15 Tips for Shopping and Saving BIG at Hobby Lobby
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Decorate your home on a budget at Hobby Lobby!
Hobby Lobby offers an assortment of wall decor, organization items, kitchen items, and much more – all at affordable prices. We’re sharing are our top tips for shopping and saving BIG at Hobby Lobby so you can get the most bang for your buck! Hint: don’t ever, ever, ever shop without a Hobby Lobby coupon in tow!
1. Don’t shop Hobby Lobby 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 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 day with a 40% off coupon if you want!
NOTE: The 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. Shop the clearance aisles first.
The first place you should head 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’ll mark down the clearance aisle wall every 6-8 weeks an additional 40% off the current price. Big savings!
3. Then, 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 a 2-week rotation. If you miss a sale, it’ll 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.
4. Apply a coupon instead of a sale.
A Hobby Lobby customer service representative told me that while you can’t use a 40% off coupon on a sale item, you can use it with a sale price!
So, if an item in the weekly ad is on sale for 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%.
5. 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!
6. Browse the competitor’s 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/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.
7. 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 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 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.
8. 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 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. 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 nears (with the exception of candy items which don’t go on sale).
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.
10. Shop during Home Accents clearance events.
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.
11. 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!
12. 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.
13. Save 10% 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 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? 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!
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