Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to Inexpensively Start/Expand Your Makeup Collection

Ways to save money when buying cosmetics (or any personal care item):
  • Use coupons & combine them with store sales for maximum savings
  • Always look for coupon codes when you make a purchase online
  • Enter giveaways on YouTube & blogs (can also enter contests on Facebook by liking certain brands)
  • Swap makeup you don't use with a friend/family member

A few examples of what I bought this week as well as the coupons/deals used for each:

I bought all of these things at Target (top row) and Ulta (bottom row).
  • Ulta
    • I used a $3.50 off $10 purchase coupon so I had to make sure my purchase totaled $10
    • The Physician's formula matte eyeshadow palette was $6.69 & I used a $5 off any Physician's formula product so this ended up being $1.69
    • Ulta was having a 40% off sale on Nyx this week so each of the 2 jumbo lip pencils were $2.69 apiece (normally $4.50 apiece), the Nyx lipstick was $2.39 (normally $4.00)
    • I had to buy the trial sized body wash for $0.69 to get my total to $10 & not go over by very much (it was on sale from $1.25)
    • Total came to: $10.15 & I used my $3.50 off a purchase of $10 coupon so I ended up paying $6.65 before tax
    • I paid: $6.65, Retail value: $20.94 (68% off)
  • Target
    • I had a $1.50 off 2 NYC products coupon. NYC nail polishes are $0.97 apiece at Target so after the coupon I only paid $0.44 for both so they were $0.22 per bottle.
    • The Physician's Formula eye makeup remover was $4.24 & I had another $5 any Physician's Formula purchase so I used that & it ended up being free.
    • I had a $0.75 off any pack of Orbit gum that I printed from the Target website. The gum retailed for $0.99. I got it for $0.24
    • I paid: $0.68 before tax, Retail value: $7.17 (91% off)

I bought all of these things at Walgreens & Target.
  • Walgreens
    • I had 2 coupons for the Clean & Clear body wash (1 Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the Sunday paper & 1 $2 any C&C product coupon from the C&C website). The body wash was $5.99 a bottle regularly so after the B1G1F coupon & the $2 off coupon I only paid $2 per bottle or $4 total for both bottles when it would have been $12 without the coupons.
    • Walgreens had a special this week for Buy 1 Get 1 Free Schick Hydro products. The shave gel was normally $4 per bottle so I used 2 $1 off coupons I printed from Schick's Facebook page. Therefore, I only paid $2 total or $1 per bottle. Retail value: $8
    • The Carefree pads were on sale at Walgreens for $0.99. You get a Register Reward (a gift card you can use on your next purchase at Walgreens) for $0.99 so it was free.
    • I paid: $6.99 . Retail value $20.99
  • Target
    • The Dove body was was on the clearance rack for $3.48 & I had a $1 off coupon from the Sunday paper so it was $2.48. Retail value: $5
    • The Listerine mouthwash was on clearance for $1.48. Retail value: $3
    • The Suave shampoo was on sale for $1.84 a bottle & I had a 2 $1 off a bottle of men's Suave haircare. I paid $1.68. Retail value: $3.68
    • I paid: $5.64 . Retail value: $11.68

How to get the most out of using coupons:
  • Make sure you know what different stores' coupon policies are
  • Sometimes you can stack a store's coupon with a manufacturer's coupon on the same item (it will say at the top Manufacturer's coupon if it is)
  • Some sites where you can print coupons online
  • Look in your Sunday paper for coupons to clip
  • Always look at weekly ads on the stores' websites every week so that you can see if their sales match up with the coupons you have


  1. i've recently been getting into couponing and the other day I saved $25 at my Walgreens plus I earned $15 worth of register rewards! Love coupons!

  2. I love this post. I have been really getting into coupons now. I like how you have them in a cute little portfolio. I will definitely be stealing that idea. <3