Sephora is one of my favorite places to purchase makeup. While I’m not a big in-store visitor, those open samples kind of gross me out, I shop online a lot.
Today I’m sharing seven ways to save money at Sephora, other than shopping the markdowns and sales of course. If you have any insider tips, please share with us in the comments.
Become an Insider – This loyalty program is free to join and you will receive a free gift on your birthday, extra freebies on online purchases and a point for every dollar spent both in-store and online. Those points can then be exchanged for special products. Make it VIB Status and you will receive some really cool stuff like free gift cards and store event invitations.
Shop Online – You get three free samples with any online purchase. Don’t forget to add those to your cart before checking out. You will also be able to use coupon codes on online purchases, and sometimes more than one! RetailMeNot is usually my go-to site for discount codes. And don’t forget shipping is free with qualifying orders.
In-Store Samples – You can also pick up samples at the store. You are limited to three from each department. Please be ethical in your sampling. Taking without ever making a purchase hurts everyone in the end.
Discounted Gift Cards – You know this clever hack, don’t you? Sites like Gift Card Granny allow gift card holders to resell unused cards or remaining credit. This can usually save you around 10%. You may be able to save more if you are willing (and able) to wait on an eBay auction listing.
Ebates– You have to sign up with Ebates. Have to. This allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases. Sephora typically earns 4% back but right now it is 8%. This adds up quickly if you shop online frequently. My most recent quarterly payment was just over $183. You can get it by check or redeem it for an Amazon gift card of the same value which is usually what I do. (P.S. Ebates frequently offers a $10 signup bonus to new registrants.)
Facebook – You must follow Sephora on Facebook and always check for new codes when placing an order on Friday. Fan Fridays can snag you some really cool deluxe samples. Last Friday is was a Deluxe Sample of Butter London Nail Fertilizer.
Returns – If you something you purchased doesn’t agree with you, take it back. Sephora takes returns in exchange for store credit.
bonus tip You can get a $5 rebate on in-store purchases right now through Ibotta.
What’s your favorite way to save money at Sephora?