Once you’re a broke college student, you remain one for life. Money is always on our mind and we’re always learning. That’s great though because our good spending habits will come in handy when life gets too expensive. I apply this to makeup and stumbled across couponing. My mom and I started watching some YouTube videos on beginner couponing and got some makeup for the low!
Beginner couponing is a great way to build a makeup collection. You can get many good deals on skincare, hair care and beauty products. Household items can be scored for good prices too — my mom basically got Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent for $1. If something is on sale, there’s usually a good offer attached to it with coupons so you can save even more! Watch the channels I recommended; they’re super helpful!
Here are our tips:
- Sign up for CVS and Walgreens cards. The app lets you add digital coupons and see the weekly ad. CVS lets you rack up Extra Bucks Rewards depending on what you buy. For example, the current weekly ad has an for offer for $5 Extra Bucks when you buy $15 worth of e.l.f. cosmetics. It’s basically cash back for you to spend at CVS on almost anything (alcohol, gift cards and cigarettes are excluded).
- Download Ibotta and Flip. Ibotta allows you to scan the receipt to receive some cash back. You can only cash out when you reach $20 and you can link it to PayPal.
- Get the Sunday newspaper (yeah, that’s still a thing lol). It costs $3 at easily accesible places like Walgreens, but the amount of coupons you get basically makes it free. And once a month, P&G releases a bundle of great coupons. Act fast; the newspapers run out fast! x
- Watch couponing YouTubers. These YouTubers also give additional tips for beginner couponing and make it easy for anyone! They’ll tell you all the coupons you need and in what order to give them to the cashier to scan.
- Elaborating on the last point, be mindful of the order of the coupons. Dollar off totals (e.g. $3 of $12 of cosmetics at CVS) go first. Percentage off coupons (if you have them) go next. Lastly, coupons for individual items follow!
- If you have coupons that give you a gift card based on a purchase amount (e.g. $5 gift card at Target for a $20 beauty purchase) give it first if its a print coupon. Places like Publix need it first because the cash register won’t recognize it at the end even if the total purchase amount before coupons met the requirement. If it’s a digital coupon, the cash register will automatically apply it.
- Coupons don’t waive taxes. Even if your order is totally free, you will still be required to pay for taxes. P.S. CVS Extra Bucks can’t be used to pay for taxes!
My Coupon Hauls Hehe
Keeping these beginner couponing tips in mind, I was able to get 6 items for $20 about 2 weeks ago at CVS. I got 2 Garnier Sheet Masks, 2 Garnier Skin Active Face Washes, L’Oréal Lash Paradise and L’Oréal Brow Stylist. First, I used a $4 off $12 of L’Oréal Cosmetics and the whole brand was buy one get one 50% off. Next, I used a $2 off $7 Garnier Skin Active purchase. Lastly, I used a 20% off total purchase coupon that was mailed to me.
Aaaaanddd when my mom bought the Sunday newspaper, it brought some Wet N Wild coupons. I got their Lash Renegade Mascara and new cushion foundation for only 84¢!!! I used a $4 off $10 of Wet N Wild coupon, a 50¢ off any Wet N Wild product coupon and $2 off any Wet N Wild foundation. Luckily for me, Wet N Wild was buy one get one half off! Also, I used $5.50 in CVS Extra Bucks. My order was free so all I had to pay for was tax 🤑
Let me know if you like these kinds of posts! I can share my mom’s and I’s mini coupon hauls as they come up.
Thanks for reading! 💋