If you’re addicted to home decor and all things DIY crafting…. you probably already shop at Hobby Lobby. They’re always putting something on sale, but it’s pretty tricky to keep up with if you don’t have the inside scoop! I actually worked there during college so I want to share my best tips with you, some easy ways to save and make shopping at Hobby Lobby more affordable.
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Ways to Save at Hobby Lobby
1. You Should Never Pay Full Price!
This one seems simple enough. Go to the website and in the top right hand corner there will always be a 40% OFF coupon to be used on any single regular price item. Go ahead and print it out, or show the coupon at checkout time from your smart phone.
Only 1 coupon per person, per day.
Did you know that you can also swap out discounts? If the 40% off coupon is a better deal than something’s sale price use your 40% off coupon INSTEAD of whatever sale is on. They will ring it up at full price instead of the sales price and then apply your 40% off coupon!
This same 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon is honored at several competitor’s stores as well, like— Michael’s & Joann Fabrics.
UPDATE: HOBBY LOBBY DISCONTINUED THEIR 40% OFF COUPON.
2. Use My Hobby Lobby Sale Schedule Cheatsheet
Did you know that Hobby Lobby rotates it’s sale items on a set schedule? This is a game changer! In order to keep on top of all of the sales; I’m sharing with you my Hobby Lobby Sale Schedule Cheatsheet through the link below.
This is a high resolution pdf file for you to download and keep handy of an at-a-glance cheat sheet of Hobby Lobby’s weekly sales schedule. You can also download it and take a screenshot to save on your phone for easy reference. Enjoy!
Some of their items are on sale all of the time, while others go through a predictable rotation.
ALWAYS on Sale:
- Trees & Plants
- some Fabric
- Frames & Posters
Every Other Week:
- Yarn & Needlepoint
- Craft Kits, Art Supplies
- Jewelry Kits
- Floral Stems
- Baskets and Boxes
- Ribbon and Tulle
- Metal, Wood, Ceramic and Resin Decor
3 Weeks Out of Every 4:
- Candle Holders
- Rugs and Wall Decor
2 Weeks Out of Every 3:
- Jewelry Making Supplies
- Canvas 2-Pks
Once Every 4 Weeks:
- Home Decor
- Paper Crafting and Stationary
- Select Fabric
- Men’s Decor
- Scrapbooking Supplies
Sadly, some items never go on sale; including candy and cake making supplies, gift wrap, party supplies, bakeware and Cricut products. (Occasionally, you will find party supplies and gift wrap in the clearance section!)
If you’re ever in doubt, you can see the official Hobby Lobby Sale Ad for the current week here.
3 . Try Price Matching
Just like other stores will honor Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon, Hobby Lobby will price match their competitors, too!
- Items must be like for like exactly
- The competitor’s physical ad is required
- No additional coupons are allowed
4. Slightly Damaged Items = Bigger SAVINGS
Have you ever found something you love with a little chip on it or maybe it’s damaged in some way? If you ask the cashier for a damage discount they will typically take an extra 10% – 15% OFF the item, which can make the damage seem inconsequential!
5. Rain checks for Sold Out Items
When an item you want is out of stock, always ask for a rain check. If it was on sale but sold out, Hobby Lobby will honor the price on your rain check when it’s back in stock.
I know from working at Hobby Lobby that there is no extra stock hiding in the back store room. Everything they get in goes right to the shelves, so what you see is what they have available!
6. Check out the Clearance Section
Getting a great deal is one of the addicting factors of shopping! Did you know that you can often find items at up to 90% OFF? Yes, you read that correctly. After each holiday, Hobby Lobby marks down seasonal items so you can be sure to stock up! I love to seek out neutral pieces of decor that happen to be marked down simply because they were part of a particular holiday!
Typical mark downs start at 50% OFF right before the holiday arrives, then it will go methodically down to 66%, 80% and finally 90%.
Some of the best clearance deals can be found right after Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Really directly after any of the holidays you will find good deals!
Speaking of holidays… Did you miss my Easter Tour of Hobby Lobby Decor? You can still catch it HERE
7. Oops! It’s on Sale Now, Will Hobby Lobby Adjust the Price?
Additionally, did you know that if you purchase an item at full price – but find out the next week it went on sale – Hobby Lobby will honor the sale price? Return with your receipt and the item you purchased prior for a price adjustment up to 14 days after your original purchase! (Understandably, this is only for weekly sales and does not apply to clearance items)
I’d love to hear your favorite ways to save at Hobby Lobby – and what you’re addicted to buying there! Please let me know in the comments below.
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