Monday, March 17, 2014

Crafting and Couponing

It seems like as we start inching closer to August, I’m spending more and more time at the craft stores in my area.  In fact, I ‘m pretty sure last week I saw the one cashier at JoAnn’s – shout out to Ashley! – more than I saw Dude! 

And as any good wedding DIY-er knows, you never leave home without a coupon! 

A few weeks ago, my entire world was rocked when I found out you can use more than one coupon in a transaction at JoAnn’s (thanks again Ashley!).  Since then, I’ve been researching coupon policies and emailing the stores in my area to see what coupons they’ll take and what they won’t. 

Since I was rounding up all this information, I figured why not put it all into one easy to reference post and hopefully help other brides (or crafters!) save money and headaches. 

Please note that I’ve only had in-person experience with the craft store trifecta:  JoAnn’s, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  I researched Pat Catan’s and A.C. Moore to make this post more well rounded and because I know both have locations in PA; but since we don’t have either of those stores in our area, I can’t say for sure the policies I’ve found are enforced.


Doeblerghini Bunch:  JoAnn Fabric's Logo 
Alright, we’re starting off with my favorite crafting store and the one with the most generous coupon policy. 

Competitor’s Coupons
Yes - Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s

Multiple Coupons
Yes - One coupon per item in the transaction – this means that if you have a 20% of your entire purchase, it will only apply to items that do not already have a coupon applied to them. 

Each coupon’s barcode must be different.  This isn’t too hard, the paper coupons typically have a different barcode than the ones through the app, which are different than the ones available online or via text.

Exclusions
Will only accept competitor’s coupons for items they sell.  Meaning you couldn’t buy fabric at Joann’s and use a Michael’s coupon on it since Michael’s doesn’t sell fabric.

Coupons typically do not apply to any merchandise on sale

Price Matching
Will price match from a current competitor’s ad if they stock the exact same item


Doeblerghini Bunch:  Michael's Logo
Competitor’s Coupons
Yes - all competitors’ coupons (A.C. Moore, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, etc.)

Multiple Coupons
One coupon type per day

Can stack coupons as long as they are different.  For example, you could use a 20% off a single item Michael’s coupon and a 40% off single item Michael’s coupon in the same transaction as long as you have at least two items.

Each coupon’s barcode must be unique

Exclusions
Will not accept competitor’s coupons for a percentage off your entire purchase

Coupons do not typically apply to any merchandise on sale

Price Matching
Will price match from a current competitor’s ad if they stock the exact same item
 


Doeblerghini Bunch:  AC Moore's Logo

A.C. Moore  (No coupon policy posted online - call your local store before heading out!)
Competitor’s Coupons
Yes - Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, Michael’s

Multiple Coupons
No - only one coupon per transaction

Exclusions
Will only accept one store’s coupon per day (for example, even if you break up your purchase into more than one transaction, you cannot use 2 A.C. Moore/JoAnn’s/etc. coupons in a single day)

Will not accept competitor’s coupons for a percentage off your entire purchase

Price Matching
Will price match from a current competitor’s ad if they stock the exact same item


Doeblerghini Bunch:  Hobby Lobby Logo 
Competitor’s Coupons
No

Multiple Coupons
No - one coupon per transaction per day

Exclusions
Coupons do not typically apply to sale merchandise

Price Matching
Will price match from a current competitor’s ad if they stock the exact same item
 


Doeblerghini Bunch:  Pat Catan's Logo

Pat Catan’s (They also do not have a coupon policy posted online – call ahead to your store)
Competitor’s Coupons
No

Multiple Coupons
No official policy, but they do not typically offer coupons and they don’t accept competitor’s so this situation actually being applicable is doubtful

Exclusions
See above

Price Matching
Will price match from a current competitor’s ad if they stock the exact same item

 
iPhone Apps
Download these so you’ll never have one of those “I forgot my freaking coupon at home!” moments!
Hobby Lobby
Joann’s
Michael’s
A.C. Moore

Android Apps
Hobby Lobby
JoAnn’s
Michael’s

 

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