Ulta + Coupons = Better Savings on Common Brands


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Ulta is to cosmetics, hair care and skin care what Home Depot is to appliances, hardware, and garden tools.

This comsmetics superstore has everything from common national brands (Revlon, Pantene) to those usually sold in department stores and salons (Smashbox, Urban Decay, Fekkai).  Ulta frequently distributes coupons in the Sunday paper or in fashion magazines, and it’s not unusual to find an offer of $3.50 off a purchase of $10 or more. There are few exclusions (usually on premium cosmetics) and most other sale merchandise is included.  You may not realize that most of these Ulta coupons can be used along with manufacturer’s coupons as long as the total purchase meets the required minimum.

Given that coupons are already plentiful for national brand haircare, skincare, and beauty products, you can stretch ten bucks pretty far at Ulta.  If you buy your family’s regular brands of shampoo, lotion and sunscreen here, you are bound to reach a minimum purchase of $10 or even $20 quickly.  Add an Ulta coupon on top of manufacturer’s coupons and you can score some great deals.

On a recent visit I bought lotion, shampoo, and mascara with $1 off coupons for each; after coupons, my total was almost $12, and then the Ulta coupon brought my total to less than $10 before taxes.  I’ve previously used an Ulta coupon to purchase professional shears (already on sale) for $6, perfect to snip bangs in between appointments.

Of course, the temptation is to use your savings for a splurge on the upscale products like a luminizing foundation primer or luxurious make up brush.  Well, what would be wrong with that?  This is a guilt-free way to parlay the savings from boring body wash into a new shade of nail polish.

Birmingham’s Ulta location is in Hoover at the Patton Creek shopping center behind the Riverchase Galleria.

BirminghamMom tip:  Beauty junkies know the most universally flattering shade of blush is by NARS.  Just the name of this shade is blush-worthy; you’ll recognize it as well as its coordinating lip color.