Is Cricut Access Worth it?
This is a common – and good – question among Cricut users.
I’ve certainly asked myself this question as well, so I feel like it’s a great topic to discuss.
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First off, for all your newbies – what is Cricut Access?
It is a subscription service offered by Cricut that gives you access to fonts, images, and other discounts.
Cricut Access has changed several times over the years. You might be familiar with this pricing structure:
However, as of October 2018, they have changed to a more simplified structure – and with that, they’ve eliminated the Cricut Access Fonts subscription. However, if you had that plan, you’ve automatically been upgraded at no cost to you, and you’ll be able to continue to use all those fonts – plus images – until you cancel. You can read more about the changes here.
Now, here are the most current plans that they offer:
Essentially, they have just eliminated the fonts package, as well as have a no strings attached monthly plan – along with two yearly plans that may have more of an investment up front but offer greater savings overall.
So first off, let’s discuss whether or not you should consider getting a Cricut Access subscription. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you often buy images or fonts from Cricut at-cost? If yes, Cricut Access is a great option. The cost of a couple fonts or images will definitely be paid for in the cost of the subscription.
- How frequently do you use your machine? If you use your machine infrequently (Less than 1-2 times a month), it may not be the best idea – especially if you
- How frequently do you buy physical products from Cricut? With your subscription, you get 10% off physical product purchases.
- What kind of projects do you make? Are the projects you are making font heavy – and do you like them to be more fun/fancy? Do you like to use more complex images (so, ones you couldn’t create yourself just using the shape tools?
- Do you create your own images? If you are pretty good at creating your own images and don’t plan to buy a lot, you probably don’t need a subscription.
- Do you buy images from elsewhere? Etsy is a great place to find cut files to use with your Cricut machine. They also offer a different variety. I recommend looking through different categories of images and seeing if you like the styles offered by Cricut.
- Are you comfortable downloading and installing fonts to your computer? You can find great fonts from DaFont and similar websites. If you are comfortable installing the fonts on your computer, this can be a good option. However, you always need to double check the licensing on fonts you download. It’s convenient to just have the fonts pre-installed!
- How many new fonts will you use? If you only have one or two fonts that you want to use, or you feel comfortable downloading fonts to your computer to be used in Design Space, buying a subscription solely for fonts might not be the best idea. However, if you want to have access to lots of Cricut fonts without having to deal with downloading them yourself, a subscription may be worth it.
I think that if you plan to use your machine a lot and you want the ease of having images and fonts ready at a moment’s notice without much effort on your part, Cricut Access is absolutely worth it. As you saw above, the most expensive plan is $9.99. Most fonts in Cricut Design Space are $4.99, and most images are around $1.99. That can add up quickly!
One thing to keep in mind is that if you cancel your subscription, you will lose access to the images and fonts you have used in the past. So if you want to have access forever to certain images and fonts, it might just be best to buy them right out.
Now, if you’ve decided that you want to try Cricut Access out, it’s time to decide what plan!
First off, you will need to decide if you want to pay monthly or upfront. If you want to pay monthly (no initial upfront payment), congratulations! Monthly is going to be the best option for you.
However, if you are fine with paying a little bit extra up front for more features, then you will be deciding between Annual and Premium.
If you look at the chart above, you can compare and contrast the differences above. With Annual, you will pay less throughout the year with a few less benefits. With Premium, you will pay $2 more, but you will get the added benefit of up to 50% off on licensed images, fonts, and ready to make projects, as well as free economy shipping and premium member support line.
Though keep in mind, if you use the code CLARKSCRICUT you will get 10% off and free shipping regardless 🙂
So, just to finish up, I wanted to do a brief recap of the Pros and Cons of Cricut Access:
- Easy – you have access to thousands of images and hundreds of beautiful fonts at the click of a button. No need to download fonts or images to your computer and mess around with uploading them to Cricut. I know people often have trouble uploading images and making them cut-able!
- Low cost – especially when you pay yearly
- Great variety – they have options for every occasion!
- Extra discounts on digital images and cartridges (that aren’t included in the subscription), as well as on physical product
- You pay the fee even if you don’t use it that month
- You lose access to the fonts and images if you cancel
- While it has a lot of fonts and images, it doesn’t have everything. You may find yourself heading over to Etsy for more complex designs, which would be an added cost.
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