How to Save big at Ulta
Ulta is loved by those who enjoy finding cosmetics from luxurious brands alongside simple brands and get deals on both. Sephora features more upscale beauty products with not much in between, leaving fewer products for people with budget constraints. Ulta on the other hand has many opportunities for savings and we love it for that. Read on to learn some savings tips and ways to get more for less:
1. How does Ultamate Rewards Program work?
Don't even begin shopping there without the free membership of this program. All members get $3.50 off $15 twice a month, 1 point per $1 spent, and free birthday gift. If you spend over $450 per year, you become Platinum member and get $10 off for your birthday. Big spenders ($1,200/year) are Diamond members and enjoy free shipping and $25 worth of beauty service for free in addition to all other perks.
2. Do I get rewarded with Friend referral program?
If your friend joins the Ultamate Rewards Program through you, you both will get $15 off your first $30 and over salon visit.
3. Should I sign up for emails?
If you plan on doing any shopping at Ulta, do sign up for their email service and enjoy all kinds of coupons. All Platinum and Diamond members receive personalized coupon codes while everybody also get free shipping, $3.50 off $15, 20% off deluxe brands, and gifts with purchase deals. Ulta allows stacking, so you can collect a few offers and then head to the store to cash them all in. Bonus points days are also announced via emails.
4. When is the best time to use $3.50 off $15 coupon?
The biggest savings come from using this coupon on drug-store brands and Ulta brand items.
5. What should I use 20% off coupon on?
To get the most savings, spend this coupon on prestige brands, like Dior, Chanel, Armani, Urban Decay, Benefit, Tarte, LORAC, Two Faced, and similar. Those brands don't get discounted very often, except holidays, when you can get some products at 75% off. The rest of the time 20% is as good as it gets. This kind of coupon arrives 5 times each year for Platinum members and 3-4 for regular.
6. Is the app worth downloading?
Yes, because you can shop through it and it also stores all your coupons, so they are always with you.
7. How can I get freebies?
The best way to go about it is by stacking manufacturer coupons with Ulta coupons, such as $3.50 off $15, this way your savings will essentially make the second item free. Make sure you do that in-store as manufacturer coupons are not accepted online.
8. How does a gift with purchase work?
Ulta runs plenty of such deals all the time both in store and online, so you should do some research before shopping and choose the products that receive a promotional free gift with purchase.
9. Should I shop in-store or online for the best deals?
You can't use manufacturer coupons online and can't stack them, so in-store is your best option. Clearance section is usually better in-store too, where you can save up to 75%.
10. When is the best time to shop online?
If you have to do it online, shop during Ulta's weekly "beauty breaks" that happen on Wednesdays, between 8 am and 2 pm Pacific time. Those deals usually include bundles of brand items.
11. How can I get free shipping?
Platinum members get free shipping all the time, but even if you are not one of them, you can still get it if you add "free shipping with this item" products to your cart.
12. What can I save on during the Jumbo Love event?
This event is all about shampoo and conditioners. Brands like Redken, Matrix, Biolage, and TIGI sell large bottles of hair care products with up to 72% discounts, so you should never miss this twice per year event. In May and October Ulta holds its Gorgeous Hair Event with up to 50% off regular prices, so this is your second best.
13. Are Ulta Beauty Holiday Gift Sets priced affordably?
Yes, these sets are absolutely the best buys ever, especially if you can use $3.50 off $15 coupon. Those $200 worth gift sets are already priced at $19.99 and with the coupon you can get them for as little as $16.49.
14. What kind of discounts do Ulta employees get?
Working at Ulta is probably the best way to save. All employees get 25% off products and 50% off salon services. They can also collect reward points. If you don't want to work there, at least make some friends and enjoy overstock of gifts and extra coupons.
15. How do Ulta returns work?
The store has no questions asked return policy, which means that you can return everything in 60 days as long as you have your receipt and at least 80% of product left in the container. This applies to beauty products and even tools.
16. Can I use cash back apps?
Yes, you can and you should. Download Ibotta and shop Ulta through it to get up to 4% cash back. That's 4% savings for doing nothing!
17. What are the best brands to buy at Ulta?
Some of the prestige brands get deep discounts at Ulta from time to time, so you should definitely shop Tarte, Benefit, and BareMinerals there. Some of them are up to 75% off and you can still use your 20% coupon.
18. What about travel size products?
Those are not a good buy anywhere and Ulta is no exception. You would be better off just looking for regular size items with coupons than buying sample size products for a lot more.
19. Should I get Ulta credit card?
No, this credit card does not offer as good of the cash back benefits than some other cards on the market.
20. How much can I expect to save?
If you are not going to save at least 70%, you should not even start shopping at Ulta. Shop Jumbo Sale, Black Friday, always use coupons, and you can save even more.
21. Does Ulta take discounted gift cards?
Yes, you should shop for discounted gift cards on sites like Gift Card Granny and save as much as 10% sometimes. Then you can combine these discounted gift cards with cash back offers and coupons for extra great deals.
22. When is the best time shop in-stores?
The new deals start on Sunday, so get to the store then and enjoy the biggest selection on discounted merchandise.
23. How good are the discounts at clearance?
You can always save at least 50% on Ulta and prestige brands products on clearance online and in-store.
24. What should you shop for during winter holiday season?
Many gift sets get discounted before Christmas and separate items go on $5 sale for Black Friday, which lasts until Christmas. Shop with $3.50 off $15 coupon and you will definitely be happy with the total price.