cameo MACHINE

So even at Hobby Lobby, Cricut products aren’t coupon eligible, which makes me think this limitation comes from the manufacturer, not the stores since it’s consistent across the three stores in my area. However, it looks like Silhouette accessories ARE coupon eligible at Hobby lobby and JoAnn’s.

Maybe one of these days I’ll make a chart so I know which things to buy at which store to maximize my money savings from coupons. But not today. Today, I have some paper calling my name 😀

Thanks for stopping by!

*** obviously coupons can change, so don’t take this as gospel, you can double check the coupons before you use them, just in case.

***Also, I know there are other craft stores, these are just the major players in my neck of the woods, so I have their app on my phone and could look up the current exclusions.

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