Did you know it’s possible to save at Michaels craft store (at least 60%) without much effort? In fact, you can reach up to 90% savings when you know how to stack Michaels coupons, what sales to jump on and which items tend to get the lowest markdowns.
Lucky for you, I’ve got all those ways to save right here. I told you this would be easy.
But first, download the KCL app so you hear about it when there’s a Michaels deal you shouldn’t miss.
1. Ask for a price match at Michaels — you’ll get an extra 10% off the competitor’s price!
If you see an identical item at Michaels that’s cheaper at any of the brick-and-mortar stores or their online counterparts listed above, you can get the competitor’s price plus an additional 10% off as long as you have the printed ad or a photo of it to prove it.
One idea is to take screenshots of competitor’s online ads and show the picture to a Michaels associate, so you don’t have to truck around loads of physical ads from competitors while you’re shopping Michaels.
Unfortunately, you can’t use a coupon at all — from a Michaels store or otherwise — on top of the price match. So make sure you choose whichever option gives you the best deal.
2. You can always find a “20% off All Regular Price Purchases” Michaels coupon.
Remember how Michaels used to always have that “40% off one regular price item” coupon available in the app and on Michaels.com? And those “$20 off a $50 purchase” coupons? It appears that COVID-19 changed the game — instead of a 40% off coupon available all the time, you’ll see the “20% off All Regular Price Purchases” now. This has been a things since March of 2020.
Michaels coupon exclusions apply to coupons unless otherwise stated — like sale items, custom framing, brands like Cricut and more. Coupons are available in the Michaels app or you can find the promo codes at Michaels.com.
3. Michaels’ 40% off coupon is slowly making a comeback — watch for a physical mailer.
I’m not sure if it will ever be available all the time in the Michaels app again, but I received a mailer with a couple 40% off one regular price item coupons this week. It gives me hope that they’ll be back!
Reach out to Michaels Customer Care to make sure you’re on the list for snail mail!
TIP: You can stack a 40% off one regular price item coupon with an “entire purchase” coupon. Since COVID-19 hit, I’ve only seen entire purchase coupons in the mail. If you see one, go ahead and stack!
4. Use your “20% off regular price item” coupon multiple times.
If you’re ready to move on from grieving the scarcity of the 40% off coupon, I have good news for you!
You can use the 20% off coupon on all your regular price items. If you recall, the 40% off coupon was only valid on one item per transaction.
So, if you are buying a lot of small, regular price items, this isn’t too bad of a deal, since you can use the 20% off coupon on as many items as you want (you’ll get 20% off your total regular price items). Compare this with a situation in the past where you bought many items, but you could only use the 40% off coupon on a single item.
The downside is if you’re buying a single, expensive item, you might really miss that 40% off coupon!
5. Use your 20% off coupon with a coupon like “40% off Washi Tape,” but no stacking.
Confusing much? I’ll explain. Let’s say you see two coupons available in the Michaels app. One is the new coupon that’s always there — “20% off regular priced items.” And the other is a specific product coupon like “40% off Washi Tape.” You can use both of these coupons in one transaction, but you can’t stack them on the Washi Tape to get 60% off (I wish!).
You need to be buying at least one separate regular-price item in addition to the Washi Tape. Your 40% off Washi Tape coupon applies to the Washi Tape and the 20% off coupon applies to the other regular-price item(s) in your cart.
6. Sign up for Michaels Rewards to earn $5 vouchers.
Michaels has a new loyalty program called “Michaels Rewards” and it’s unlike other store loyalty programs, because you don’t earn points per dollar you spend. Instead, when you buy certain promotional items, you’ll earn rewards. Sometimes the promotion isn’t a specific item you have to buy, it’s just an offer like: “Earn $5 in Rewards when you spend $25 or more.”
Look for Rewards offers in the Michaels app under “Weekly Ad,” then tap “Michaels Rewards.”
In-store, look for the Rewards flyer at the front of the store to see how you can earn rewards that particular day.
When you’ve earned a $5 Rewards Voucher, Michaels will email it to you. It’s basically a store credit that you can spend on your next Michaels purchase.
In addition to earning Rewards Vouchers, you’ll get receipt-less returns, invitations to events and be able to find out early about upcoming sales.
TIP: Sign up for Michaels emails and get a 15% off coupon too!
7. You can stack a coupon with a Rewards Voucher.
This may be the best way to stack coupons and get a deal at Michaels.
You’ll only be able to use one coupon (like a 20% off coupon) per item, but go ahead and use your Rewards Voucher, too!
Michaels will take off your coupon amount first, and then apply the Rewards Voucher to your purchase.
8. Use Michaels curbside (it’s free!) to avoid going into the store.
Don’t want to go into Michaels? No problem. You can place an order on Michaels.com for curbside pickup and when your order is ready for you to pick it up, you’ll receive an email from Michaels saying “come and get it!” The email includes a phone number for you to call when you arrive at the store — a Michaels associate will bring your items out to your car.
Curbside is only available until 6 p.m., so if you show up after that, you’ll need to go into the store and get your purchase from the regular “pick up in-store” lockers. Just find an associate and show them your email confirmation to get your items.
When you’re shopping Michaels.com, look for “Store Pickup” next to your item. This means you can get it curbside.
TIP: Place your order before 3 p.m. and you will probably be able to pick your purchase up the same day.
9. Or pay $7.99 – $9.99 for Michaels same-day delivery.
Also new, thanks to COVID-19 — you can get your items delivered to your house the same day you place an order.
You must place your order before 1 p.m. (any orders after this will be delivered the next day).
It’s $9.99 for same-day delivery on order up to $100 and $7.99 for orders over $100.
10. Download the Michaels app so you always have the Michaels weekly ad on hand.
The Michaels weekly ad is organized by department and it highlights how many current deals are available in each department at a quick glance. For example, when you tap a category like “Art Supplies,” you see all the deals for that department.
Plus, when you tap “Coupons” in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll get access to the 40% off coupon and any other coupons available that day.
11. Shop Michaels sales for the deepest discounts on beads, frames and holiday decor.
In addition to coupons, Michaels offers sales with deep savings in many categories. Mark your calendar if you’re in the market for any of these items:
- Semi-Annual Clearance Event: 70% off Christmas decor, Christmas floral, Christmas ribbon, yarn, kids’ crafts and more
- Organization Event: 60% off organization bins, totes, cabinets and more — Cricut Maker is $50 off (13% discount).
- Stock Up Event: 55% off yarn
- 7 Doorbusters for 70% Off Event: Select frames, Select scrapbook albums, select wrapped canvas, all 360 ribbon, 16-case photo keeper, all spring floral, all strung beads
- Lowest Price of the Season Event: 50-70% off categories like beads, floral, craft storage, shadow boxes and more
- Spring Black Friday: Up to 70% off floral, craft storage, scrapbooking, spring decor and more
Red, White and Blue Sale: 50% off all summer floral and decor
Semi-Annual Clearance Event: 70% off frames, art supplies, yarn, baskets, floral and more
Lowest Price of the Season Event: 50-70% off categories like wrapped canvas, frames and shadow boxes, beads and fall floral
Mega Monster Sale: 50% off Halloween decor
Holiday Home Event: 50% off Christmas decor, Christmas floral, Christmas ribbon, garland, lanterns and baskets
12. Don’t miss Michaels Black Friday deals — you can get a 7 foot artificial tree for less than $50!
Every year, Michaels offers Black Friday sales, and the crowning jewel of the sale is 60% off artificial Christmas trees. Best part? You don’t need to go into the store. Order your tree at Michaels.com and get free shipping on any tree over six feet tall.
Also, Michaels offers Doorbusters on Cricut ($50 off three different models: Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2 and 9″x9″ Cricut EasyPress 2). While $50 off doesn’t seem like that big of a sale, for Cricut, any discount matters and this is the deepest discount we’ve seen. It’s offered during Black Friday week and again in January during the Organization Event.
13. Stock up on craft organization and supplies during Michaels Back-to-School sale.
Since Michaels back-to-school offerings are geared more toward teachers than parents, back-to-school season is a prime time to take advantage of Michaels 10% price match. When you find school supplies cheaper somewhere else, (which you will) just ask Michaels to beat the price by 10%.
14. Watch for sealed $4 Grab Bags, filled with clearance seasonal merchandise and home decor.
At the end of each season, watch for Grab Bags — or sealed boxes filled with seasonal items the store is hoping to unload. We’ve seen Grab Bags in February full of Christmas decor, ornaments, frosting and more. In the fall, we’ve seen summer toys like bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
These Grab Bags are not a guarantee at the end of every season, but if your store has them, they’ll probably be in the front of the store. It’s a great deal when you compare the retail price of each item with $4 you paid for the box!
In fact, in February 2020, I scored $154.99 worth of items from Michaels for just $4. Here are the items I got along with their retail value:
- Two garlands: $40
- Two large bows: $30
- Plastic cookie cutter: $10
- One small plastic ornament: $1
- Three flat plastic ornaments: $6
- “I Love My Mutt” ornament: $14.99
- Two baking cups: $4
- Gift bags: $5
- Christmas tin: $4
- Wreath: $4
- Three packs of ornament hooks: $6
15. Colored clearance stickers tell employees when to put items into Grab Bags.
You’ll see many different colors — pink, yellow, green, blue, etc. — and the sticker’s purpose is to help employees keep track of how long items have been on the floor. Depending on the rotation, when it’s time to fill Grab Bags, employees will round up all the yellow-stickered items, for example, and put them into that season’s Grab Bags.
Some clearance items have two different colors of stickers, one on top of the other. This happens when employees decide to give certain items another markdown instead of putting them into Grab Bags for that round.
16. Follow Michaels holiday clearance schedule and wait until you see 70% off.
Michaels has a predictable process for holiday and seasonal markdowns — it’s kind of like a clearance life cycle.
Items arrive well ahead of the holiday and start receiving minor markdowns shortly after. Markdowns increase until the holiday passes and then they explode. Once inventory is very low — it can be weeks, but more likely months — items go into a Grab Bag. Let’s look at Christmas as an example.
August: Christmas items hit the shelves at Michaels without markdowns.
October: You’ll see 30-40% off Christmas decor. This is the start of the markdown process.
First week in November through mid-November: Look for up to 60% off select artificial trees. This is a soft introduction to Michaels’ big tree sale during Black Friday, so not all trees will reach 60% off at this point. You’ll also see 40-50% off Christmas decor, ribbons and wreaths at this point.
Black Friday week in November: Watch for 60% off all trees and 50% off Christmas items.
Second week in December through Christmas Day: Markdowns reach 60% off Christmas items.
A few days after Christmas (usually three or so) through January: Christmas items are marked down to 70% off, some items reaching 90% off.
Early February: Leftover Christmas items get put into Grab Bags and sold for $4 per box.
You can expect a variation of this process for all end-of-season clearance (summer, spring, fall) and holiday clearance (Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day).
17. Buy clearance toys in January when they reach up to 90% off.
As a general rule, always use the in-store price checker to scan Michaels clearance items to see if they’re actually cheaper than the list price.
This is how we stumbled upon clearance toys for up to 90% off — the store was trying to clear out Christmas gift items.
These savings margins make toys one of the best things to buy at Michaels!
Here’s a tiny bit of what we saw:
18. Check the “$0.99” bins at the front of the store for deals.
I say “0.99” in quotes because items can reach up to $7. The bins are usually full of wrapping paper, notepads, pens, magnets, and seasonal decor.
Items in the bin are sold throughout the store at the same price. Michaels rounds up a bunch of low-priced items and puts them in the front of the store. For example, I found tacky glue for $1.99 in the bins. It was the same price in the craft section toward the back of the store.
19. Aim for at least 50% savings in the floral department.
Never buy anything full price from the floral department, because you can always get 40-70% off, depending when you shop. Items in the floral department are on sale at least one week out of the month, except for October. If you can wait for the months with 50% off or more, that’s ideal!
January: 40% off floral
February: 70% off spring floral
March: 40% off floral
April: 60% off floral stems
May: 50% off floral
June: 50% off floral
July: 70% off floral
August: 40% off fall floral
September: 40% off fall floral
November: 50% off Christmas floral
December: 50% off Christmas floral
20. Teachers, military and seniors get a 10-15% discount at Michaels.
Heads up though — you can’t combine a coupon with these discounts! And regular coupon exclusions apply.
So, the key here is to only use your Michaels teacher discount when you’d save more than you would using a coupon, as these discounts are for entire purchases, rather than just one item.
Teachers and seniors, sign up for Michaels Rewards and verify your educator ID (or age) online before you get to the register.
Military personnel, show your military ID at the register. The military discount is available for active-duty military, veterans and spouses.
Teacher discount: 15% on classroom-related items
Military discount: 15% on your entire purchase every day
Senior discount: 10% on your entire purchase every day (65 years and older)
21. Use Raise.com to get a Michaels gift card up to 11% savings.
A discounted gift card isn’t a coupon, it’s a form of payment so it stacks with a coupon or a sale.
Sometimes people receive gift cards they know they won’t use, so they sell them to Raise and Raise turns around and sells them to people like us, who want them. But the best part is Raise sells the gift cards for less than their face value. So you might pay $89 for a $100 gift card!
22. Planning a wedding? Buy in bulk at Michaels and save up to 50%.
23. Sign up for free kids’ events over Zoom.
Kids can make everything from friendship bracelets to seasonal wreaths during Michaels free events for kids. Events last two hours and run during the week in the evenings or on Saturdays in the morning. Due to COVID-19, all classes have been moved to Zoom. Find out how to join a free Zoom class at Michaels.com.
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24. Get free crochet and knitting patterns.
Michaels offers free knitting and crocheting patterns throughout the yarn department so you can make pieces like scarves, blankets and more.
Patterns are for beginning projects, so just tear one off the hanging pad shamelessly — they’re completely free.
25. Michaels return policy allows returns for up to six months, but no exchanges.
On its face, Michaels return policy seems straightforward. You have 180 days (six months) to return an item to the store if you have the receipt and the item is in new and unused condition. That means the packaging is all in-tact and you didn’t open the item at all.
Without a receipt, the store will try to find your receipt information by looking it up in their database using your Michaels Rewards account or the credit card you used. You will receive your return in the form of store credit for the lowest selling price of the item over the past 90 days. Your item still has to be in brand-new condition.
Here’s the sticky part — Michaels does not offer exchanges at all. If you want to bring something in and want to get a different color or otherwise make an exchange, they will require you to return the item and repurchase it. You can only apply coupons valid on that day, so whatever discount, sale or coupon you used when you first bought the item won’t be valid. You could end up rebuying your item at full price.
As such, make sure you love what you buy and if you’re not certain, don’t remove tags or lose receipts!
26. Michaels employees get a 30% discount, plus you can use a coupon.
You can use your Michaels employee discount on sales and events, just not on clearance items. And you can use a coupon with your employee discount. The coupon is still subject to regular coupon exclusions.
27. Sunday is the best day of the week to shop.
Weekly sales start on Sunday, and since Michaels doesn’t give rain checks on sale items, you should hit the store on the day new markdowns happen in order to be sure you get the best selection.