12 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.

Hobby Lobby clearance

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.

Hobby Lobby Clearance Wall

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!

Hip tip: To see if you’re getting a good discount and/or how many times an item has been marked down, check how many clearance stickers are stacked on top of each other.

2. Check out the 50% off weekly sales.

carved wood wall clock hobby lobby store

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.

Hobby Lobby home decor in cart

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.

Hobby Lobby Email List

Hip tip: Sign up for Hobby Lobby weekly emails to learn about sales as early as possible!

3. Don’t shop on truck delivery day.

Hobby Lobby Truck 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.

Michaels Ad Scan

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.

bolts of fabric at Hobby Lobby

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.

Hobby Lobby Furniture

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.

hobby lobby in store fall decor on sale

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.

Hobby Lobby Christmas Tins

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.

Hip Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, plan to purchase holiday items for the next holiday season AFTER they’ve gone on clearance. If you’re open to the idea of buying Easter items in June or Christmas items in January, you can save a ton of money using this approach!

8. Shop during Home Accents clearance events to get up to 90% off.

Hobby Lobby Home Decor Clearance

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.

Holiday decor at Hobby Lobby

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.

10. Keep your receipts for price adjustments.

Hobby Lobby return policy

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.

T-Shirts at Hobby Lobby

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. Consider working where you love to shop.Hobby Lobby Employment sign

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!

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 22

  1. Nikki

    Please do this for Joanns and Michael’s?

  2. HBee

    Love Hobby Lobby!

  3. Linds

    These tips are great! I love HObby lobby. Thank you so much!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Linds!

  4. Barb

    Does the Halloween stuff go up to 90 off? If so, usually when? Thanks!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! It looks like Halloween will start on sale at 30% off and then will go cheaper after the Holiday is over. Hoping you find some on clearance at your store!

  5. SavingsMama

    I always feel I can afford to donate to others when I score a 90% off clearance item🤗

  6. Michelle

    Hobby Lobby started new pricing for their fabrics today. They are actually marking ALL fabrics on sale for 40% off but, they will only have fabric on sale every other week. This should make it easier to get 40% off all your fabric purchases!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks, Michelle. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that!

  7. Judy rigney

    I love to knit plus crochet but your yarn is a little too pricey especially since Walmart has lowered their yarn down on the regular skeins

  8. LJA

    Does hobby lobby ever have a christmas sale like Michaels where items are 50% off and then certain days there is an additional 25% off the entire purchase?

  9. Ken E Manuel

    Does Hobby Lobby ever discount or put on sale “Your Price” items? I am in need a large quantity of battery operated tea lights that they sale. The “Your Price” price is higher than what I can get elsewhere, the type that they have are suitable for the project I am using it on. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Anne

      No, yellow “Your Price” items are never discounted.

  10. J. Cartier

    I went to Hobby Lobby to buy fabric this past week and was stunned when the cashier told me that their fabric was no longer 30% off all the time, so I left. When did this happen? They just lost a longtime customer.

    • Charm

      It’s now regular price but goes to 50 off every other week. When it’s not on sale just use a 40 percent coupon. It’s an even better deal to me.

  11. Mary Anderson

    I puchashed a $70.00

  12. Mary Anderson

    Purchashed a $70.00 picture.Hobby Lobby ‘K.C.Mo.Barry rd./Sales clerk & Assistant mgr.Refused to allow return merchandise. (As said .If we do not have a exact item as yr.picture no return.What!Price tag on back of picture.Hobby Lobby.Item tag.What! 👎

    • Anne

      The reason for this is because everything – EVERYTHING – in the store is assigned a number (SKU#) in an inventory system. If that item is not in the system, then Hobby Lobby can’t sell it to you. If you return an item that did not come from that specific store then there would be a product in that store for which there is no location. At the close of every day, randomly throughout the day, and ESPECIALLY on “order” days, every single item in that store is put in its proper place according to SKU#. Your item would essentially be “floating” around the store with no home. I’m an employee and I can’t imagine the frustration it would create in my store to have an item that no one could find the location for! lol It’s hard enough to memorize where every single item is located (and we must) without throwing in something that does not belong there.

  13. Susan egan

    I am so surprised that Hobby Lobby does not except military I.D. discount, when I heard it is a Christian based store. I get the discount at Michael’s and A.C. Moores.

  14. Diane

    when are they going to mark spring item 66% this 2021? Thought they would this week since 4th of july is now marked down

  15. Sharon Hankee

    I love Hobby Lobby !!!!

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