How I got $200 worth of perfume (almost) FREE!

Those that know me in real life know that once you get me talking about Ulta Beauty’s rewards program I won’t shut up about it! It’s for a good reason though – it’s the best beauty rewards program out here, at least in my humble opinion. The money¬† you spend turns into rewards dollars which you can use to buy the products you’ve been eyeing – and if you spend wisely your points will add up VERY quickly. Read more to learn how to maximize your beauty rewards!

THE BASICS

It’s fairly simple: free to sign up, $1 = 1 point, and you can start redeeming points as soon as you have 100. Platinum members get 1.5 points for every dollar spent. If you’re approved for, and use the Ulta credit card, $1 = 2 points.

Here’s the chart detailing how you can redeem your points:

NOW THAT WE’VE GOT THAT DOWN…

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR EMAIL!! The beauty of this program (see what I did there…) is that Ulta offers bonus points all the time! The biggest bonus points offers happen twice a year. In August, Platinum members can get 10x points on thousands of items. Platinum members get another chance to cash in on 10x points on selected items in November. Promotions offering 5x’s points for certain brands or categories (skin care, perfume, etc) are offered multiple times throughout the year. So, if a platinum member using their Ulta credit card spends $175 during a 10x points promotion, they would earn 2012 points (175 base points, 1575 bonus points, 87.5o platinum points, and 175 credit card points). That’s enough for $125 off your next purchase! Spend wisely, and take advantage of the promotions my friends!

SAVE YOUR POINTS!

The longer you hold onto your points, the more they’re worth! Don’t believe me? Here’s the breakdown:

As you can see, you points hold the most value at 2000, when they’re each worth a little over six cents. If you want to maximize the value of your points, save them until you reach 2000, or more, and then redeem 2,000 at a time.

TIME TO REDEEM!

I love perfume, but I hate spending lots of money on it. That’s why I used my points to get two of my favorite scents! At the time of my purchase I had 2950 points which could be redeemed for $161 off a purchase. To maximize my dollars, I waited until Ulta had a 20% coupon that could be used on fragrance. Here’s how it worked out:

LISTEN – I was so happy with myself after this purchase!!! I could have used all my points and spent $6 instead of $36.68, but I couldn’t bare to let them all go!! I hope you’ve learned some money saving tips, and please let me know if you put them to good use!

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