Are the Crafting Coupons Changing Your Shopping Behaviour?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

72 thoughts on “Are the Crafting Coupons Changing Your Shopping Behaviour?

  • March 25, 2014 at 7:30 am
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    I’m in the majority as well. Free shipping and ship-to-store are my best friends. When Joann’s has a sale on my favorite yarns and includes free shipping I stock up and usually add a couple of more expensive yarns as a “treat” to try. Love that free shipping!

  • March 25, 2014 at 5:31 am
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    If something is for sale at a really good price, I usually over-buy. I have a stash, which is good for many reasons… I don’t have to scramble to get to a store when I have a project in mind, and I have not paid full price for any of my yarn.

    Free shipping is always a bonus for me, and it allows me to spend even more in yarn!

  • March 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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    I buy yarn that I like whether I have project planned or not. If the yarn is on sale or there is a coupon it is an added bonus. I also buy yarn online if I find some on amazon or eBay as well as directly from yarn companies like Red Heart.

  • March 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    I always look to see if I can find a coupon that way I can afford to buy more.

  • March 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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    I also live away from the mainstream, and I love shopping yarn online…even when I do get into town, I find the selection of color, variety and type of yarn is much greater online and the price (when you consider gas and time) is usually less than the big box store.

  • March 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    I’m like you, I love free shipping! I also shop mostly on line because I can’t get to the stores.

  • March 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Anybody from down under here? I’ve recently moved to Australia and while there is a lot more variety to pick from, I find the prices on the higher side, so I wait for special offers from the Lincraft store in Sydney and stock up. I’d love to hear from you about where you pick up your yarn from.

    • March 25, 2014 at 7:21 am
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      Trisha, I’m in Melbourne and I agree with you the prices are pretty high. I usually wait for sales from Spotlight, or order from Deramores, shipping is $7 pretty decent, or from american red heart and caron sites. Also there is bendigo woolen mills for cotton, its $13 for 200grams and it’s really good quality cotton. they have 4ply and 8ply. they are located in bendigo so a fair drive for me, but they have a site where their cotton can be purchased. I can’t afford to buy from small yarn shops because the prices are WAY too high for bigger projects, it just doesn’t work out well for me.

  • March 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    Where does one find coupons for yarn?

  • March 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    I have become very disappointed with shopping at the big three (Walmart, JoAnn, Michaels) because of the price increases and shrinking selection. While I want to pet my yarn before I buy it, I have switched exclusively to online purchasing. I usually use the coupons from JoAnn to do so, but I also buy project specific yarn now, and forgo impulse stash building.

  • March 24, 2014 at 9:56 am
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    I shop online most of the time. There are two Walmarts within 20-30 minutes have such a limited supply of yarn, especially Red Heart. We are about an hour from a Joann’s store so if we happen to go there we buy what we can afford at the time!!! Lately it’s been easier to shop online so I can get what I want.

  • March 24, 2014 at 9:04 am
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    It’s like the article was written by me! lol I also live a solid 2 hour drive from any place that sells a reasonable selection of yarn, so my options are either buy it online, or wait until my next trip into a city to get it. Coupons–especially on shipping–are crucial to being able to keep my yarn supply stocked on a budget.

  • March 24, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    I find I’m buying more online lately. I live 1 1/2 hours from a craft store so it is more convenient to purchase that way. But I also have gone to more on line shopping because I’ve noticed that the craft stores are stocking less yarn and needle supplies every month. It sometimes makes me wonder why they are calling themselves craft stores. Wal-Mart is even dropping their yarn supplies every time I go in. It is a shame but it is more convenient online.

  • March 24, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    Good Morning, Mikey & Dan,
    Hmm? Coupons for me are an advantage sometimes. I’m finding craft stores are becoming less & less friendly. Here in my area, there is 2-Michael’s & Joanna. Both have un-friendly employees. I understand they are grumpy to receive minimum wage, but, they are being paid to do a service. Customers first, is what I learned working in retail.
    I’m just exhausted going to craft store & being treated like I am a bother to them.
    Guess, I will shop online too!

    • March 24, 2014 at 8:52 am
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      Sandi I have to agree. I always have the worst customer service at the check out lines at Hobby Lobby. Makes the shopping experience sort of a bummer.

  • March 24, 2014 at 7:33 am
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    When I am at hobby lobby I usually will only buy red heart because their yarn is made in the USA and use their coupon. However if I can’t make it there I shop at Walmart and their colors in red heart is limited so I have to buy from a different company.

  • March 24, 2014 at 7:16 am
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    A long time ago, I shopped at yarn stores. Then discount stores changed that by carrying yarns that were more affordable. Along came coupons for JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s…and again I changed shopping habits. Finally I discovered Craigslist. Again, shopping habits and price perception changed. Then one day I wanted to feel and touch fine yarn, I wanted luxury for a special gift, I wanted to test its softness on my hand and roll it between my fingers and gauge in my mind how it would be to work with. And guess what…I had to drive hours to find an actual yarn store and then became upset that one skein of what I liked was $60. That was like 60-120 cheap skeins on a good Craigslist ad! So not only have my shopping habits changed, but so has my perception of cost and value. Would that yarn have been worth $60? Probably, given that it was lovingly harvested from that person’s own animals, then hand dyed and hand spun. I am guilty of devaluing someone’s craft in my search of the best for the least. It’s my own fault that I had to drive hours to find a genuine yarn shop and my own fault that I did not immediately see its worth. Shame on me.

  • March 24, 2014 at 6:27 am
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    I stock up with sales and coupons. I tend to buy the specialty more expensive yarns with coupons because they are a bit more pricy, anyway. My staple yarns ( super saver and equivalent) I buy regular price without any thought. Also, in the past six months or so, I have started buying online and have really liked the convenience.

  • March 24, 2014 at 5:48 am
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    I like to see my yarn, however, even with shipping costs involved it is sometimes the better buy to shop online. I love wish lists! I fill in what I am want and when it goes on sale I buy. I will go to Michaels and look at the yarn, see the colours and if the price is too high I will order online. Spinrite is awesome and I love Knitpicks. The shipping cost from Knitpicks to Canada can be cheaper than my gas cost to drive to any store in Niagara. I usually pay $7 and you cannot beat that! I never had a large stash up until last year, but with some of the great online deals….what can I say? If there is free shipping or a real deal I will buy from that online store.

  • March 24, 2014 at 4:59 am
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    I use coupons every chance I get, but only if there is something I specifically need or want.

  • March 24, 2014 at 4:30 am
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    So i just move here(nj from pr) and craftstore like michaels are really far by bus and most of my yarns i bought them at Wal-Mart, but they dont accept coupons 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • March 24, 2014 at 2:38 am
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    I use coupons all the time for my items in-store and take advantage of free shipping or low promotional shipping when i can online otherwise i couldn’t afford yarn or craft items. ..

  • March 24, 2014 at 12:00 am
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    I always use coupons now. JoAnns has the best prices where I live and I use the 40 or 50% off coupons on regular price yarn. I’m lucky enough to live where we have Hobby Lobby (too expensive) Walmart, Michaels and JoAnns. This weekend I had 25% off coupons which could be used on sale and regular items. I always check to see what I need and buy it at a decent price. Since I make mostly afghans, I need to buy yarn on sale.

  • March 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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    I live 100km round trip from a shopping area. I also have limited mobility. I am enjoying more and more shopping on line these days. Yes, I use all the coupons I can; and I also take advantage when there is an opportunity for free shipping

  • March 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    Canada really isn’t known for coupons , as much as the States , like I said on Facebook, just a Michael’s coupon once in a while that’s it.

  • March 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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    I use coupons at craft stores and for yarn online. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  • March 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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    I try to always use coupons at the craft store, unless I just find something that I cant live without!

  • March 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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    I always shop sales and/or use a coupon when buying yarn…always! Too expensive otherwise.

  • March 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    I buy on line for the most part. I’ve been to a shopping mall two times in the last four years. Coupons and free shipping rule my purchases. Most good on line sites have “wish lists” and I can browse at my convenience and wait for a good sale and free shipping.

  • March 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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    My shopping habits changed several years ago when gas prices went up so high and when they decided that teachers didn’t need to eat or live in a house (decreased our income–which has gone down every single year for the past 9). I combine all my trips into one or two–stack coupons and my discount cards (from guilds/being a teacher/state employee). If it isn’t on sale and I don’t have a coupon for it I don’t buy–it is that simple. Clothing, food, yarn, fabric this rule goes for everything. I have only one exception–we do have a lovely yarn shop here that carries fabulous yarns–their cheapest yarn (cotton-which is perfect for Florida) is far cheaper than anything in the chain stores and it knits up into a wonderful sweater-so that I buy and don’t even think about it because it becomes a garment that will last a long time in beautiful colors. We are 45-60min from the stores–sometimes I buy online but I like to touch everything. I like to see the colors. If we get to the point where no one is working in town–then I will go to all online shopping for my “stuff” because it simply isn’t worth driving that far with the cost of gas.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm
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    Oh my YES, coupons are so in my shopping, I do almost all my yarn (and crochet products) on line. I live 60 miles round trip to the closest place to shop for yarn, Walmart is very limitted, on line I get sales and coupons to use and a lot of times free shipping. The only thing I don’t buy on line is groceries.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm
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    PS, never used a coupon online, unless a promo code at RedHeart counts.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm
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    I’m buying more yarn online because I can’t find the colors I need in the local stores. I try to wait to buy when there are coupons for free shipping.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    I shop online for yarn at basically two sites: Knitpicks and Redheart and i rarely spend more than $5 per skein. Both charge for shipping into Canada. If I found an online store with free shipping to Alberta, i would think about changing. Do you know of any?

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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    I’m an online shopper mostly because everything for me is far away except for Spinrite. My sister lives in Paris Ontario so when I visit her I like going to Mary Maxim and if I leave her house at the right time I can go to lens mills in cambridge on my way home!! My hubby says my wife collects animals & yarn lol

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm
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    I live in South Western Ontario in Canada. We have Len’s Mill Stores…they have the best selection of yarn and prices combined. I do a lot of fine lace crochet and I buy all my fine cotton thread there.

    • March 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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      I used to work at a Len’s Mill store and you need to check prices. Most things are cheaper, but not all.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    I do have a yarn “stash” that I use most of the time but if I need something specific I will wait until there is a sale or a coupon to use for that item. I refuse to pay full price for those items that I don’t need right away. Last Christmas I DID order many of my gifts on the Internet where there was a little or no shipping fee for a certain amount of purchase. It is convenient for me since I am partially disabled. It gives me the freedom to pick and choose at several places and get exactly what I need for my projects. More and more I so see myself shopping online as it is time saving and very convenient. I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one doing this.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm
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    I do most of my yarn purchases on line as well, as I live in an area where my choices are Walmart and Michaels. I usually wait for great sales or coupons on line thru Joann’s or other places. I use Smileys Yarn warehouse In NYC as well, but they have a $50 minimum purchase with a flat shipping rate. Coupons and online comparison shopping have truly changed the way I buy/shop for my yarn..and I often change the patterns I may use due to that.

    Luckily Joann’s recently had an amazing sale.. where almost all Redheart yarns were on sale for $2.79 a skein, so I stocked up. Now the only thing I need to shop for is a bigger apartment to store my stash!!! lol

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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    99% of the yarn I buy is online. I hate getting to the store and they don’t have what I need, so it saves so much time and stress to shop online. I wait for sales and free shipping. The stores I frequent the most are Joanns, knitting-warehouse and Herrschners. Where are others purchasing yarn online?

    • March 29, 2014 at 8:28 am
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      I purchase most of my yarn from Amazon. I am a prime member and I get free 2-day shipping. Did most of my Christmas shopping at Amazon and paid NO shipping on any of it.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    AC Moore allows coupons to be used for books, So, if I am going to the nearest city which is 75 miles away for any reason, I find my coupons to take with me and will especially buy a new craft book if there is a 50% off coupon. Also, sometimes I will look for something fun to buy to treat myself to with the coupon like the knifty knitter, or martha stewart loom set. I only get to the city about 4 times per year, Unfortunately, when its 50% off coupon time, that always means the yarn is on 25% off sale so can’t get any for 50% off.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    Since my spending on craft budget is limited to getting gift cards from family during the holidays, coupons do not influence my spending year long. I don’t have the money to buy anything “extra”, so I just wait. Then once I get a gift card, I wait until I get a good coupon THEN go shopping to get more for my money 🙂

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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    I usually wait for good sales to purchase the yarn I want. For example, all of the craft stores in my area offer a percentage off for one item. When crocheting, that doesn’t help. Occasionally, they will offer a percentage off your total purchase and it includes sale items. With those events, I stock up. I rarely order yarn online, if I do there has to be a discount and free shipping.

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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    80percent of my purchases are from on line. I either buy from the sale or discontinued list or there is a special running. Have been very good at finding free shipping for most of my purchases. Kmart on line has a hugh amount of yarn in stock alot cheaper than joanns or michael. This away I don’t have to wait for sales and shipping is free. I do live in a very large town, but prefer web shopping

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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    I do a lot of shopping online and I compare prices to death my husband says. I’ll find the yarn I want and go with the lowest price after shipping. One exception is this: if I know the shipper uses DHL, I won’t purchase from them again. I’m a firm believer of using one shipper or another but not double up. It always takes longer to get your stuff if you use DHL or if companies ship with the mail innovations idea that start with UPS or Fed Ex and end up being delivered by your local mail man. I love red heart yarn, but I’ll never buy directly from them again unless I’m willing to pay for the premium shipping. I have spent a LOT of money at E-Tent and I get their stuff quicker from Canada to Kansas than locations that are in the U.S

    Locally we have one dedicated yarn store called Twist. We also have Wal-mart, JoAnn’s, Handcock Fabric, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. All but Wal-Mart have high prices. Twist has mostly specialty yarns I can’t afford. That’s why I love watching for new deals at E-Tent.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    I find I use the craft store coupons for things other than yarn. Sometimes on hooks but more often than not on crafts not related to crocheting. I am finding that some craft stores have cut back on their yarn and don’t carry much more than the basic brands and styles that have been around for years. I do shop online for yarn more than I shop at LYS’s….again, a much bigger selection and prices tend to be better. And, as pretty as the hand dyed yarns are at my LYS, I can’t wear wool so its beauty is lost on me.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    i buy most of my yarn at my LYS…when I do need to go cheaper for whatever reason, I wait for deals on line. I seldom shop in the chain craft stores..when I do it is for something I need “now” .. if there is a coupon great, if not oh well.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    if I were on a limited income or as my father had said when he retired, a broken income, I would probably use coupons. I do however compare prices..Joann vs Hobby Lobby vs Michaels vs Walmart. I do alot of online shopping for my yarn (along with other things) so its easy to compare.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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    First, I’m required to mention that I’m an employee of Michael’s arts and crafts and my opinions are my own, lol. Really though, being an employee there and getting my discount, as well as other coupons and sales has allowed me to get a lot more yarn for my stash, for current and future products. I also find myself choosing brands based on sales.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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    Free shipping is a big deal for me too. I’m an hour from Hobby Lobby and Walmart

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    In my case it is as much lack of selection as well as % off/free shipping deals. While I have several stores locally to choose from their selections are sometimes very limited. Once I needed 2 skeins of yarn to finish a project, and ended up going to 2 stores buying 1 skein at each, as while both carried the right brand, neither had both colors I needed. So much easier to go on line and get what you need at once! I usually wait till a sale with free shipping and stock up!

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    I definitely find myself doing more online shopping for supplies than having to get in my vehicle to go 10 miles to the next town hoping I can find what I want and need for my projects. I love the free shipping and the discounts on some online stores offer.

    OAN: Thanks for all the tutorials on YouTube. It was by watching one of your videos that I learned how to crochet and I now have a love for it.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    Yes, I shop the sales and coupons. Cyber Monday, I was able to buy a VERY large sum of yarn at 51% off at Joann.com. Yesterday, I was able to buy another 123 skeins of yarn at 41% off at Joann store. I sit like a hawk and wait for the good sales or coupons, then swoop in for the kill!

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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    I think what has changed me the most since I starting knitting and crocheting is the internet.  I hardly shop in stores anymore unless I absolutely have to.  I like getting stuff delivered…it’s like Christmas!  Of course since I discovered The Crochet Crowd my orders for yarn has increased….and Red Heart just loves that fact!!!   Rose <

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  • March 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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    I do wait for coupons for discounts on total purchases. I haven’t changed crafts, prefer to crochet over other crafts. Have not seen anything online that beats the sales at A C MOORE or Michaels, but have curbed my spending to sale only items. I have also found bargains at thrift stores and estate sales. Sad that when a crafter passes no one in the family learned the craft.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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    If i make the trip to shop, it’s over 50 miles, I use coupons. the cashiers at my favorite hobby store usually have a pocket full to help. If I have specific needs, I shop online at the same store and use their free shipping options. If I go to Walmart, the selection is very limited and the basics are about it at the one I have access to.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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    The only stores that sell yarn in my area are Walmart, JoAnn’s and Michaels. Therefor I use a coupon when I can and otherwise order on-line. I really wish they would offer free shipping occasionally.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm
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    I buy mostly online, Wal-Mart or Meijers. Joanna has decreased their stock of yarn, increased prices and coupons bring to regular price for a yarn I can get for less elsewhere. Michael’s here has such a small amount of yarn it is not worth going. Yarn Factory Outlet has been a great choice for yarn, selection fantastic, and I cannot beat the prices. People think they save with coupons but never really check prices and get ripped off.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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    I can buy more for something I need now or for my stash for future projects if I use coupons (either a % off for total purchase or an item not on sale). I haven’t been able to buy online with free shipping yet. That I am sure will come as the stores here do not have a good selection unless I travel about an hour away.

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    Only place here to buy yarn cheaply is Walmart…and they don’t take coupons.

    • March 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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      I went to Walmart yesterday to get some purple Red Heart yarn for a WIP and they had a very limited selection. I think that the craft stores are putting a bit of a hurt on Walmart as they used to have a large selection. The selection of purple was very limited, didn’t have what I was after…oh well

      • March 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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        I am thinking it may also depend on the location of the retail store? The walmart by me has tons of yarn, esp red heart. I am currently working w/ the blacklight color and there was an over abundance of it. Just a thought..

      • March 24, 2014 at 8:33 am
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        Walmart.com may have it. And, they have site to store pickup I love it!

    • March 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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      Oh my gosh, Wal-Mart absolutely DOES take coupons!! You’re missing out if you’re not taking advantage of it!

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:34 am
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      I was a cashier at Walmart and I am fairly sure they take coupons, just ask one of the Customer service managers, the cashiers are so poorly trainer. Or call the head office and ask.

    • March 24, 2014 at 10:43 am
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      Our Wal Mart does take coupons I live in an area where there are several W.M stores around all within a 20 min. drive, they all take coupons and will match other store priceing if you’re willing to take the time.

    • March 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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      They do price match and if its not a percentage off coupon they should meet the price if not call 1-800-Walmart they will help you. I work there 🙂

  • March 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm
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    I would think the birds are trying to hide their nests from predators & the colored yarn would draw attention to their nests.

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