I like to think of myself as crafty. As many of you crafty people know, Michaels is the Holy Grail for everything crafty. I could spend hours just going up and down the aisles looking at all the little gadgets and supplies. Unfortunately, all those little items can be pricy and they add up in a hurry. Since I’m always looking to save money, I’ve come up with a strategy to get the most for my money.
First of all, I try to plan any project out at least two weeks in advance. (You’ll see why in a minute.) Then I cozy up to any non-crafty family or friends who get the Sunday Democrat & Chronicle. Just about every Sunday there is a Michaels flyer with a 40% off coupon that can be used on a single non-sale item in the store. (If it’s a holiday weekend like Labor Day or Thanksgiving there will most likely be a 50% coupon which is even better.) I gather all of my coupons and drag my very understanding boyfriend around town to the 3-4 different Michaels in Rochester. (If I promise him lunch afterword, he’s usually okay with it!) Each of us pick up one item and use a 40% or 50% off coupon. If I still haven’t gotten all of the supplies I need, not to worry.
Four months now, every time I’ve made a purchase at Michaels, I’ve gotten a 40% off coupon that prints out with my receipt. The only catch is that it is only good for the next week. Usually this works out fine for me -- I will do my first shopping trip on a Saturday and then use the coupon on Sunday which is the start of the new week.
Now this may sound like a lot of hassle, but saving 40%-50% is worth it to me and I expect that it might be to a lot of you too! Organize your Michaels outing on your normal shopping day and save gas money! Happy Crafting!