Quilting and crafting can be an expensive little hobby. I know this because my wallet jumps out of my bag and tries to make a run for it every time I walk with 200m of a fabric store.
Customer reward programs are a dime a dozen, but can you really make them work for you? Some Reward Programs really do stack up and can save you heaps. Check out my comparison between two of Australia’s retail fabric giants, Lincraft and Spotlight.
Lincraft Member Rewards
Club Lincraft has real rewards and benefits for their members.
Signing up online or instore is easy and with an email address you can receive:
- $10 Lincraft Voucher each year on your Birthday
- Email notification of upcoming sales and sneak peeks of new products and offers
They also have a spend and reward point system. $1 = 1 point. Accumulate 250 points and you’ll receive a $10 Lincraft voucher.
But this is not just about fabric and craft supplies….
Need new bed sheets for the kids? Lincraft.
New towels for the bathroom? Lincraft.
Birthday present for one of the kids little friends? Lincraft.
House warming present for a mate? Cushion and a candle, Lincraft.
New textas and art books for school? Lincraft.
Halloween costume or Christmas decorations? Lincraft.
By simply changing where I would normally shop for these items, I am accumulating points. And once I’ve earned that voucher, you can bet I’m spending it on fabric during their next 50% off sale!
No Lincraft store close by? No worries!
Online shopping is easy with Lincraft. Free shipping within Australia for orders over $150, and a flat rate of $8.95. Keep in mind that they do charge additional shipping if you’re ordering bulky items such as window blinds or dressmaking models etc.
Spotlight VIP Members
You can sign up the be a Spotlight VIP Member online or in store. Becoming a VIP Member will enable you to receive:
- VIP only discounts
- Invites to special instore events and sales
- 10% off on your birthday
- Entry to email mailing list which contain exclusive offers
- Access to exclusive competitions and offers
Being on Spotlight’s mailing list will also mean your never miss a catalogue. Spotlight catalogues often come with coupons for discounts, sometimes as much as 40% off full priced items. Myself I saved buckets when buying new venetian blinds for my house with these coupons, but I digress.
With regards to sewing and crafting supplies, Spotlight’s sales and discounts can be generous and quite frequent.
If you are after specific items, you will need to scour your emails and catalogues to see if your coveted items are discounted in that particular sale. And if so? Stock up!
If you’re not close by a Spotlight store, head online and enjoy a flat rate of $8.99 delivery within Australia. Similarly to Lincraft, expect to pay more for bulky items.
I am lucky enough to live close by to both a Lincraft store and a Spotlight store. I am a member of both programs of course, and I shop at the store that has the best deal for whatever I need at any given time.
However there is one retailer in particular that I frequent more, based on their rewards program. Pardon the pun, but for my money… It’s Lincraft all the way.
The idea that I get real TANGIBLE money in the form of vouchers is just too good to pass. I am sure the savings are comparable given Spotlight’s very generous and frequent sales, but I can’t go past the buzz I get when the sales lady in Lincraft tells me I have a $20 voucher available and would she like me to print it? Well yeah I’d like you to print it!
And as I mentioned above, I shop Lincraft for home decor when I need to and their kids section is great for picking up crafting kits for birthday parties and Christmas. This will increase you accumulated points which equals CASH VOUCHERS. And if you’re thrifty like I am, you’ll hoard those little babies till the next 40% or 50% Lincraft Sale!