15 Hobby Lobby Savings Secrets You Must Know to Save BIG
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Updated July 22, 2019
When it comes to Hobby Lobby, I have a slight obsession… I love that store and can spend hours perusing their beautifully decorated aisles! In fact, I rarely walk out of the store without making a purchase, especially during a clearance event or when I have a 40% off coupon in tow!
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 a 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 of coupons and bringing your spouse or a family member along with you. The coupon is limited to one per customer per day. That means you can shop there every day with a 40% off coupon if you want!
Keep in mind that the 40% off coupon always excludes CRICUT products, candy & snack products, gum & mints, gift cards, custom orders, labor, rentals, class fees, or items labeled “Your Price.”
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.
If you miss a sale, don’t worry – it will happen again soon! While the Cards & Party and Hobbies departments rarely go on sale, most other departments generally rotate every 2-4 weeks. Sign up for Hobby Lobby’s weekly email to learn about their sales as early as possible!
3. Apply a coupon instead of a sale.
Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupons are not good on sale items. However, in the past, they’ve allowed customers to use their coupon instead of a sale price. According to our recent conversation with a customer service representative, Hobby Lobby will still allow you to do this across every category except furniture.
If an item in the weekly ad is on sale for 30% off, you can ask a cashier to void the sale price and ring it up at the full price. Then hand over a 40% off coupon and you’ll have saved yourself an additional 10%!
Hip Tip: Be sure to check with your local Hobby Lobby to make sure they’re honoring this practice, as we hear that not every store is doing so.
4. Save BIG on fabric purchases.
Certain fabrics are always 30% off at Hobby Lobby, and the best part about buying fabric is that you can follow tip #3 above to get 40% off your purchase – AND the coupon is actually 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 at 40% off. If you order over 10 yards, only 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 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. The exception is the Christmas department, where select items will 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 during 90% off Home Accents 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. 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 politely 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 two 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 the 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 which day they receive their truck deliveries. 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, then Monday mornings. Tuesday is calling my name!
11. Browse the competitor’s ads first.
Hobby Lobby does honor competitors’ ads in-store, but only if a specific price is listed in the ad and if they stock the exact same item (excluding Holiday doorbuster 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. Be sure to do the math to make sure 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, create a FREE Hobby Lobby account and add items to your wish list. You can then easily share your list with family and friends via email. Plus, by signing up for an account, you’ll be the first to receive a Weekly Ad, special promotions, coupons, fun project ideas, and store news.
Hip Tip: If you know an American Girl fan who wants an authentic American Girl doll but it’s not in the budget, no worries! Hobby Lobby sells these similar Springfield Collection dolls for $21.99 (just $13.19 after using a 40% off in-store coupon)! Add these dolls to your Hobby Lobby wishlist!
13. Get an extra 10% off if you’re a charitable organization.
If you work for a school, church, or national charitable organization and are interested in purchasing items in bulk (T-shirts, crafts, etc), 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 Credit Card.
If you shop at Hobby Lobby regularly, you may want to consider opening up a Hobby Lobby Rewards VISA Credit Card. With their VISA Credit Card, you’ll earn five points for every $1 spent in-store or online (that’s essentially 5%!) and one 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 when you make a purchase with your VISA card within 90 days of opening your account. Every 2,500 points earns you a $25 Hobby Lobby Rewards Card! Although there is no annual fee associated with this credit card, be sure to pay off your statement in full to avoid the 15.24% to 26.24% APR.
15. Consider working where you love to shop.
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 8 PM, 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? Currently, the minimum wage for hourly and full-time employees is at least $15.70 per hour and $10.45 per hour for part-time employees. Not too shabby!