There are so many ways to shop efficiently and save at our favorite arts and crafts store, so long as you go in with these tips.

By Susan Brickell
Updated February 26, 2018
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RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images

Don’t Forget to Stop By the Dollar Bins

OK, so this is the obvious place to save money—but it's easy to pass these bins by in pursuit of what you need that second. But, shopping the clearance bins near the front of the store is a great way to stock up on seasonal decor, adorable baking cups, stationary, gift tags, stamps, mugs, and more! Michaels also takes all of their unsold holiday merchandise and clearance items, divides the goods into sealed see-through shopping bags, and sells them for about $2 a pop. You can’t open the bags in store, but you can poke around enough to get an idea of what you’re walking out with. A bit of a gamble to some, but a steal no less!

Bring Your ID Card

If you have a military ID card, you can save an additional 15% off every single day when you shop at Michaels. Teachers also save 15% on products designed for the classroom. And, if you’re 55 or older, you can save 10% every day at Michaels. Heck yes for a senior discount!

Use the Michaels Mobile App

Blogger and shopping pros swear by this app, as it’s the easiest way to check the Michaels weekly ad and get coupons that you can redeem by simply flashing your phone at checkout.

Clip Competitor Coupons

Michaels accepts coupons from some of their main competitors, including JoAnne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, ACMoore, and Ben Franklin. Use any coupon up to 50% off any single item, but you cannot stack them with Michaels coupons, unfortunately.

Ask for a Price Match

According to their official Terms and Conditions, Michaels will match any competitor’s advertised price on items identical in brand and size, and then beat it by 10%. Advertised product must be currently valid and not expired, so just show the ad to the cashier and they will adjust the price.

Sign Up for Classes

Michaels offers in-store classes for kids and adults, some of which are free if you just bring your own supplies. So, Michaels will basically act as a free babysitter and entertain your children while you solo-shop to your heart’s content. *Loads up minivan with kids immediately.* And, paid classes start at just $2 per class, and you can check online to see what workshops- from planner decorating to cupcake gilding- are available at your local store.

Never Pay Full Price for Custom Framing

We can all agree that custom framing makes even your thrift store art prints appear more expensive and can seriously chic up your gallery wall. Just keep in mind that there are almost always framing coupons and general discount coupons on the Michaels app, so take a breath and pause before you impatiently drop the big bucks on custom frames.