When you purchase a Target Beauty Box, you get a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase. They usually expire within a month of receiving the box. While the intent is to use the coupon to get a discount off the item(s) you enjoyed from the box, you can usually use it on anything in the beauty department. There are not many exclusions other than items purchased from the baby beauty department. About a month ago, my almost nine-year old told me he no longer wanted to use baby products anyway. After moping for a few days, I gave him the CeraVe sample I received from a Facebook freebie. His skin is even more sensitive than mine, so most of the items in my stash will not work for him. He fell in love with the sample.
I decided to use the $3 off $15 coupon from the Beauty Box, and the $3 off coupon included in the CeraVe sample. Coupons can combine at times, but I decided to grab a couple of other things to get full value from both coupons.
Any of you who shop with kids probably know about buying things you do not mean to. The full-size cleanser of the CeraVe he sampled was out-of-stock. After confirming it was out-of-stock, the associate mentioned Cetaphil cleanser is very similar and thought he might be happy with that. I checked the sample section before committing to a full-price size. Although the samples are almost always more expensive per ounce than their full-size counterpart, I hate buying full-size items that may not work. My overall loss would be greater if the product exacerbated his eczema.
After getting the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser mini, we walked back to the full-size section to see if we could redeem the $3 Cetaphil cleanser on something else. My son wanted to buy a CeraVe bar soap. That was not covered by the coupon, and he does not have a lot of experience with bar soap (it leaves a sticky film on my skin). I suggested he get the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for now (and use it on his body as well). We can get the regular cleanser when it comes back in stock and he can make this face exclusive. He agreed, so I told him to put the Cetaphil back.
The $3 coupon did remove from the facial cleanser. Even before the coupon applied, the 12oz bottle runs $0.96 per ounce at the store. That is for facial cleanser. The out-of-stock cleanser he sampled runs $1 per ounce. I cannot imagine what makes either so cheap or why facial cleanser is cheaper there when it is usually more expensive. In comparison, the $1.49 per ounce of Cetaphil does have over a 50% markup. It is a travel size, so I will cut it some slack. Online, this is $4.10 cheaper. This is a reminder to always compare prices (even within the same store). It also means they got back all of my $3 savings plus some.
I did not want to place an online order just to get cleanser he wanted, so I told him to use the little one until I could get back to Target. It was still out-of-stock after my next Target trip, so I ended up getting it at Wal-Mart for $11.97 (a purchase I did not write an article on). He loves it much more than the mini Cetaphil, which is about to run out anyway.
While he allegedly walked to the travel section to put it back (now I wonder what he was really doing), I tried to find body moisturizers to redeem the $3 off $15 coupon. I’ve sampled the Gold Bond Healing aloe from PINCHme Volume One and Volume Two. I initially thought this had a slight greasiness. The more I used it the more I realized it is exactly what I love. It keeps my skin hydrated without being sticky or completely absorbs.. For the price, it penetrates deeply and moisturizes well. The trial size I purchased plus my two freebies are gone. Rather than purchasing more travel sizes, I decided to get this for use on body and hands when I am upstairs.
I saw a sign that offered a $5 gift card when you buy two lotions from select brands. Gold Bond was one, and I was already getting that. Eucerin was another, and that is a brand my boys know and love well. With winter coming, I opted for Intensive Repair. It is pediatrician recommended for sensitive eczema laden skin. Getting these $5 gift cards when I can is awesome, because I give them to my son’s teacher to help cover classroom supplies. They do not cost me anything other than the opportunity cost of not using them myself, but they deduct something from her responsibility when she stocks more classroom supplies for her students. Had I purchased this same product online, I would have paid $3.40 less. That is $7.50 less online for these four small items. Two of the four items were much cheaper!
On top of the $5 gift card, I did get the $3 off $15. Although I am unsure the CeraVe counted toward the minimum, because the lotions were over $15 alone, I was happy to see the coupon come off. I also used a coupon to receive a free $10 gift card with a $50 food purchase, which is the $10 credit you see below. It charged up top but refunded below balancing everything out. That is still good though Saturday if you’re purchasing any groceries before then.
I also finally redeemed a Coupons.com coupon for $0.75 off 2 cereal boxes. That may not seem like much savings, but I barely clip coupons. It was the first time I clipped coupons using MyPoints and actually redeemed it. If you use a third-party, like MyPoints, to clip Coupons.com offers, you get the savings plus a specified number of points. MyPoints promises 10 points per redeemed coupon. The points appeared in my account a few days later.
Of course, I did not make it out for less than $100, which is always a goal but rarely happens. That is a different challenge altogether. Try to exit Target for less than $100. If you’re able to do it, please let me know your secrets. There are too many tempting things to buy. Extreme couponing could work, but I do not know how they do it yet.
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