The Best Time To Shop The Sales At Michaels

Michaels is the go-to destination for crafters, DIY-ers, and Pinterest buffs alike. This popular craft store is a cult favorite and is widely known for being a one-stop destination for every item on your list that you need to bring your Pinterest-inspired vision to life, thanks to their extensive inventory of crafting materials of all kinds and for all skill levels. In addition to attracting crafters and DIY-ers, Michaels is also a popular destination for those simply looking for unique seasonal decor, photo frames, and more. 

It's no secret, however, that securing everything you need for your DIY project or even just picking up some cute holiday decorations can be expensive (especially if your DIY project is a relatively large undertaking since material costs add up quickly). Thankfully, bringing your project to life or turning your space into the Pinterest board of your dreams doesn't have to break the bank, thanks largely in part to the retailer's frequent sales, promotions, and coupon availability, which are talked about by many savings bloggers like Passionate Penny Pincher. The trick is knowing exactly when -– and how -– to shop the sales at Michael's to ensure your project comes out looking like a million bucks (without actually paying that).

Utilize price matching

Unlike many retailers, Michaels has a price guarantee. According to their website, their price guarantee asserts that if you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailers listed on their website, Michaels will not only price-match the item, but they will give you an additional 10% off!

In order to utilize Michaels price matching service for an in-store purchase, all you have to do is bring an ad, printout, or photo of a brick and mortar competitor's discount to the register. If you find a current lower price on any identical, in-stock item within seven days of your purchase, you are still able to bring the item back into the store, and they will adjust the price for you. If you are utilizing their price matching service for an online purchase, you can call customer service at 1-800-642-4235, and they will be able to grant you the 10% off. Like with in-store purchases, if you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any of the mentioned online retailers, you can call the customer service number, and they will adjust your payment as well.

Never shop without at least a 20% off coupon

Michaels coupons are actually pretty easy to find -– if you know where to look. According to The Krazy Koupon Lady, a coupon granting shoppers 20% off their entire regular-priced purchase is available all the time through the Michaels app or on their website. Contacting customer service to get on their physical mailing list as well can also earn you some great coupons periodically –- up to 40% off a single regular priced item –- which The Krazy Koupon Lady notes is arguably their best coupon but is also much harder to find. If you are lucky enough to snag a coupon for 40% off a single, regular-priced item, you can stack it with the coupon for 20% off your overall purchase (or with any coupon saving you money on your overall purchase).

Plus, you can reportedly use your 20% off your overall purchase coupon as many times as you want before it expires, extending your savings for future purchases.

Sign up for Michaels Rewards

Signing up for the Michaels Rewards loyalty program may be perhaps the best (and easiest) way to save big on your purchase at the register or online. According to The Krazy Koupon Lady, Michaels Rewards differs from most other retailers' rewards programs, as you don't earn a point for every purchase. Instead, you automatically earn rewards to redeem for a dollar amount off of your next purchase (usually $5) for buying certain promotional items or for spending a certain amount. Once you reach the requirement for earning a rewards voucher, which is basically store credit to use on your next purchase, Michaels will email the voucher directly to you.

Signing up for the Michaels Rewards program is not only great for earning rewards vouchers, but it will also allow you to make returns without your receipt (because who can ever remember where they put it?) and will send you special invitations to events and keep you in the loop about upcoming sales.

If you are shopping in-store, the Michaels Rewards sign at the front of the store will tell you how to earn rewards on that day, and if you are shopping online, the current Michaels Rewards offers can be found in the Michaels app under "Weekly Ad," and then "Michaels Rewards." For added savings, The Krazy Koupon Lady notes that you can stack your rewards vouchers with any coupon.

Keep an eye on the calendar

Michaels has annual sales events throughout the year to help you save no matter the season, holiday, or occasion. Per The Krazy Koupon Lady, some of the best times to shop the sales events at Michaels include more than just your basic saving-related holidays.

The Semi-Annual Clearance Event takes place in January and July every year, when shoppers can score 70% off all seasonal decor, yarn, ribbon, frames, kids' crafts, and more. The Organization Event takes place in January when shoppers can earn 60% off of all organization bins, totes, and cabinets. The Stock-up Event also takes place in January every year, when shoppers can buy yarn for 55% off. The 7 Doorbusters for 70% Off Event offers selected frames, scrapbook albums, wrapped canvas, ribbon, photo keepers, spring floral, and strung beads on sale in February for 70% off.

Then there's the Lowest Price of the Season Event, where select beads, floral, craft storage, shadow boxes, frames, and more go on sale for 50% to 70% off, which happens in April and September. The Spring Black Friday takes place in April when shoppers can score up to 70% off floral, craft storage, scrapbooking, spring decor, and more during this sale. The Red, White, and Blue Sale takes 50% off all summer floral and decor every year during July. The Mega Monster Sale takes place during October, when shoppers can score 50% off all Halloween decor. And the Holiday Home Event begins in November when shoppers can get 50% off Christmas decor, florals, and ribbon.