Save Serious Cash at Ulta – Follow These 10 Tips

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Want to save big at Ulta stores? We don’t blame you. Cosmetics can get pretty costly. Use these tips to save money when shopping for makeup, hair care products, and more.

1. As always, sign up for the loyalty program. Become an Ultamate Rewards member ASAP. If you spend $450 or more in a year, you’ll be upgraded to Platinum status, too. Platinum earns you more rewards points, bigger discounts, and more coupons.

2. Refer your friends. When you get one of your friends to sign up for the rewards program, you’ll BOTH get rewarded with a $10 off $30 coupon. (Bonus tip: you can still get gift-with-purchase deals when using your $10 off coupon.)

3. Once you’re signed up, don’t unsubscribe. Members receive special notifications whenever there’s a special offer. They tend to send $3.50 off $10/$15 coupons often.

4. Download the app. You’ll always have coupons on hand for when you’re shopping in-store.

5. Save on drugstore items. Got a manufacturer’s coupon? Use it in conjunction with your $3.50 off $15 coupon. Yep, that’s right, you can stack them.

6. Shop in physical Ulta stores for the biggest savings. Not only can you use manufacturers coupons in person (you can’t online), you’ll also find more markdowns and sales. Look for red stickers for the best savings.

7. Shopping online? Search for “gift with purchase” items to find awesome freebies.

8. Another online shopping tip is to wait ‘til Wednesday. Watch for “beauty breaks” – oftentimes it’s basically a flash sale on prestige bundles.

9. Look for the 20% off prestige coupons. Ulta sends these out about 3-4 times a year to Ultamate Rewards members. Platinum members get about 5 a year.

Bonus: These say they’re single-use coupons, but the in-store and online codes are different. Use your 10-digit online purchase code first, then take the coupon to a brick and mortar store to use it again.

10. Wait for the one-day sales. Ulta has special one-a-day calendar sales. Usually, Ulta runs its “21 Days of Beauty” sale in March and again in September. Watch out for these and get ready to take up to 50% off selected prestige products.

(They also have special events for haircare products typically in January, May, July, and October.)