Happy March! If you’re not aware, March is National Craft Month and we’ve got you covered with a fantastic, brand new, Verified offer at Jo-Ann Fabrics: $5 off any purchase of $25 or more! So get crafting!
Recently, I blogged about how easy it is to save a ton of money at Jo-Ann Fabrics with SnipSnap. Jo-Ann offers tons of great print coupons that you can now use your mobile phone to store and redeem. I especially like using these %40 off one non-sale item coupons:
They’re great for saving on larger home furnishing and holiday decoration items (or just that one skein of yarn you need to knit a fabulous winter hat).
But Jo-Ann is even more mobile friendly, because you can also download the Jo-Ann app for your iPhone, Android, or iPad. AND you can sign up to receive mobile text coupon offers!
Here’s the scoop:
I like the Jo-Ann iPhone app. (If you have the iPad app, you’ve got access to a lot of great extras, like shopping lists, project inspiration, and instructional videos.) You can locate any product Jo-Ann carries, purchase it online, plus share your favorites items on Facebook and Twitter. The store locator feature makes it easy to find your way to a Jo-Ann near you, which is really convenient for crafters who frequently travel (what else are you supposed to do on long car/plane/train/bus rides?) Best part? Coupons, of course! There don’t seem to be any exclusive deals on the Jo-Ann app, yet (they’re the same coupons you’ll see elsewhere) but here’s hoping the Jo-Ann iPhone app will start offering user-only deals that make it worth coming back to.
Don’t have a smartphone? No worries? You can sign up for Jo-Ann text message offers and still snag some of the store’s best deals! Want in? Just text “BEADS” to 56266 (JOANN) and receive up to three text message coupons a month. Each coupon has a unique promo code and is good for about 2-4 days (vs. the Jo-Ann app coupons, which are good for over a week and are constantly being replaced), so you have to act quickly to redeem your text savings. I got a 20% off entire purchase coupon the second I signed up to receive text deals! And yesterday I got a coupon for 60% off a regularly priced fabric purchase!
Do you have the Jo-Ann app? What’s the best way to use Jo-Ann coupons? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with all your crafting and couponing tips and tricks!
I know, I know – it’s still summer! But, I swear, just a few mornings ago, even though the sun warmed the bedspread and the birds chirped outside, the only thing I could think when I opened my eyes was, “Fall! It’s here!” Maybe the air was just (relatively) crisp that morning. Or maybe my body’s internal clock accidentally quick-skipped ahead of itself. Or maybe fall really is just around the corner. Halloween candy displays and costume stores are out in full force and, when I think of autumn harvests, trick-or-treat sugar rushes, and thick, fleecy sweaters, I think of one big something else: Crafting!
I started knitting in the nineties, way before it was the cool, new, hipster thing to do, but I love how the finer fiber arts are enjoying a much-deserved renaissance with new generations of eager, creative crafters. Even if you don’t knit, you’re probably totally into decking your home out for Halloween (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza). And, if you love that domestic stuff as much as I do, you’re probably also a frequent, compulsive shopper at craft stores like Jo-Ann’s, A.C. Moore, and Michaels. And then you absolutely know how generous craft stores are to their customers.
40-50% off coupons are totally no big deal at craft stores. Most of these retailers distribute print ads like they grow on trees. At Jo-Ann’s, in particular, the cashiers almost won’t take no for an answer when they offer you a flyer for sales two weeks away. The problem (of which I’m awfully too aware the moment these coupons hit my hands) is that most people (with kids, careers, and bills to pay) have no idea what they’ll be crafting so far into the unforeseeable future. So the coupons aren’t as appealing as they should be, and they’re soon buried under more important paperwork.
I can’t tell you how many times I have crafting emergencies and need to run to Jo-Ann’s for buttons or new knitting needles. And I never have those print coupons. But today, since I was feeling so fall, I decided to stop inside my local Jo-Ann’s to pick up a skein of yarn for a winter hat project. I snipsnapped a current 40% off a single, non-sale item coupon and presented it to the cashier at check out. She was so sweet and excited about mobile coupons. “People are in here with these things all the time,” she said. “It’s great!”
Since my purchase was so small, I only saved a few bucks, but the potential here is huge. Crafting supplies are expensive and so is holiday home décor (which you can also find at Jo-Ann’s). You can redeem this 40% off coupon as much as you want and, if you apply it to large items, you’re saving some serious bank. As for me, I’ll be knitting my favorite winter hat pattern in the shade “sapphire” this year for just two dollars and thirty-nine cents. Now, who can beat that?
Crafters! What’s the best (or biggest) item you’ve purchased with a mobile coupon at a craft store? What did you make/decorate with it? What are your best tricks and tips to save even more? Email me at email@example.com with all your smashing success stories!