Since a lot of people in the cosplay facebook group I am in liked this post, I’m going to make an actual post for it here on tumblr too.
I learned a LOT of tricks while working at Jo-Anns that helped me out a lot with affordable cosplay supplies. These should also help a lot of others as well!
When Joanns gives the big discount coupons during big sale dates where there seems to be a never ending supply of them, what is going to be on sale is MOST LIKELY the fabric. All Craft items(non-textile oriented things) will most likely not be on sale, and if they are the sales are pretty decent.
Make sure you know sale change dates. Sales end usually on Saturday nights. They go Sunday - Saturday, some sales are different, there can be weekend sales only as well that are Friday - Sunday. So if there are some coupons that work only on weekends for a weekly sale, get there BEFORE Sunday, or ON Sunday depending on what the sales change to. Once I had a 60% off, and on Saturday everything was regular price I needed, and on Sunday everything I needed went on sale and I couldn’t use it. Watch the sale dates! Get a flier when possible.
There are a lot of places to go to get coupons when there are no major sales:
Hobby Lobby 40% off
Hancock Fabrics 40% off
Michaels 40% off (or other coupons, but you can only use one)
Retailmenot (app or webpage. There is a 40% off all the time)
Sign up for the newseller and get coupons 1-5 times a week in your email
Sign up for the paper flier and get monthly coupons that way
Always take a small paper flier at the checkout with coupons when they have them
Those are just a few tricks, and you can wrack up a TON of coupons using all those methods. With the competitor coupons you can only use 1 per competitor. You can use a hobby lobby, Michaels, and Hancock at the same time, but not 2 hobby lobby or two Michaels. With the Joann coupons just make sure they do not have the same number. You can use as many coupons as you have items!
You can also make a lot of savings by using the end of the bolt. If you notice there is not a lot of fabric on the bolt, ask for a little over the yardage there and take the rest for 50% off. Ex: 3 yards left, ask for 2.25.
These are the main tips I have! There are probably other little things to do as well and if anyone has anything feel free to add to it!
For the anon that wanted to see my Voidfang vestments. I had to remake the shoulders, but other than that I’m done! Not pictures are the pants, gaunlets and shoes. I will not be wearing a helmet to Dragoncon. Too damn hot ;_; I’m gonna be in the Tower all weekend xD