17 Ways to Save at Michaels

Here are some crafty ways to save. (See what we did there?)

For the artist in all of us, Michaels is a craft-lover’s dream. While you’re bound to find great deals at the store already, there are still other ways to save even more cash when you shop.

Here are 17 ways to save at Michaels.

1. Visit the Website

Coupons abound directly on the home page of Michaels.com, so be sure to make that your first stop when a trip to the crafting superstore in is order.

2. Use the Store Locator

To find even more coupons usable at your local Michaels, visit the Coupons section of Michaels.com and input your zip code for up-to-date coupon offers at the stores nearest you.

3. Join the Michaels Rewards Program

If you haven’t already, signing up for the Michaels Rewards program will provide you with members-only offers directly to your inbox, as well as access to events, receipt-free returns and early alerts for sales.

4. Check Out the Weekly Ad

Search through Michaels weekly ad online for more deals that are usually good only through the week.

5. Take a Class

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family? Heading over to a crafting class at Michaels is bound to be a lot cheaper than anything else you’ll find. Check out the Classes & Events page to find an activity that everyone will love. Prices generally range from a couple dollars to the cost of your canvas, whatever that may be (as in you buy the birdhouse, supplies to decorate it are free).

6. Go Get Your Mail

You’re likely to find more Michaels coupons in your newspaper or in direct mailers, especially if you’ve given your address either in-store or at Michaels.com.

7. Search for Competitor Coupons

Don’t limit your coupon search to just Michaels coupons (although you’re sure to find plenty of those). The store also accepts competitor coupons from places like Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc. Some restrictions apply, so be sure to check with the store.

8. Get More With Online Searches

Check out sites like Groupon, Coupon Cabin and Coupon Sherpa to scoop up any additional coupons you may have missed, or promo codes for online deals.

9. Bring in Multiple Coupons

Once you’ve found all your coupons, be sure to bring in as many as you can. The store limits you to one coupon of each type per day, but you can still use multiple different coupons on any given day. You can find the full coupon policy here.

10. Use a Rewards Credit Card

Get a little kickback on your crafting by using a rewards credit card at Michaels. Just don’t overcharge. Too much credit card debt can damage your credit scores. You can see where you stand by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.

11. Follow Them on Facebook for Flash Sales

Be sure to follow Michael’s Facebook page to catch all coupon and sales deals, but especially ones that they share about last-minute discounts that are good for only one day or a couple days. (Follow them on Twitter to catch deals, as well!)

12. Do a Little Investigating

As stated on Michaels site, the company “will match any competitor’s advertised price on items identical in brand and size. Advertised product must be currently valid and not expired. Competitors allowed to match include AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann’s.”

13. Shop the Front Aisle

As soon as you enter your local Michaels store you’re bound to pass an aisle of discounted items. While it might take some digging, you’ll often find some good items in there at rock-bottom prices, especially if you’re looking for craft ideas to keep curious kids busy or seasonal items for a season that just passed.

14. Take Advantage of Additional Discounts if You Can

Be sure to check out the discounts section of the site to see if you qualify for additional savings. For example, seniors, teachers and military servicemen and women all qualify.

15. Sign Up for Mobile Alerts

Get mobile text alerts from Michaels regarding coupons and extra deals by texting JOIN2 to CREATE (273283). Message and data rates will apply.

16. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Check out Gift Card Granny (and other similar sites) to purchase Michaels gift cards at a discounted price.

17. Read the Bottom of Your Coupon

Michaels often offers additional ways to save that will be advertised on the bottom of your printed receipt, like coupons to complete a survey online, for example.

Want more brand hacks? We’ve got you covered. You can find 13 ways to save at Shutterfly here and 19 ways to save at Target here

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12 Ways to Save at The Container Store

We've got 12 ways fans of bins, baskets and bathroom storage goods can lower their receipt tallies.

The Container Store is the place for organization-lovers to shop for all their bins, baskets and bathroom storage goods. The problem with The Container Store, however, is that once you start shopping there, it can be hard to stop. After all, who’s going to pass up the perfect laundry room drying rack or a garbage odor eliminator? I know I couldn’t.

To help you scale back on what you spend here, try some of these cost-cutting options on for size. Here are 12 ways to save at The Container Store.

1. Shop the Sales

Container Store sales are no joke. Check out the sales section online or in the store (generally at the very front, although that will vary by location) for discounts on hundreds of items.

2. The Elfa Sale Is Worth the Wait

Besides the hundreds of regular items available in the sales section every day, The Container store usually has two big yearly sales on its main brand — elfa — and they’re worth checking out. One usually begins after Christmas and runs through some time in February, and another usually takes place in late summer or early fall (though certain elfa items may be excluded during that one). Be sure to check the site frequently for updates.

3. Search for ‘Spend More, Save More’ Options

Every now and then The Container Store will offer extra savings when you spend a certain amount of money on a particular brand. For example, at the time this article was being written, customers could receive 25% off when they spent between $200 and $349 on InterMetro & Metro shelving, 30% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases between $350 and $499, and 35% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases of $500 or more. Check online or ask a sales associate for any current deals.

4. Join the POP! Perks Program

Enter your information to become a POP! Perks member and you’ll get $15 in POP! Perks, invitations to exclusive events and sweepstakes, a birthday gift and more.

5. Use a Rewards Credit Card

There is a The Container Store credit card, but it’s big draw is special financing deals (0% interest on purchases for 12 or 24 months if you spend $500 or more and $3000 or more, respectively), but you’ll only skip the interest if you pay any balance off in full by the time that period expires — and the card’s go-to APR is pretty high (a variable 29.99%). Plus, there are no rewards for cardholders so, while in-store financing can certainly be convenient, you’d likely save more by charging purchases you can pay off in full to a rewards credit card and redeeming those points, miles or cash back down the line.

You can find a list of the best credit cards for shopping right here. (Just be sure to check your credit before applying. You can view two free credit scores on Credit.com.)

6. Make the Most of Free Services

Be sure to check your local Container Store for any in-store events they might be offering, and make the most of their free elfa customized design solution offers with trained design experts as well.

7. Read its Blog

While we’re on the subject of free services, it doesn’t hurt to check out The Container Store blog either, which is loaded with craft tips on staying organized. You could spend a ton hiring a personal organizer to help you figure out how to organize that pantry, or you could read one blog post on the topic and do it yourself.

8. Skip the Shipping Fee

Shipping is free on orders of $75 and more on the site, but why not choose the products you want and schedule your own pickup time at one of the store locations for free? Use The Container Store drive up and pickup service and someone will even bring your order out to your car for you.

9. Use Your Teacher Discount

The Container Store currently offers an Organized Teacher program with special discounts throughout the year to help educators organize their classrooms. (Per its website, the program is set to end December 31, 2017.)

10. Search for Coupons Online

Check sites like Groupon, Retail Me Not and Coupons.com for promo codes you can use with your purchase, and do a general Google search to see what you find, as well.

11. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Use sites like Gift Card Granny and Cardpool.com to purchase gift cards for The Container Store at a discounted price.

12. Follow The Container Store on Social Media

Catch all the latest promotions and sales by following the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Want more hacks for your favorite brands? We’ve got 17 ways to save at Lowe’s right here. And, if there’s a retailer you’d like to see us tackle, shout it out in the comments section below!

Note: It’s important to remember that prices for products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with the company directly.

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