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    Our JoAnn's is about 35 miles away. It has only been open about a year or so, and I have only been there once. When I lived in IL I was in Freeport JoAnn's on a regular basis. But we do have a Hancock's here in Greenville, two Hobby Lobbys and two Wal Marts.

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    It's nice when you can use your coupons. It seems so many times I go and what I need is already on sale so I waste the coupons.

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    Haha.. With Joanns, anything less than 30% off is not considered on sale! I'd wait for a regular day and use my coupon.
    Yes coupon commotion is crazy. First day of Red Tag sale is crazy too!
    I love getting those "branded" fabrics like Legacy, Debbie Mums on 50% off red tag price! Calicoes are like $1 - $1.50 a yard. Good for backings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmhall2 View Post
    Our JoAnn's is about 35 miles away. It has only been open about a year or so, and I have only been there once. When I lived in IL I was in Freeport JoAnn's on a regular basis. But we do have a Hancock's here in Greenville, two Hobby Lobbys and two Wal Marts.
    Haha.. Where I lived last time, Joanns was on my way to Walmart. So guess what usually happens?

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    I was in JoAnn's yesterday and used both my coupons - the 40% and the 50%, which is rare. When I have an unused coupon, I buy a bag of batting if it's not on sale. Batting is too expensive at full price. Now I have a hexagon ruler, Yay! I did pay full price for a red piece of fabric, but it was good fabric and a nice color, so I only bought the 1/3 that I needed. My nearest one is 50 miles away so it only gets visited after Dr app'ts. It is clean and organized, but understaffed.

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    I figure that any trip to JoAnn with coupons is a good way to exercise our brains to try to figure out what we can use our coupons on that isn't on sale! It's like a game or a puzzle that will keep us young. I usually have a "list" of stuff I can use but am not desperate for and wait to "pounce" when they haven't used that sneaky "10% off" tactic on something good. They've got some clever marketing people who are good at giving us old biddies a challenge -- but we're up for it!

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    I can't begin to tell you how many times I have gone to our local Joanns only to come out empty handed. What I want is usually already ON SALE but what I find MOST disturbing is their fabric has just gotten plain UGLY! A few days ago I was in looking for backing for a SCRAPPY (you'd think I could something to go with SCRAPPY, right?) charity quilt. Most of the fabric was what I would call (back in the 60's) MOD. These bold florals with lots of bright colors are just not for me.... Plus they have a whole wall of solid colors.... I like lots of texture in my fabrics so solid do not do it for ME!! I usually end up buying my spray glue w/50% cause they never put THAT on sale.... I too, end up passing out my coupons to other customers. I always ask that if they can't use to pass them on before they leave the store. Wish I could hand out my IPHONE coupons.... OH WELL! Coupons DO get us in the door!! I just find I haven't bought anything there in a long time...... plus the store is a mess!!! I do like the manager and the clerks are friendly. But that doesn't put a backing on my quilt!! lol !!!

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    I did that too a couple days ago -- needed batting and stabilizer and used my 50% on the batting and 40% on stablizer. Of course, couldn't leave without buying at least a little fabric which was 30% off. Cha-Ching!! Love when that happens.
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    Congratulations - I love it when I can use those 40% and 50% off coupons.

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    LOL! WTG! The things I'm looking for are always on sale, so I can't use my coupon. I suppose the sale price is the same "af if" but still, the coupons are often an incentive to get in there and buy something without them.
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    I was in JoAnn's two days ago. The parking lot was loaded when we got there, I leisurely did my shopping... and when I got up to the check out line, there were more than 10 people in line with only 2 clerks. I left my cart by the side. I figured they had a enough time to figure out they were busy and to get enough people to check customers out in a timely fashion. I am not that desperate!

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    I feel the same way about Michael's. Had to beg for someone to help me find what I wanted, then had to go to checkout and wait another 10 minutes. I think "big box" stores can afford to hire more help!

    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    I was in JoAnn's two days ago. The parking lot was loaded when we got there, I leisurely did my shopping... and when I got up to the check out line, there were more than 10 people in line with only 2 clerks. I left my cart by the side. I figured they had a enough time to figure out they were busy and to get enough people to check customers out in a timely fashion. I am not that desperate!
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    I, too, have to be on my toes with the Joann's coupon game. However, I realize that is a corporate issue, and I imagine that the local staff finds it challenging also.

    The clerks in my store are super friendly and accommodating. They put up with cutting my big fleece orders when it is on sale even when their scissors hands are tired. Yesterday one of the assistant managers went to the back and unpacked a box of merchandise, so that I could have a large empty box to mail quilts and supplies to my mom. I appreciate that kind of service, and he did it with a smile!

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    My "guy" at Joanne's --- I'll ask him if a coupon will work, he makes it work if the computer will take it. It is possible to use a "craft" coupon for a yard of fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I appreciate the miraculous nature of this experience!!!
    I second that sentiment!

    I don't go to Joann's very often as it is about a 60 mile drive for me. So often what I want is on sale for 10% or 20% off and the good coupons aren't able to be used. If we are headed over that way I will stop in and shop; otherwise I check things out online and just wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I need to stay away from that store. They always get me with the bolt end. "Do you want the remainder for half off?" OF COURSE I DO. They know I can't resist!
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    Me, too. They must see us coming.

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    Ain't that sumpin?!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Yeppy!!! That happened to me yesterday also.LOL

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    Our JoAnn's is 50/50. Sometimes it's good sometimes it isn't. Depends on who is working.
    They rearranged the entire store and now it's like looking for a needle in a hay stack!
    As for what I buy, that's another 50/50. Same for if it's in stock.
    We also have a Hancock's Fabric here too and I found that JoAnn's has a much better selection of holiday prints than Hancocks but Hancock's takes JoAnn's coupons too.
    We have a Ben Franklin's and they have a great supply of fabric and it's good quality with a Wal-Mart price.
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    There are two stores close enough to our winter cottage in Central FL. One is fabulous! The Tavares JoAnn store is well stocked and managed by super staff. We all make this our "go to" location. The Lady Lake store (near the Villages) is awful. Though it is a large store they rarely have what I'm looking for and the staff is just not interested in helping. It always seems to be short staffed. I've even heard the manager yell at an employee over their headset system. One time I commented on the lack of something to the manager and she was very sarcastic and condescending. I avoid that store as do my other quilting friends. People have complained to the corporate offices but nothing changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiequilt View Post
    I have been to JoAnn's thousands of times and today was the first time I have gone there looking for 2 specific items. Both items were in stock, and drumroll, please, neither item was on sale!!!!

    I was able to use my 40% off and my 50% off coupons!

    I almost fainted!

    HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE - last time I went I could NOT use any coupons! So again HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE for you!!!

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    I've been to 5 Joann stores around the country, from WA State to Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama. I have never had a problem/issue with cutting, employees, coupon use, etc. Sometimes things are out of stock, but not enough to ever be an issue for me. And they all have nice restrooms.

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    Amazing! Everything at our JoAnn's is usually at least 10 % off except the things that are named on the coupons as being excluded. I have not been able to use a coupon for ages. Congratulations on your magnificent accomplishment! LOL

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    Tje last few times I've been in, they were out of stock on all of the items I was looking for. Not a good thing!

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    Talk about a miracle! The only time I have had that kind of luck is when I bought a Wilton cake pan, and I think they just plain forgot to put them on sale!

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