Whether you knit, bake, paint or build, chances are Michaels is your go-to store. They're one of (if not the) biggest craft suppliers in Canada, but it's no secret that their products don't always come cheap.
To help you save as much as you can on your next art project, we put together this sale calendar. It breaks down everything you need to know about saving money at Michaels, from their Rewards program to those infamous Michaels Canada coupons you absolutely can't shop without.
There's a reason Michaels Canada is the place we all rush to whenever we need more paints, picture frames and craft supplies for the kids. They probably have the biggest selection around, and they actually do offer some really great sales. You just need to know when to shop!
A quick, handy guide to Michaels coupons
We've all heard of them, and most of us wouldn't consider shopping at Michaels without them. I'm talking about Michaels coupons – by far the easiest way to save on your shopping trips. Just about every week, Michaels will release a new coupon that you can find online and redeem in-store. They usually get you 40% off one-regular-price item, so it's worth using them on a big-ticket purchase.
Every week, you can head to the coupon section of the Michaels website to claim the latest coupon. Enter your postal code, city or province to select a store near you, then hit the "find coupons" button to see all available Michaels coupons for your area. Then, save or print 'em and shop!
Occasionally, you might spot a Michaels 50% off coupon in Canada. These are pretty rare but not completely unattainable. If you see one, make sure you scoop it up and use it before it expires!
What is the Michaels Item of the Week?
Of course, coupons aren't the only way to save money at Michaels Canada. They also run a weekly promotion called the Michaels Item of the Week. This is a discounted product that's marked down for an entire week and available while supplies last. So if you spot something you love, you might want to act fast before it's all sold out at your local store!
The Michaels Canada Black Friday Sale
In 2018, Michaels held one of their biggest Black Friday sales ever. We saw doorbuster deals that ran for two entire days and TONS of products at up to 60% off – and there's a good chance we might see something similar again this year. The deals tend to run for most of Black Friday weekend, and even Christmas trees and decorations were marked down! To find out what's happening in 2019, keep an eye on your local Michaels flyer, where you'll find all the details.
Tips for saving money at Michaels Canada
These major sales are just the beginning. There are plenty of ways you can save money at Michaels Canada, even if it's not Black Friday and you're looking for something that isn't marked down during a given week. So we compiled our top tips for scoring a deal at Michaels:
1. Sign up for Michaels Rewards
Here's a loyalty program that's actually worth joining. Michaels Rewards is an exclusive program for all kinds of makers, crafters and artisans. It's completely free to join, and you'll get access to members-only deals, exclusive events and early alerts about upcoming sales. Just sign up when you check out the next time you're at a Michaels store to take part!
2. Only shop when you have a Michaels coupon
Okay, I know we already mentioned this one, but it bears repeating. If you can hold off on making a major purchase (especially if you're buying one more expensive item), wait until you have one of those precious Michaels Canada coupons. Seriously, you can usually get 40% off!
3. See if you qualify for special discounts
The Michaels Teacher's Discount is famous among educators, because it gives you 15% off classroom products – which can be a lifesaver, especially when you're buying school supplies in bulk. But what you might not know is that they offer similar deals, like the Michaels Military Discount, which gives service members 15% off with a valid military ID, and if you're 55 years of age or older, you qualify for the Michaels Senior Discount (worth 10% off most orders with your ID).
4. Wait for End-of-Season sales
This rings true for shopping at just about any store, but if you're just stocking up on craft supplies (and don't necessarily need anything ASAP), try shopping toward the end of the season. It's the perfect way to score huge markdowns on holiday décor. just put it away 'til next year!
5. Create a printable shopping list
While you can't actually shop online at Michaels Canada (yet, anyway), they do let you browse product categories and build a printable shopping list. You can use it to track things you're looking for (so you don't forget anything once you're actually in the store) and to keep an eye on deals.
6. Download the Michaels app
If you don't want to print your shopping list, Michaels has an easy fix for that. The Michaels app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play. It has a product locator to help you find items when you're in the store (and to comparison shop once you're there), and it allows you to store you shopping list, project ideas and coupons all in one place.
7. Sign up for their newsletter
Want a heads up whenever Michaels Canada is planning a new sale? Then sign up for their newsletter. Just create an account or log in and check the box saying you'd like to receive emails from Michaels. They'll send you the deets for all upcoming promotions!
You know you're curious ...
Still have a few questions? You're not alone. To help you out with those common queries, we decided to answer a couple of the most frequently asked questions about Michaels Canada:
What is the Michaels Canada return policy?
Make sure you hang on to your receipt whenever you shop at Michaels Canada – because you'll need it if you want a refund. If for whatever reason something doesn't work out, you have six months to receive a refund in the original form of payment (or a store credit if you originally made the purchase with a gift card). If you lose your receipt, you can still return an item, but you'll need to present a valid ID, and you're only eligible for a partial refund. Here's their full return policy.
Does Michaels Canada offer online shopping?
We wish! While Michaels has a web store in the US, online shopping hasn't made its way to Canada yet. They do let Canadians browse a lot of their products and project ideas online, but there's still no way to check out without visiting a physical store. We'll let you know if that changes!