10 Ways to Save Money at Ulta Beauty

From common sense advice to little known stuff, these money-saving tips could help you look good on a budget.

Ulta Beauty retail store

With about a thousand locations, Ulta Beauty runs one of the biggest chains of beauty stores in the United States. The company has a strong following and it continues to grow, both online and offline, with new stores opening every year.

Say you like Ulta — or want to try them out — we want to help you buy stuff from them in a frugal manner, without spending more than necessary. You will still be able to experiment, but will also know that your money isn’t wasted. Here are…

10 Tips to Help You Save at Ulta Beauty

Combining a few of these tips could save you hundreds per year…

1. Sign-up for Ultamate Rewards
By doing so you will be earning one point per every dollar spent at any Ulta store or at Ulta’s website. Also, when you sign-up for Ulta’s email newsletter, you will be able to earn 2X, 3X and even 5X bonus points on specific purchases. Once earned, points can be redeemed for dollars off future purchases at Ulta, which makes them almost as good as cash. In addition, if you spend $450 in a calendar year, you will be upgraded to the Platinum membership. From there, you will be earning points 25% faster and get many other goodies, including a $10 coupon for your birthday, and access to even more exclusive offers.

2. Check out the deals
There are a few sections to visit at Ulta’s website for deals. One of them, called “Current Ad,” lists weekly updated special offers that appear in Ulta Beauty’s circulars. There are quite a few products listed there, so you better check that page thoroughly before spending a single dime. If that’s not enough for you, check out the “Sale & Coupons” page.

3. Know the return policy
It is rather simple, allowing you to return opened cosmetics with the 60-day return window. It reads: “If you’re not completely satisfied with a product for any reason, just return the product to us for a full refund.” And if your purchase included a free gift, you may keep it even after returning the main item you bought. There are a few caveats, so you better read the full policy from here.

4. Use different kinds of coupons
Good starting point for this is Coupons.com which lists Ulta’s own coupons as well as those issued by manufacturers — cause Ulta will accept both kinds of coupons. For manufacturer-issued coupons check out the “Personal Care” category at Coupons.com where you can find coupons for the likes of Aveeno, Cetaphil, Clairol, Gillette, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Olay, Schick and many others.

5. Buy pre-owned Ulta Beauty gift cards

Use a service like Gift Card Granny or Raise to buy a pre-owned gift card for less and save up to 10 percent! At the time of writing this article that kind of savings was available for Ulta Beauty gift cards. It could go both ways from there… (Related: 7 Gift Card Hacks to Help You Save Money)

6. Consider the Ultamate Rewards Mastercard
Ulta Beauty offers two kinds of credit cards: Ultamate Rewards credit card and Ultamate Rewards Mastercard. It is the latter that makes more sense, offering 1 point for every $1 spent at Ulta Beauty, and 1 point for every $3 spent outside of Ulta Beauty. Also, new cardmembers get 500 Welcome Bonus Points when they spend $500 in the first 90 days outside of Ulta Beauty, plus 20% off their first purchase at Ulta Beauty. There is no annual fee, and the APR is variable of 17.74%, 23.74%, or 26.74%.

7. Use a cash-back site
Ebates is the number one website for getting cash-back on many of your purchases. Right now, it is offering 3 percent cash-back on select purchases at Ulta Beauty. Also, the site lists few Ulta deals so you may want to check it out. Generally speaking, you should use Ebates for just about anything you buy.

8. Install the Ulta Beauty app
It gets you “beauty fix – anytime, anywhere.” You can use it to shop while on the go, get inspired and “have fun.” Also, the app provides access to your Ultamate Rewards account, as well as weekly coupons, exclusive offers and mailers. Plus, if you have an iPhone and the Apple Watch, you get to access some of that content on your wrist, which we find pretty cool.

9. Follow Ulta Beauty on social media
This is where you can scoop additional deals and coupons. Ulta is present on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Make sure to follow, like and subscribe to their stuff to be among the first ones to know when the deal is on. Also, this will let you keep up with all the events Ulta is organizing throughout the country.

10. Use the Ibotta app
It is one of the most popular shopping apps out there that “pays you cash for everyday purchases.” Available for both the iPhone and Android-based devices, the free to download application offers rebates for purchases at a number of stores, including Ulta Beauty. At the time of writing this article, Ibotta featured more than a dozen rebates for Ulta, each worth $2 or $3.

Final word

Whether you are looking to buy makeup, fragrance, bath, body, skin, hair or nail care — Ulta Beauty is the place you should check. And with the tips outlined in this article, you can do that and save some money along the way.

We don’t think our list is set in stone, so if you have something to add, feel free to do that in the comments form below. Let’s join forces to save even more. 😉

Also read: How to Look Good and Save Money

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