When it comes to Hobby Lobby, I have a slight obsession… I love that store and can spend hours in there! In fact, many of the items in my home were purchased at Hobby Lobby during a sale or using a coupon (wall decor, artificial plants & flowers, baskets, even the artificial Christmas Tree we got last year).
If you also love shopping at Hobby Lobby and are looking for ways to get the most bang for your buck, be sure to check out these money-saving secrets before stepping foot inside their door.
1.) Don’t Shop without Your 40% Off Coupon
Never, never, never pay full price! Hobby Lobby always offers coupons for 40% off ONE regular priced item, valid in-store or you can apply the code online. To easily find the coupon, you can print it from their website or pull it up on the Hobby Lobby Mobile App and show it to the cashier at checkout.
Plus, if you’re planning to purchase multiple regular-priced items, consider printing off a couple coupons and bringing your husband or family member along with you – the coupon is limited to one per customer per day. That means you can shop there every single day with a 40% off coupon if you want!
Keep in mind that the 40% off coupon always excludes Heidi Swapp Minc. Foil Applicator, CRICUT products, Gemini Machine Crafters Companion, Silhouette CAMEO Machine, candy & snack products, gum & mints, helium tanks, gift cards, custom orders, special orders, labor, rentals or class fees.
2.) Check Out the 50% Off Weekly Sales
Every week there are new sales throughout the store, anywhere from 30-50% off. To see what’s on sale for 50% off that week, look for the ads at the front of the store, in newspaper circulars, on the website and/or on the Hobby Lobby Mobile App. The various departments have a rotating schedule… keep reading.
Select categories in the Home Accents, Framing and Floral departments go on sale 50% off every other week so if you miss a sale, it will happen again soon. When it comes to the other department sales, they generally rotate every 2-4 weeks. The Cards & Party and Hobbies departments never go on sale.
For instance, notice that the Home Decor categories on sale in the April 3-8 ad scan and the categories in the April 17-22 ad scan are the exact same but change in between, meaning a 2-week rotation. This is also true of the Floral and Framing departments, which means these departments are often 50% off. According to Hobby Lobby, sign up for their weekly email to learn about sales as early as possible!
3.) Use a 40% off Coupon Instead of a 30% Off Sale
According to a customer service representative, she told me that you can’t use a 40% off coupon on a sale item, but you can use it instead of a sale price! So if an item in the weekly ad is on sale 30% off (i.e furniture or fabric that is always on sale 30% off), you can ask a cashier to void the sale price and ring it up at full price. Then hand over a 40% off coupon and you’ll have saved yourself an additional 10%.
4.) Save BIG on Fabric Purchases
Fabric is always 30% off, but the best part about buying fabric is you can follow tip #3 above to get 40% off your purchase AND the coupon actually is valid for a single cut of fabric, up to 10 yards!
That means if you order 10 yards of a single fabric, the entire amount will be discounted 40% off. But if you order over 10 yards, the first 10 yards will be discounted, and the remainder will be full price.
Remember – since you can use one 40% off coupon per person per day, consider making multiple trips or taking a few people with you until you have all the fabric you need for your project.
5.) Head to the Clearance Aisle FIRST
The first place you should head to when stepping foot inside the store is the famous Clearance Aisle. You’ll find many discontinued and/or possibly damaged items with discounts up to 90% off or more! Items that are discontinued usually start off at 40% off whereas damaged items can be 50-90% off.
Depending on your store, they will go through the clearance aisle every 6-8 weeks and mark everything currently on the wall an additional 40% off whatever the current price is… Big savings!
6.) Know When to Shop for Seasonal Items
When the seasonal items hit the shelves at Hobby Lobby, it isn’t long before they go on sale. The major seasonal items (i.e. Spring, Summer, Easter, Fall & Christmas) start at 40% off and usually stay there until it gets very close to the holiday, with the exception of candy items which don’t go on sale.
BUT, as the holiday draws closer, the discount will reach up to 50% off – with the exception of select items in the Christmas department, which usually reach 66% off several days before Christmas. After the holiday is over, these seasonal items go on clearance from 66%, to 80%, and then eventually a whopping 90% off. Note that candy items only go on sale whenever they hit these clearance aisles.
For other minor holidays (including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween), these items start on sale at 30% off and sometimes don’t go any cheaper until after the holiday. If you’re planning to purchase these items before the holiday, it’s best to use a 40% off coupon instead of the 30% off sale.
To get the most bang for your buck, plan to purchase holiday items for the next holiday season AFTER they’ve gone on clearance (yep, that means possibly buying Easter items in June!).
7.) Shop the 90% Off Home Accents Clearance Events
Twice a year, Hobby Lobby marks down their home accents items, starting at 50-66% off and eventually reaching 90% off. Usually the first sale starts after Christmas and reaches 90% off around February and the second sale starts around Mother’s Day and reaches 80-90% off in late June or July.
8.) Ask for Discounts on Damaged Items
If you find an item that is slightly damaged, you may be able to ask for an additional 10-15% off discount. Keep in mind that damaged items on the clearance wall are usually priced low because of the damage, but if you find an item that’s not properly marked, you can kindly ask for a discount.
9.) Keep Your Receipts for Price Adjustments
Hobby Lobby does have a 14 day price adjustment policy, so if you purchase an item and then it goes on sale within 2 weeks after your purchase, you can get an adjustment. BUT, you will need to return to the store WITH the item and the receipt within 14 days of the purchase to receive the adjustment.
Not satisfied with your purchase? With a receipt, Hobby Lobby will gladly exchange the merchandise, give a store credit. or issue a refund within 90 days of purchase, based on original method of payment. Even without a receipt, you’ll get a store credit on the lowest selling price in the last 60 days.
10.) Don’t Shop on Truck Delivery Day
Each store gets one truck per week, so be sure to contact your local store to confirm what day they their trucks come in. You may be tempted to shop on this day to see what new goodies hit the shelves, but keep in mind that the store will be crowded with boxes and loaded carts, and the employees will be in a rush trying to get the inventory on the shelves in a timely manner.
Although this will vary by location, rumor has it that Saturdays are generally the busiest day to shop, then Fridays, and lastly Monday morning is usually the next busiest day. Tuesday is calling my name!
11.) Browse the Competitor’s Ads First
Hobby Lobby does honor competitors’ ads in-store only if a specific price is listed in the ad and if they stock the exact same item (excluding Holiday door buster ads, Cricut, Silhouette, Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Simplicity & McCall’s patterns, clearance, and closeout items).
However, they don’t honor competitors’ percent off ads/coupons and you cannot use a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon with a price match, so be sure to do the math so that you’re getting the best price.
12.) Create a FREE Account & Wish List
If you find items that you’d love to receive as a gift for Christmas, wedding, birthday or special occasion, be sure to create a FREE Hobby Lobby account and add items to your wish list. You can then easily share your wish list with family and friends via email. Plus, by signing up for an account, you’ll be the first to receive your Weekly Ad, special promotions, coupons, fun project ideas and store news.
13.) Charitable Organizations Get Extra 10% Off
If you work for a school, church, or national charitable organization and are interested in purchasing items in bulk (i.e. – T-shirts, crafts, etc), you may be interested to know that Hobby Lobby gives a 10% in-store discount for your entire purchase made with an organizational check or credit card – including sale items! Be sure to contact your local store manager in regard to obtaining this discount.
14.) Earn Points with the Rewards VISA Credit Card
If you shop at Hobby Lobby regularly, you may consider opening up a Hobby Lobby Rewards VISA Credit Card. With their VISA Credit Card, you’ll earn 5 points for every $1 spent in-store or online (that’s essentially 5%!) and 1 point for every $1 spent on groceries, gas and anything else where Visa is accepted.
Even better, after activating your new account, you’ll earn a one-time 1,000 point bonus whenever you make a purchase with your VISA card within 90 days of your account opening. Every 2,500 points you earn will automatically be redeemed for a $25 Hobby Lobby Rewards Card and will be sent to you by mail, so you’ll almost be halfway there just for opening up an account!
Although you won’t have to pay a security deposit or an application processing fee in order to open an account, this card does charge an annual fee based on your credit history ($0 for excellent or $29 for other). Be sure to pay off your statement in full to avoid the 13.74% – 24.74% APR.
15.) Consider Working Where You Love
If you’re looking to earn a little spending money to shop at Hobby Lobby, you may consider applying for a full or part-time job doing what you love! In addition to not having to work on Sundays and stores closing at 8PM, employees get an extra 15% discount on top of all sales, clearance and coupons!
And, did you know that Hobby Lobby pays their full-time employees more than double the national minimum wage rate of $7.25/hour? Hobby Lobby recently announced that effective April 15th, 2017, the minimum wage for hourly and full-time employees will be raised to at least $15.70 per hour and will go up to $10.45 per hour for part-time employees. Not too shabby if you ask me!
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.