Michaels is one of my favorite places to shop. The store offers everything from home décor to baking supplies and gifts for kids. It does have it all. You can easily save at Michaels if you know where to look.
You can always use Michaels coupons when shopping. The store is very coupon friendly. I’ve never had a problem using a coupon at my local Michaels!
Inevitably at the beginning of a new holiday season, I’ll find myself heading to Michaels (I like Joanne too) and browsing the holiday decor. I’m not usually a browser. Typically if I’m heading to a store I know what I’m looking for. I get in, shop, find what I’m looking for and get out.
However, you never know what you’re going to find at Michaels, so take some time to browse each aisle. You’ll be surprised at not only what they carry, but what deals you can get!
Check out my tips below to save at Michaels.
Simple Ways to Save at Michaels
1. Use discounted gift cards
My favorite option is giftcardgranny.com. Find my review for Gift Card Granny here. Because I shop Michael’s regularly, I like to have discounted gift card on hand so I’m ready when a deal I can’t pass up arises. It varies, but I can regularly get 18-20% off at Michaels using a discounted gift card – and that’s on top of any sale prices or deals! This is an easy way to always save at Michaels.
You can find gift cards as digital cards that can be used online or physical gift cards that will be mailed to you and you can use in-store. Recently Michaels started offering a buy online, pick up in-store program which is a great way to use digital gift cards. Place your order on the web, pick up at your local store.
2. Shop the dollar bins
You can easily save at Michaels by shopping their dollar bins. While you can’t use coupons on the dollar bins, they offer a plethora of awesome items great for kids, gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. They start at $1.00 and increase to a few bucks. They are organized by price so you can quickly access the price point you are interested and snag a great deal on a value-priced item. The bins remind me a lot of the One Spot at Target.
3. Always watch for 50% off (try to not pay more)
Michaels consistently has 50% off select product categories on a rotating basis. For example, photo frames, seasonal decor, home goods, craft supplies, etc. If it’s not on sale today, it will likely be on sale next week. Plus, they regularly offer coupons off one item in-store.
4. Use store coupons available at Michael’s.com
Michael’s website is awesome for couponers as you can easily navigate straight to a “coupons” page and bring up any available coupons on your phone. Use Michaels coupons in-store to get great discounts.
40% off one item or 50% off one item is a pretty standard coupon almost any day of the week. There is no reason to pay full price, ever, at Michaels. Save using coupons every time you shop!
You can also use Michaels printable coupons if you prefer. Simply print them from the Michels.com website and use them in-store.
Alternatively, you can find Michels coupons on Retailmenot.com.
Can you use Michaels coupons on sale items?
Yes! In some cases, you can which is when you really want to stack the deals.
What you should really watch for is 20% or 25% off your purchase including sale items. These coupons are typically one day only or starting after 4 pm, so if you see one, you’ll have to act fast! You can effortlessly save on your entire Michael’s purchase using one of these coupons.
It’s a great opportunity to stack the savings and get great deals (especially if you use a discounted gift card referenced in tip #1!)
5. Use Michaels competitor coupons
Michaels accepts many competitors’ coupons, both physical and digital. You should never pay full price for anything at Michaels. Period. If there are no store coupons available, check competitor’s coupons and use their coupon at check out. I have never had a problem using a competitive coupon at Michaels and is a great way to save if the store itself does not have the coupon you are looking for.
6. Shop seasonal décor for huge savings
Michaels always has phenomenal deals on seasonal décor. Patio and pool accessories in the summer. Holiday lights and Christmas décor in the winter. Their Halloween selection and Easter selection are typically pretty robust, too. Typically around the holidays, the decor is over 50% off or more. That’s before the holiday!
Wait until after the holiday and you can find it for 70% or more off. That’s an incredible savings! Stock up on decor or party favors for next year.
7. Watch for mystery grab bags
Michales regularly offers sealed grab bags full of clearance items. Usually home decor or crafting supplies. If you’re the gambling or risk-taker type you could score a big deal for only a few dollars. Bags are usually around $2-$4 and are a fun way to score savings for a new project or craft.
8. Buy online, pick up in-store
Place your order on Michaels.com but pick up in-store. This trick has saved me hundreds with Michaels. It works really well if the items you need are in stock at a local store. Sometimes the web or app offers are even better than in-store.
When the stars align, an awesome money-saving scenario:
- Use ebates.com (now Rakuten) first, and navigate your way to Michaels.com
- Shop for items available for in-store pick-up
- Use a promo code at checkout (in many cases one is listed on the website or in the Michaels app)
- Pay using a discounted gift card (find one at giftcardgranny.com)
You not only get cashback using Ebates but have used a promo code for additional discounts AND paid with a discounted card that could have been 20% off or more! That’s the way to maximize your Michaels savings!
9. Check your Michaels receipts for additional savings
Regularly you will receive an additional coupon with your receipt for savings off your next trip. Or, you could take part in a survey and get $5 off a $15 purchase or something similar. So don’t throw that receipt away – check it out for additional savings before heading to the trash. You will be surprised the awesome Michaels coupons you can find on your receipt.
10. Extra discounts for Teachers, Military & Senior Citizens
Michaels gives 15% off your entire purchase including sale items to teachers and members of the military. Military includes immediate family. If you are 55 or older, you can take 10% off your entire purchase including sale prices every day. You can combine these discounts with other discounts for awesome savings! So if you are, or know a teacher or military member, save at Michaels by flashing your ID today!
11. Watch for Michaels custom framing coupon
If you know you want to get something professionally framed, it’s worth the time and money to hold out for a special Michaels coupon. These are coupons specifically for custom framing, which, at retail, is crazy-expensive. They offer significant discounts regularly on custom framing and you may be able to stack additional coupons on top depending on the fine print. So if it’s not urgent, get a custom quote, and then WAIT for the best deal via a Michels custom framing coupon. You should be able to score 60%-80% off a custom framing order.
12. Michaels employee discount
Michels employees receive a 30% discount. Discount can be used with sale prices but cannot be used on books or clearance merchandise. So if you’re a Michaels lover or do a lot of shopping there, consider getting a part-time job and gaining the benefit of additional discounts.
13. Michaels Events (bonus tip)
Another awesome opportunity Michaels has is their events. If you’re looking for some cheap entertainment for you and the kiddos, check out their schedule online. They offer cheap options to make small crafts or decorate t-shirts, etc. If you’re looking for a hands-on experience where you have access to all the supplies you need without the mess, consider Michaels. Click here to check out events.
Shopping and saving at Michaels truly is a no brainer. Michaels has a great selection of arts and crafts, kids toys and crafts, baking, holiday decor, and more. And while their retail prices may appear a bit high, their merchandise is either always on sale or you can get a significant discount bringing the cost down to a great deal! Find coupons on the Michaels app and use in-store, or print and bring a Michels’ coupon into the store with you. Whatever you do, don’t pay full price when shopping at Michaels!
What go-to savings tactics do you use at Michaels?