13 of the Best Ways to Save Big at Hobby Lobby
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Craft and decorate your home with these tips for shopping & saving BIG at Hobby Lobby!
Even though the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon is now just a fond memory, there are still lots of other ways you can score big savings when shopping at this popular retailer. Hobby Lobby is still a great destination for sales and clearance deals to help you save lots of money on craft supplies, home decor, organization items, and so much more!
We’re sharing our top tips for shopping and saving BIG at Hobby Lobby so you can get the most bang for your buck – no coupons needed!
1. Shop the clearance aisles first.
The first place you should head when stepping foot inside Hobby Lobby is the store’s 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 anywhere from 50% to 90% off.
Depending on your store, they’ll mark down the clearance aisle wall every 6-8 weeks an additional 40% off the current price. Big savings!
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.
Select categories in the Home Accents, Framing, and Floral departments go on sale 50% off every other week, meaning that you can watch for them to come around on a 2-week rotation. If you miss a sale, don’t worry! It will happen again soon.
When it comes to the other department sales, they generally rotate every 2-4 weeks. This is also true of the Floral and Framing departments, which means these departments are often 50% off.
3. 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!
4. Browse the competitors’ ads before shopping.
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 do NOT honor competitors’ percent off ads or coupons. Be sure to do the math to make sure you’re getting the best price.
5. Save BIG on fabric purchases.
Hobby Lobby has a nice selection of fabric, and it used to always be discounted at 30% off. Now, it’s on a rotating sale schedule like the other in-stored departments, so if you wait for a sale, you will see select fabrics priced at 40% off or sometimes even 50% off!
If you’re working on a project that requires small pieces, check your store’s fabric remnants too, which are cut and priced to sell at deep discounts. This is an excellent way to save money on small quantities of fabric, rather than buying it cut to order straight from the bolt!
6. Ask for discounts on damaged items.
If you find a furniture item that’s slightly damaged, you may be able to ask for an additional discount of 10-15% off. 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 try politely asking for a discount.
7. 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, and Christmas) start at 40% off and usually stay there until the holiday happens. Note that this pricing strategy does not apply to candy items, which don’t go on sale until they’re clearanced.
As the holiday draws closer, the discount may 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 anywhere from 66% to 80%, and then eventually up to a whopping 90% off. Note that candy items only go on sale when 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.
8. Shop during Home Accents clearance events to get up to 90% off.
Twice a year, Hobby Lobby marks down their home accents items starting at 50-66% off and eventually reaching 80-90% 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.
9. Create a FREE account & wish list.
If you find items that you’d love to receive as a gift for Christmas, a wedding, your birthday, or another 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 $19.99! Add these dolls to your Hobby Lobby wishlist!
10. Keep your receipts for price adjustments.
Hobby Lobby has 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 for the lowest selling price in the last 60 days.
11. Save 10% if you’re shopping for 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, bottled glue, 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.
12. 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. Plus, every 2,500 points earns you a $25 Hobby Lobby Rewards Card! There is no annual fee associated with this credit card, but just like any other card in your wallet, you’ll want to pay off your statement in full every month to avoid paying interest.
13. 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 8PM, employees get an extra 15% discount on top of all sales and clearance events!
And, did you know that Hobby Lobby pays their full-time employees more than double the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25/hour? Currently, the minimum wage for hourly and full-time employees is at least $17 per hour. Not too shabby!