Sephora is one of the top beauty retailers in the country, but their couponing policies can be confusing. You can sign up for their Beauty Insiders rewards program, but are you taking advantage of all the benefits it offers? We asked top coupon bloggers around the web to share their Sephora savings secrets. Here are their best tips:
Purchase gift and sampler sets to save money in the long run
This winning tip is from One Frugal Girl, of the blog OneFrugalGirl.com. Perfume is expensive, and it can be hard to know which perfume will smell the best on you in the long-run. A sample set gives you a few options to try, while also occasionally offering free full-sized bottles!
Purchase value and gift sets rather than individual items. You will save a ton of money by buying a box of items rather than buying each item individually. You can often save up to 60 or 70% by purchasing this way. If you like to wear perfume check out the Sephora perfume sampler sets which often include a certificate for a free full size bottle of your favorite perfume from the sampler. That’s right you can receive a full size bottle of your favorite perfume for free!
Join the Beauty Insiders program to get a free birthday gift
My favorite Sephora tip is their free gift on your birthday! Why? Because so many freebies on your birthday are free food from restaurants. Its always a special treat to get something other than food free—and Sephora’s gifts are always really unique too! Just sign up for their FREE Beauty Insider Club and you automatically get the coupon for the free gift on your birthday. You’re gonna love it! I keep a list of all the birthday freebies in our area here: www.frugallancaster.com/birthday-clubs/
Cash in your Beauty Insider points in-store
A little known fact worth repeating: If you’re a Beauty Insider of any level, you have to make a purchase online in order to cash in points for products. However, this isn’t the case in-store. You can just pop up at the counter, ask to trade them in, and walk out with a free mini haul.
Mark the semi-annual sales on your calendar
Anyone can become a Beauty Insider, but you have to spend a certain amount at Sephora throughout the year to become a VIB ($350) or VIB Rouge ($1,000) member. And Barbara Ritzman, of the blog Barbie’s Beauty Bits, found a way for these members to save.
Twice a year VIB and VIB Rouge members [note: these memberships require a certain amount to be spent at Sephora per year] get a 20% Off Discount. So save your must-have purchases for this time of year. Usually, happens in Spring time around March or April and November.
- No brand exclusions, which is the best part!
- No purchase limit you can make during this event.
- This discount works at Sephora instore and online, Sephora inside JCPenney locations but does not work on the JCPenney website.
Maximize your freebie haul, both in-store and online
Sephora is a great store for Freebies! Both online and in-store. Online, you get 3 free samples with every purchase, plus if you have codes you can get additional samples with each order. In-Store, the Sephora associates make fantastic samples. You can pretty much get take-home samples of anything in the store. You just have to ask and an associate will make you a sample. I believe you can get up to three samples per each category of items (even expensive eye creams! great way to save).
Sign up for free two-day shipping
Pay just $10 and get FREE 2 day shipping for 1 year. Even if you only order from Sephora two or three times a year, it more than pays for itself.
Stay on top of in-store events and classes
One time they were offering free up-dos in their salon. I scheduled an appointment. Then, took a new headshot for my website afterwards. Right now, they’re offering a free makeover and photo shoot combo. Pretty nice freebie. Here’s where they post the store events: https://www.sephora.com/store-locations-events?tab=events
They also offer lots of free classes. If there are makeup techniques that you want to learn, this is a great way to get hands-on advice from experts. There’s a class on teen makeup that would be really fun to take your daughter to. https://www.sephora.com/store-locations-events?tab=classes
Be socially active
Shayna Wiwerski says to keep tabs on Sephora’s social media sites for deals.
Check their Facebook page, they often post promo codes for extra products exclusive for Facebook users who like their page.
You can read more Sephora savings tips on the Sephora contest forum thread, and we’d like to congratulate @OneFrugalGirl for winning a $25 Sephora gift card for sharing the most interesting and original tip! Be sure to check out this week’s contest by posting your best savings tips at Macy’s.