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19 Hobby Lobby Money-Saving Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

I was late to the party but somehow managed to catch up quickly. While Hobby Lobby has now expanded to California, I’d never stepped foot into one of the more than 800 stores until moving to Colorado.

How I lived for the greater part of my life without Hobby Lobby remains a mystery. Remarkably, somehow I survived.

Hobby Lobby Store Thornton CO

Hobby Lobby is basically an arts-and-crafts heaven but also includes hobbies, picture frames and framing; jewelry making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise. And let me tell you, this company runs a tight ship.

Generally, the prices at Hobby Lobby are good. But if you know the secrets—these hacks, tips, and tricks—you’ll never pay the full price on anything at Hobby Lobby again. And you’ll routinely be saving 50% (sometimes up to 90%).

Know the Hobby Lobby Sale Schedule

Just about everything in the store goes on sale for 50% off at some time or another. Knowing how to anticipate those sales is the secret for saving big.

 

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Always on sale

  • Furniture
  • fabric
  • frames
  • posters
  • T-shirts

The foregoing items are always on sale for 30% off the marked price.

Never on sale

  • Greeting cards
  • Party supplies
  • Candy (unless clearance after the holiday)
  • Silhouette and other name brand cutting machines (some are discounted but never on sale)
  • Gift wrap
  • Cake decorating supplies

Tip: Buy greeting cards, gift wrap and bags, and party supplies at the dollar store, never at Hobby Lobby.

RELATED: 14 Things You’d Be Smart to Buy at the Dollar Store

Every other week

  • Floral
  • Ribbon and tulle
  • Frames and shadow boxes, etc.
  • Home decor and accents including candles
  • Scrapbooking

Tip: Ribbon and floral always alternate weeks. So if ribbon is on sale this week, floral will be on sale next week. Also, if framed and canvas art is on sale this week, next week it will be wood and metal home accents.

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Every three weeks

  • Brand name yarn (some kind of yarn is always on sale)
  • Art supplies
  • Crafts
  • Jewelry making supplies

Start watching and you’ll see how the sales cycle works then plan accordingly.

Watch the Weekly Ad

Advertiment for hobby lobby

You can see this on your smartphone if you use the Hobby Lobby app, check the print flyer in-store or get it your mailbox, if you sign up to get that. You should! You’ll be the smartest Hobby Lobby customer in town because in no time you’ll be an expert on the sales cycles.

 Email list for hobby lobby

 

Best Kept Secret: Tissue Paper

Tissue paper at hobby lobby

I suppose it could be categorized as gift wrap, and if so, it’s my one exception to the tip above. Buy tissue paper at Hobby Lobby. The in-store selections (online, not so much) together with the prices are fabulous—yes, that great. Use a 40% coupon to make it even greater.

Use a Coupon So You Never Pay Full Price

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40% coupon at hobby lobby

If you can’t wait for a 50% off sale, use a 40% off coupon. Every week Hobby Lobby issues a new 40% off coupon. You can get this in the store’s weekly ad flyer or on your smartphone with the Hobby Lobby app. Open the current week’s coupon on your phone and then show it to the cashier at checkout.

The weekly coupon is good for 40% off one regular-priced eligible item.

  • Limit one coupon per person per day.
  • I find that I can use the same coupon once every day until it expires at the end of the week.
  • You can use your coupon to shop online.

Shop Online When You Can Get Free Shipping

Hobby Lobby stores and website operate from the same warehouse so the prices always match. However, the selection online is not as great as in-store, and you’ll pay for shipping unless you wait for a free-shipping-with-minimum-purchase promo, which happens about four times a month.

Shop Online with a Discounted Gift Card

online discount card for hobby lobby

Buy a Hobby Lobby gift card at Raise.com at a discount of 10-12% (it varies considerably). Then use it to pay for your online order. It all adds up!

Make Sure to Activate Ebates

When shopping Hobby Lobby online, make sure you have your Ebates account activated ((how to: Here) at checkout and you’ll get 2% cash back on your Hobby Lobby online order. Ebates—plus free shipping, plus a discounted gift card—can make shopping at Hobby Lobby online a good deal.

MORE: An Incredibly Easy Way to Save Money Shopping Online

Twice-a-Year Home Accents and Decor Clearance Sale

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Two times each year—typically in late January and then again in early summer—it’s like Hobby Lobby discontinues the home accents department! Everything starts at 50% off then quickly goes to 60%, on to 90% off until it’s all gone to make room for all the new home decor items.

Use 40% Off Coupon Instead of 30% Sale Price

Here’s the strategy: You cannot combine a 40% Hobby Lobby coupon with a sale item, but you can use it instead of accepting the sale price. Just tell the cashier that you want it rung up at full price. Then apply the 40% off coupon.

Disclaimer: My store does not allow this strategy, but others have reported that works for them because they shop in a store that allows it. Can’t hurt to ask.

After-Holiday Clearance Hits 90% Off

Take Christmas decor. It starts at 40% off in the summer, then heads down and hits clearance at 90% off after the holiday.

Tip: This week, nearly everything Christmas—not only floral—is 50% off!

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Love the Clearance Aisle

Home decor on the discout aisle

Home decor on the discout aisle

Every Hobby Lobby has one and it’s not at the front of the store. You have to search for it. At my store its in the farthest back corner. It takes up part of an aisle and the wall behind.

Hobby Lobby clearance wall

Stuff cycles in and out of the Clearance area really fast because they’re continuously marked down until they reach 90% off. You won’t believe the bargains. Just remember even at 90% it’s a bad deal if it’s something you don’t need, won’t use and will just add clutter to your life.

Clearance Hot Spots

This is totally unpredictable and varies from one Hobby Lobby store to the next. But now and then you will find clearance sales on things throughout the store.

Check the whole store for these hot spots with 60% off or more! But only buy if it’s something you would have wanted at full price or even 30% off.

Competitor Coupon Price Matching

Hobby Lobby does not accept competitors’ coupons, so don’t even try. However, they will give you the competing price on the exact same item. Bring the competition’s flyer with you, and if it’s a match, you will get that price.

Tip: There are exclusions. You cannot get the price match on doorbuster prices, Simplicity and McCall’s patterns, Cricut, Silhouette, Siozzic, Cuttlebug, clearance and closeout items.

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Churches, Schools, National Charitable Organizations Get 10% Discount

If you are shopping for one of these, bring a credit card or check from the organization for payment. Note: Your check must be signed in-store, once a manager has approved the transaction. If your organization qualifies, do not hesitate to get this discount!

Get Another 10% Off for Damaged Item

Damaged decor for sale at hobby lobby

If an item you planned to purchase has a significant blemish or is damaged—if it doesn’t bother you or you can easily fix it—ask the cashier for a discount.

Like this cute gingerbread kid. His foot is torn open revealing the stuffing. I inquired and was offered an additional 10% off, knowing I could sew up that seam in a few minutes if that would have been something I couldn’t live without.

Get a Price Adjustment

You can’t wait for a sale. You buy that thing at full price or the 30% off usual sale price. Then the next week you see it’s at 50% off. Don’t you hate when that happens? Well not to worry. Bring the item and your receipt back to the store within 14 days and they will adjust the price and give you back the difference. This does not apply to clearance items, however.

Ask for a Rain Check

If the item you want is on sale, but out of stock, ask Customer Service for a rain check. Once it’s back in stock, bring your rain check with you and you’ll get that sale price. Now you can use your 40% off coupon for something else.

If You Hate Crowds Shop Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings

Hobby Lobby stores are typically the least crowded on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, as soon after opening. You may think you’re the only customer there, and that’s OK. You can take your time to look around for clearance hot spots.

Apply for a Job

Hobby Lobby employees get an additional 15% off—on top of sale prices. If you need a job and have super self-control, you just might want to inquire!

Question: What is your favorite way to save at Hobby Lobby?

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    • Tinfoil the Hat
      Tinfoil the Hat says:

      I would really appreciate it if we could keep our political views to ourselves. This is not a political website, and it’s nice to have a respite from politics sometimes.

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      • Tinfoil the Hat
        Tinfoil the Hat says:

        Different people have different beliefs about what is “moral.” You may believe Christian values are “moral.” I may believe Jewish values are “moral.” There is no absolute definition. Hence, of course politics are involved.

        Note Mary did not express any political opinions. She merely described the financial policies of a particular establishment, which we may choose to patronize or not. This is a financial website. I believe comments should be limited to finance. There are opportunities in various forums on DPL to discuss personal and political beliefs.

        I am now bowing out of the discussion. I made a reasonable request. I do not wish to argue. This is an example of why I do not want political beliefs expressed here.

  1. ThistleCoveFarm
    ThistleCoveFarm says:

    Tuesdays are the best days for shopping anywhere; fewer customers. Great tips about Hobby Lobby but especially about not buying something you don’t need which is never a bargain.
    Do you know about Ollies: Good Stuff Cheap? Ollies and Big Lots are my favorite discount, buy it now because it’ll be gone later stores.

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  2. Gardengoddess42
    Gardengoddess42 says:

    Wasn’t there some problems with some of their goods? Illegal imports or similar? I’ve been reluctant to buy from this store as I am unsure of their ethics. Can someone update me on this?

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    • Brenda
      Brenda says:

      It was artifacts they were bringing in for their museum. They learned the hard way how to NOT buy some things! It was not some big moral failure, and has been resolved.
      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/hobby-lobby-smuggled-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-out-of-iraq/532743/

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      • gladiola
        gladiola says:

        I
        beg to differ. Their agenda and very deliberate and dubious acquisition
        of artifacts to advance their political and religious agenda is
        definitely a big moral failure. I won’t touch Hobby Lobby with a 20-ft
        pole.

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      • gladysjones
        gladysjones says:

        I beg to differ. Their agenda and very deliberate and dubious acquisition of artifacts to advance their political and religious agenda is definitely a big moral failure. I won’t touch Hobby Lobby with a 20-ft pole.

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