We know that one of the biggest struggles of being obsessed with makeup is that visits to Ulta, CVS, Sephora, or your favorite department store (whether it’s in person or online) become a must. These places are the source for the makeup brands you can’t live without, and you spend way more money at them than you’d like to talk about. Today, we’re here to help you with your Ulta visits. Here are six ways to save money the next time you land on the website or pop into the store.
Join the Ulta Rewards Program.
If you haven’t done this yet, get on it. By becoming a program member, you can earn points on purchases, and get exclusive deals and discounts on products. Membership is free, and all you have to do is present your membership card at checkout if you’re in the store, or make sure your membership ID is included when you’re shopping online. Every dollar you spend counts as one rewards point, which you can use toward purchases, or, if you’ve saved up a bunch, you could get a product for free.
Don’t ignore or opt out of the emails once you become a member.
Because those Ulta emails might contain information about products that will earn you bonus points. Yup, bonus points means that the purchase of certain items earns you double the points, and sometimes you’ll have the chance to double up on bonus point offers. We’ll let this excerpt from its website explain: “On really pretty days, Ultamate Rewards may also offer a chance to combine two or more bonus offers on a qualifying purchase. When this occurs, base points are earned only once. For example, if a member buys $25 worth of a skin care product when we offer 2X points for that product, and another offer for 3X points on your entire purchase, the total points earned would be 100 points. Let’s do the beauty math: 25 base points + 25 bonus points from the 2X product specific bonus offer + 50 bonus points from the 3X on your entire purchase = 100 points.”
Use other manufacturers’ coupons at Ulta.
You’re going to want to start clipping coupons again. According to this blog, you can use the coupons you get in those ad circulators with your Sunday paper at Ulta. The person who wrote the blog says she likes to use the coupons she finds for hard-to-find nail polishes, Revlon, and Neutrogena at Ulta (Don’t forget, you’ll still get points for these purchases). You can even pair these coupons with Ulta coupons for a bigger deal.
Try to spend at least $450 at Ulta within a year.
This shouldn’t be hard for the true makeup lovers. Once you spend $450, you get to enter the special Platinum Status. No longer will you only get one point for every dollar you spend. Now you’ll get 1.25 points for every dollar spent. Also, while regular members’ points expire at the end of the quarter one year after the date they were acquired, platinum points last forever. They’ll also get you a special something for your birthday—you’ll not only get your usual birthday gift that all members get, but an extra present, too.
Hoard your points for as long as you can.
One Reddit user pointed out that it’s much smarter to hold on to your points for as long as you can instead of using them sparingly. She saved up 2,000 points and was able to snag the Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, and two Batiste dry shampoos for only $2.11. On a typical shopping trip, that would total up to $121! The user also makes a serious case for becoming a Platinum member and going to the Ulta salon. “The really great part about this is that I did not spend $2,000 to get 2,000 points. I earned most of them during the 10x points week for Platinum Members,” she writes. “I got a haircut, highlights, I took my husband for a haircut, and I bought all my shampoo, body wash, and random necessities, like stocking up on makeup wipes. If I spent $100 on my hair, that’s 1,000 points right there.”
Check Ulta’s “Buy More, Save More” page once a week.
This convenient page on the company’s website lists all of the sales and bargains that are going on. For example, right now you can buy three Stila Lip Glazes for $15, while supplies last. And if you buy one Tony Moly mask, you can get one for 50 percent off. Even better, if you buy one Mizani product, you can get one free. The page is full of deals. Never shop online at Ulta without checking it first.
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