Friday, February 27, 2015

Pretty Penny - Ulta

The Beauty Puff's Pretty Penny Series is designed to help you save money!  Whether it is a comparison of high end products vs. drugstore or how to use coupons to save... The Beauty Puff is here to help!  Today we are focusing on how to get the most from Ulta and its rewards program!  If you are not familiar with their rewards program click here!

Follow these easy tips, BEAUTY!

Break up your purchases
Everyday Essentials
Always check out sale items
Use coupons and rewards
Take your time
You go platinum!

Break up your purchases

This tip works specifically with coupon eligible items.  If you aren't running out of things and can get a little at a time, breaking up your purchases and using applicable coupons can help you save even more money!  You can use the coupons mailed to you and also print them on their website for even more savings!

Everyday Essentials

Running out of body wash, shampoo, hand soap or any other essential?  Buying these items throughout the year (with coupons of course!) will help you rack up points to later redeem on bigger ticket items like high end palettes and sets!  Remember - money earned through reward points can be used on absolutely anything!

Always check out sale items

Drugstore "level" makeup typically costs more at Ulta than, for example, Walmart.  Consider the price of Maybelline Fit Me concealer at Ulta... and then at Walmart (Ulta - $6.99 originally; Walmart $5.48 originally at the time of this post).  If you are buying just one, yes, Walmart is a better deal.  However, if Ulta has their buy two get one free sale (as they are at the time of this post), you could get three for $10.48 if you use their $3.50 off coupon.  That's only  about $3.50 each! (plus tax)  What a deal!

Use coupons and rewards

If you haven't already guessed, The Beauty Puff LOVES coupons!  In addition to their store coupons ($3.50 off $10 or 20% off one item etc.)  Ulta also accepts manufacturer coupons!  So for the above example, if you have a $1 off Maybelline coupon from your Sunday paper, it would be applied to your order first.  If your total is still above $10, you can use your $3.50 off coupon.  So, for deal above, it would bring your total down to $9.48 for THREE concealers.  You can also use your money earned through their rewards program with any purchase whether it be sale, clearance, or high end item!  See how I used these tips below!

loreal infallible setting spray - the beauty puff

L'oreal Infallable Makeup Extender Spray - I got 50% off!
Ulta's original price: $16.99
Coupons: Manufacturer's coupon from Sunday's paper: $2 and $3.50 Ulta coupon
New price: $11.49  PLUS using $3 reward earned from 100 points = $8.49!!

Take your time

Have you ever made a big purchase on Ulta's website only to see a "gift with purchase" offer a few hours later?  If only you had waited!  Being patient for deals and perks at Ulta can really pay off!  Ulta is constantly coming out with amazing perks and deals so you won't have to wait long.  Whether it is a gift with purchase on their site or 2X/3X points on any purchase to help you rack up reward points, it always pays to be patient!

You go platinum!

With all these deals in mind, you will be surprised how quickly your purchases add up and you could soon qualify for Platinum membership!  What does this mean and how do you get there?  If you spend $400 over the course of a calendar year your member ship goes Platinum.  That means, you will then earn points faster (1.25 pts for every $1 spent instead of just 1 pt), get exclusive deals (earn 3X pts on any purchase or coupons you can use on anything!), and get 2 birthday gifts!  Remember to have your birthday entered in your account in order to receive the birthday gift!  You will get an email the month of your birthday with details/how to redeem.

Hopefully you enjoyed these tips for getting the most out of Ulta!  If you missed the last Pretty Penny featuring eye primers, click here!

Love,
The Beauty Puff

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