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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 thing since March 2020.
Michaels coupon exclusions apply to coupons unless otherwise stated — like sale items, custom framing, Cricut items, and more. Coupons are available in the Michaels app or you can find the promo codes at Michaels.com.
3. Michaels’ 40% off coupon may make 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 recently received a mailer with a couple of coupons for 40% off any one regular-price item. 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. I’ve only seen entire purchase coupons in the mail. If you see one, go ahead and stack!
4. Use your Michaels 20% off coupon with a coupon like “40% off Washi Tape,” in one transaction, but you can’t stack the two.
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 price purchases.” 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 the 20% off coupon on the Washi Tape offer to get 60% off (I wish!).
You need to buy at least one regular-priced item in your transaction with the Washi Tape. Your 40% off coupon will apply to the Washi Tape and the 20% off coupon will apply to all other regular-priced items in your purchase.
5. Sign up for Michaels Rewards to earn $5 vouchers.
Michaels has a new loyalty program called Michaels Rewards. It’s unlike other store loyalty programs because you don’t earn points on every dollar you spend. Instead, you’ll earn rewards when you buy certain promotional items. Sometimes the promotion isn’t specific to a certain product. You’ll just see 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 day.
Michaels will email your $5 Rewards Voucher anytime you earn one. 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 the first to know about upcoming sales.
TIP: Sign up for Michaels emails and get a 15% off coupon too!
6. You can stack a Michaels 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.
7. Use Michaels curbside pickup (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. When your order is ready, 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. Then, a Michaels associate will bring your items out to your car.
Michaels curbside pickup is only available until 6 p.m., so if you show up after that, you’ll need to go into the store to grab your items at the regular pickup location. Just find an associate and show them your email confirmation to get your items.
When you’re shopping on Michaels.com, look for “Store Pickup” next to your item. This means the item is eligible for curbside pickup.
TIP: If you place your order before 3 p.m, you will probably be able to pick up your purchase that same day.
8. Or pay $7.99 – $9.99 for Michaels same-day delivery.
Also new is Michaels same-day delivery, which is available at select Michaels locations. You must place your order before 1 p.m. to get your items delivered that same day. Any orders after 1 p.m. will get delivered the next day.
It’ll cost you $9.99 for same-day delivery on orders up to $100, and $7.99 for orders over $100.
9. Download the Michaels app to always have the Michaels weekly ad on hand.
The Michaels weekly ad is organized by department and highlights the current deals in each department at a glance. The easiest way to check out the weekly ad is in the Michaels app (iOS / Android).
When you view the weekly ad in the app, you can tap a category like “Art Supplies” to see a list of all the deals available for that department. Plus, when you tap “Coupons” in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll get to see all the coupons available that day.
10. 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 ribbons, 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, florals, 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: 60% off Halloween decor
Holiday Home Event: 50% off Christmas decor, Christmas floral, Christmas ribbon, garland, lanterns, and baskets
11. Don’t miss Michaels Black Friday deals — you can get a 7-foot artificial tree for less than $50!
The crown jewel of Michaels Black Friday sale is 60% off artificial Christmas trees. Best part? You don’t even 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 machines ($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 discount for Cricut, this is the deepest discount we’ve seen. It’s offered during Black Friday week and again in January during the Organization Event.
12. Stock up on craft organization and supplies during Michaels Back-to-School sale.
The back-to-school offers at Michaels are more geared toward teachers than parents, this is a prime time to take advantage of the Michaels 10% price match. When you find school supplies cheaper somewhere else, (which you will) just ask Michaels to beat the price by 10%.
13. Watch for sealed $5 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, look for Grab Bags full of summer toys like bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
These Grab Bags are not guaranteed 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 the $5 you paid for the box!
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14. 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.
15. 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.
The day after Christmas, Michaels marks down Christmas clearance in stores and online for 60% – 80% off. But by mid-to-late January, Michaels Christmas clearance hits 90% off, and that’s where the best deals are.
In addition to $5 Grab Bags filled with holiday items, look for gift wrap, ornaments, and more for under $1 at Michaels.
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16. Buy clearance toys from Michaels 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. This will tell you if they’re actually cheaper than the list price.
This is how we stumbled upon clearance toys for up to 90% off as the store was trying to offload leftover Christmas items. These savings make toys one of the best things to buy at Michaels!
17. Check the “$0.99” bins at the front of the store for killer deals.
I say “0.99” in quotes because items can reach up to $7. But 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.
18. 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 on 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
19. 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)
20. 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!
21. Planning a wedding? Buy in bulk at Michaels and save up to 50%.
Shop Michaels Buy in Bulk to find mason jars, frames, candles and more.
22. 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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23. 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.
24. 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!
25. 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.
26. 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.