Like most women, we use a combination of high end products combined with a few items from the drug store. As they say over the pond, "High Street vs. Main Street" products. In London, they have stores like Boots, and Superdrug. Here in the U.S., we have Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS. If you are U.S. based, then we can show you how to score free (or almost free) make-up from time to time. Getting set up requires initial effort, but it's worth it to get free deals like these:
|Free Maybelline Baby Lips & Free Maybelline Great Lash Mascara|
- Walgreens has Balance Rewards.
- Rite Aid has Plenti (which you can also use at other stores like Macy's, or at Mobile gas stations, etc.)
- CVS has Extra Care (which gives ExtraBucks Rewards to use like cash.)
Walgreens and Rite Aid have a point system that links to your cards. You can use the points you've earned on transactions to bring down the balance due. Simple.
CVS is a little more labor intensive. It's not hard, and it's worth it.
Once you have the CVS card, hang onto it. Download their app, and link it to your card right away. Often, you need to scan your card at the red CVS kiosk located in stores to print additional coupons (like this week's $3 off $15 beauty purchase.) The app will give you additional coupons which you can send electronically to your card. (Right now, it's an additional $3 off $15 beauty purchase.)
|We scored FREE Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser at CVS|
You can also sign up for your cards online. If you are a 'get it done while I'm thinking about it' kind of person, this is the way to go.
The beauty of these cards and rewards is that you can combine them with coupons to get (nearly) free stuff. Assuming you don't do extreme couponing or have the Sunday paper inserts, you will need to get set up to print coupons at home. It's easy. However, it does take a little time upfront.
To Print Coupons:
Go to www.Coupons.com and install their printer. (You may have to select a coupon to print in order to get the prompt.)
What you need to know:
- Coupon sites print three coupons to a page.
- They are automatically sent to your default printer.
- You do not have the option to select 'Black and White Only.' (They automatically print in color if you have a color printer, which can eat up your ink. That's why I only print coupons as I need them.)
- You can only print one version of a coupon at a time. You can then go back and print additional like coupons until your limit is reached.
No pressure, but from time to time, we will share how to get great deals. You have to be set up though, which is why we published this post.