Is Walmart Cheaper for Yarn?

Is It Cheaper to Buy Yarn on Walmart

Make a name for yourself and then just sit back and reap the benefits. I heard this from my dad most of my life. Is that what happened to Walmart. They’re known by their low price advertisement. But is this true when it comes to yarn or is it just a perception? Watch this 3 minute video that might give you a good idea.

The Power of Coupons

Is walmart cheaper

The biggest issue with buying your yarn at Walmart is that they do not accept coupons. Watch the video above for how this affects your purchase.

To Get Coupons Use the Links Below:

Joann’s: Click HERE

Michael’s: Click HERE


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Comments: 22

  1. Gayle Rogers January 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I just wanted to say I just now found your website and I’m just now starting to learn how to knit on looms and you are really awesome and so helpful!
    Thank you for all your wonderful information

    • Denise Canela January 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thank YOU Gayle ! Welcome to the family.

  2. Deb January 8, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I still think walmart is cheaper , in most cases I purchase more than one ball so if the coupon only covers one ball of yarn your still paying a lot more from another store ,so walmart seems to be the go to for me anyway as Michaels doesn’t carry any Bernat premium so walmart would get most of my business 😁

    • Denise Canela January 16, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Deb – you can use more then one coupon – they just have to have different SKU numbers – so if you have competitor coupons and the store coupon you can use them all.

  3. Nancy December 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I get mine from Jo-Ann’s or Michaels. I always check online while at the store for a coupon and I have always found one. The last coupon I had for Jo-Anns’ got me $20 worth of free yarn. (Save $20 on a purchase over $75).

  4. Anonymous December 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    for me it depends on what I want to buy and what area I shop in. If they sell it at walmart in the color you want it will likely be cheaper than joannes or micheal’s even with a coupon. Thinking of the hometown yarn. I use it a lot and they sell it very cheap at most walmarts. Not as big a variety as some Joannes however.

  5. Teq December 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I have bought some great yarn from thrift stores. The yarn is from the craft stores and other stores that sell yarn. Sometimes the yarn is sold at the thrift store because someone returned it and they can’t resell it, it might not have a label on it or something is wrong with it. I have bought some really nice name brand yarn from thrift stores I would not normally afford.

  6. Mary Fiedler December 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Miss Moseley, you may want to check at Joann’s the first of the year for their calendar it costs less than $5.00 and it has a lot of coupons for the year. I’m getting ready to use one where you save $100.00 on a $200.00 purchase. No limit on the number of skeins you can get.So I’ll be paying $100.00 for Bernat yarn that would normally cost $290.00 regular price, not bad for saving at Joanns.

  7. Sam December 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    It isn’t necessarily true that WalMart doesn’t accept coupons –they do, but they accept manufacturer’s coupons. They do not print “store” coupons. Therefore, part of the problem actually stems from the fact that yarn companies do not (at least not that I have ever seen!) print coupons. What you said about Price Matching is true however; if there is a PRINTED PRICE (such as 2 for $10 on X Brand Yarn), they will honor that. They will not however honor “25% off Y Brand Yarn”. If you have a local Craft store (my former store always considered “30 miles” to be local), check their print flyers for ‘deals’, and compare. WalMart is often checking them as well and will lower theirs over the duration of a competitors sale, but it’s not uncommon for them to miss some.
    Also not factored into this question are:
    -transportation factors (is it cheaper or the same to drive to one store over another? Do I have other shopping I need to do? Is someone else driving me or tagging along on my trip?),
    -shopping in-store vs. online (is the yarn available via store pick-up, or do I have to pay shipping? Is the online price the same as the in-store (because it isn’t always! And they do not price match themselves!)?),
    -selection. You’re almost always going to get a better yarn selection at the craft store over WalMart.

    Also, for those who are saying their craft areas at Walmart are dwindling: CONTACT THE STORE MANAGER or even Corporate (You can call 1-800-WALMART)! They take customer satisfaction very seriously. The more people who tell them about missing products (and therefore: revenue they’re missing out on), the more likely they are to take their craft sections more seriously in the future. And contacting HQ about a specific store DOES get back to store in question.
    (For the record: I worked at a WalMart for 6 years; as a cashier and trainer, an O/N stocker, and then later in customer service. I often had to explain a lot of these pricing policies to customers. I finally quit in 2013.)

  8. Claudette December 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    sorry for my english

    If you have a coupon, it’s written on the coupon “Limit one coupon per product per day” You can buy only one ball of yarn. You must come another day to buy another ball of yarn if you need more than one !

    At WalMart, you can buy everything you need for your project. You will buy on one time and save the cost of traveling.

    All this supposing that you will not stay at Michaels’ side and supposing that WalMart have the yarn you wish !

    I don’t know if the operation of your coupons is the same than in Quebec !

  9. Melissa December 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Number one: I buy at Walmart, Joann’s and Michael’s. I found that if I need to go to Michael’s for anything it is not for yarn, the selections just aren’t there and their focus is everything and anything crafty the yarn isles there are about the same size as their other departments, Joann’s has a great variety of yarn but their main focus is the fabrics they carry with a limited yarn department, Walmart is dismal with their dwindling yarn displays. I have no AC Moore near me at all, as a matter of fact I have never seen one in my life and Michael’s and Joann’s are 20+ miles away from my home. My opinion is that your opinion is based solely on your area where you live. I do not even have a LYS near me, I would have to travel 50+ miles to the nearest one. While I know Walmart is dismal and dank with their yarn department, it is the only place nearest me where I can get my yarn.

    • Denise Canela December 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Melissa, I left out the fact that this information holds true not just in-store but also online.

      • Melissa December 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

        Ok, but you see I do not buy online at Joann’s because their shipping is usually more costly than the items. They ship off a standard system that is way off what I would get at Joann’s itself, I costs me gas to get there, their shipping is like 5 gallons per item. Even if I chose ship to store, I would spend more gas than going to Walmart (5 miles V.S. 20+ Miles). I have a limited income, I live off Social Security which, by the way, is in danger of getting cut. Although I would love going to Joann’s over any other craft stores out there, I simply can’t. I do value your opinion, I admire you making the video as well, most designers and crafters would not do this. I am just personally unable to do it, and just wanted to let others in my position know that sometimes we, as crafters, have to deal with the cards dealt us.

  10. Stitching Hands December 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I live in a very remote community. No Michaels, or Hobby Lobby, or Joann’s. All we have is Walmart. Our craft selection is rather dismal and I often have to buy yarn on-line. What you really have to watch out for is the shipping. I tried to buy Lionbrand from Walmart once and the shipping was over $25.00!!!! and the order did not qualify for site-to-store!!!! If you buy yarn from Walmart, try to stick with Red Heart or Caron, and go for what is on sale or on clearance. Often times you can get a better deal by going to Red Heart or Lion Brand directly. They always have BoGo offers and will often throw in free shipping.

  11. Carol Maple December 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I always shop for yarn at Michael’s and Joann’s because of the great coupons for 40, 50, and 60% off. I get coupons in the mail, in my email, and on the website. I use one of each coupon (including competitor’s coupons) per purchase to get multiple items at the same time. I like to get the one pound of yarn so that I get more yarn for my money. If necessary, I go to the store multiple times before the coupons expire because you can use the ones on the website over and over again. I stock up on supplies when I have coupons and never buy yarn, looms, or other craft supplies at full price. I also wait for the 50% off sales to stock up.

  12. RENE LACOMBE December 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    No My helpfull Denise, you’re not wrong it means that we have to the price every time.
    From your truly mr Rene Lacombe from Canada.

  13. Deborah Moseley December 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I watch your 3 minute take on yarn being cheaper at Wal-Mart. Here’s my take. Joann’ s and Michael’s seldom give the price off on more than 1 skein at a time so if you need more then 1 skein you can only get 1 at whatever the % off is the rest you pay full price. Not really much of a savings.

    • Denise Canela December 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Deborah – you can use more then one coupon per purchase at Joann’s and Michael – the coupons must have different SKU’s. So sign-up for other craft stores, collect your coupons and take them with you. Say you need 3 skeins – have one coupon from Joann’s, 1 from Michael’s and 1 from AC Moore and you can buy all three at one time. Of course, you would not be able to use all three coupons for 1 skein.

      • Janet December 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        You use other stores coupons?

        • Denise Canela December 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

          Yes – in fact when I need more then 1 skein I will use a Joann’s and a coupon from another store for the second skein you can use as many coupons as you have available as long as they all have different SKU numbers.

  14. Angelica Kidd December 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Thank you so much for this helpful video! 🙂

    • Denise Canela December 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you – for the Thank you Angelica !

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