#1 Sign-up for absolutely everything
I signed up for the mailing list in-store and now I receive a paper mailing. This mailing tends to be indentical to the weekly one that you can pick up at the front entrance to the store, except it usually has an additional coupon (40-60% off, usually 60%).
Additionally, I signed up to receive e-mails on www.joann.com with a different e-mail address and I usually get 40% off from those e-mails on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
#2 Don’t use the mobile coupon app
This is for several reasons. 1) You can only use it 3 times a month. 2) If you receive separate e-mails, both with 60% coupons, but they have different numbers, you can print them out and have them count separately. The coupon app (the few times that I’ve used it) will consolidate them into a single code, so you can only use it once (even if you try to generate the codes from different e-mails).
#3 Horde your coupons
I usually print/cut out all of my coupons and then put them into separate envelopes marked when they expire. That way, I make the most of the coupons I have, rather than accidentally using ones that don’t expire for a while.
The only downside to this is that you might feel compelled to USE all of these coupons, but that can be expensive and you may end up making a rushed decision just in an effort to use the coupons. I try to avoid looking at my coupon envelopes unless I am going to the store/going to make a purchase and then evaluate what coupons I have.
#4 Be careful of items that are on sale
Before going to the cutting table, check to make sure there aren’t any labels that proclaim that fabric to be on sale. Since coupons don’t apply to items that are on sale, you want to check before cutting your fabric.
As a rule of thumb, if I am purchasing really expensive fabric and/or large quantities of fabric, I will always ask the person at the cutting table to verify that the fabric is NOT on sale before they start measuring it out.
You can also call the store (or e-mail customer service for the online store) to ask when particular sales will end.
#5 Look for the Fashion Magazine
Jo-Ann’s produces a magazine every 6 months or so that comes with 6 (yes 6) free 50% and 40% coupons that are good for about 6 months. I forget what the name of the magazine is - I always find it next to the pattern section. It’s about 1/4” thick and only $4. I usually have at least one copy of the magazine in my house at all times in case I need to make a purchase, but I don’t have any more e-mail or flyer coupons. The $4 pays for itself in no time!