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Kohls PAID ME to “buy” their underwear!

15 Jan

When I was developing my act “Add it Up” last August, I was not only pressed for time (2 weeks) but I was flat broke.  I had to make a costume with everything I already had, including the bra I was actually wearing the minute I decided to create the routine (I literally took it off and started sewing embellishments on it.)

Since I purchase supplies like crystals, sequins, fringe, trim, etc, when I can get it for relatively cheap, I had most everything I needed for the costume.  What I didn’t have was a thong to use as the base for the final costume piece.

I thought about looking at the .99 Store, K-mart, Fallas Paredes, etc., but talked myself out of all of them because I not only didn’t want a poor quality pair of panties, but because I really REALLY didn’t have any money.  I did, however, have $10 in Kohls Cash from a previous purchase.  I figured I could probably find a thong for $10, then I would only have to pay the tax.

Well, I found TWO thongs for $9.99, one in the color I needed (red) and one neutral color.  I figured I would save the neutral pair for a future costume.  I get to the register with my panties, my Kohl’s Cash and $1.00 to pay the tax.  As the cashier rings up my “purchase,” I asked “I just have to pay the tax, right?”  She tells me that no, I did not have to pay the tax, and in fact, she would be giving me a penny back! I was dumbfounded.  To this day, I cannot get over the fact that I was just given two pair of panties and a penny from Kohl’s for having made a previous purchase.

Getting A Big Bang for Your Burlesque Buck at Joann Part 1: DISCOUNTS & COUPONS

22 Dec

Since becoming a sewing instructor in 2001, I’ve had to do my fair share of shopping both on internet and in brick-and-mortar stores for equipment and supplies.  And because I’m a procrastinator at heart, relying on my local Joann store is key to my survival.  Not only have I shopped there for 12+ years, but I worked there for a few short months a couple of years ago to help the store manager out.  In that time, I’ve learned several ways to save at Joann.  In this inaugural blog,  I will outline every way I know of to obtain a discount at Joann.

1. Take advantage of the following programs, if you are eligible:

  • Student Discount: If you are in high school or college, you can receive 10% off your total purchase.*
  • VIP Program: Are you a member of a sewing or crafting organization like the Costume Society of America or American Sewing Guild?  Are you a re-seller, or do you make products (think MERCHANDISE) for sale?  You can receive 10% off your total purchase.*
  • Teacher Rewards: Early childhood educators, public school teachers and home schoolers can take 15% off their total purchase.*  It doesn’t matter if your purchase is for school/school projects.  They reward you for just being an educator.

*Exclusions apply.  Generally, the discount is taken off EVERYTHING that a coupon WAS NOT used on.  That includes sale items AND clearance/red tags.  For example, if you are purchasing trim that is 50% off, you will receive another discount AFTER the 50% discount is applied.

2. Join the mailing list:

  • Sign up to receive both emails AND coupons in the mail.
  • Have coupons mailed to multiple addresses (i.e. both home AND work.)

3. Print coupons off the official Joann website.

5. Download the Joann app for your smartphone.

6. Text BEADS to 56266 (JOANN) to receive a money-saving coupon as well as future offers.

7. Save coupons from competitors like:

8. Download competitor apps to your smartphone.

9. Have friends and neighbors who take the newspaper save the print ads for Joann and Michael’s for you.  I simply put a post on our internet board requesting my co-workers save these for me.  They just put them in my mailbox.

10. I like to use Retailmenot.  Search for printable coupons for Joann or competitors.  There is also a Retailmenot app for your smartphone.

11. Joann has a publication for purchase (it’s less than $5) at the cutting, customer service and checkout counters in which the back cover is full of 40% and 50% off coupons.  If you are purchasing a substantial amount of materials or spending a significant amount of money, the price of the publication can easily be justified.

And finally:

The key to saving, after you have followed ALL of the above steps:

You can use MULTIPLE Joann coupons on a single transaction, AS LONG AS ALL THE COUPONS HAVE A DIFFERENT NUMBER.

You can also use multiple competitor coupons in a single transaction, one per competitor.


The cashier doesn’t necessarily want you to know this, because it can create work for him/her.  However, if I am potentially spending $300 and can take $120-$150 off of that, this DIY diva is going to do just that, and YOU SHOULD, TOO.

Just be sweet as pie.  Chat up the employees at the cutting counter, showing them the coupons you have and inquire if they will work for the items you are purchasing.  Offer to let people with smaller/quicker transactions go before you.  Seek out a manager (to whom you have already become acquainted with) to “assist” in the transaction.

Good luck using your newly acquired hustling skills.  Let me know how these tips worked for you in the comments!

Sweet Shopping,


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