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Tips for Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Walmart

How do you offer tips for getting the best deal for the retailer (Walmart) known for the lowest available price? Walmart has economies of scale, which I’ve actually written a research paper on. If I still had that, I would have linked it. Just trust me when I say brands that want to sell products at Walmart are often convinced to give Walmart a lower price than they may give another retailer. They do that to gain access to Walmart’s huge customer base. By getting the price from the manufacturer for less than other retailers, Walmart can sell it for less.

Anyone who enjoys the People of Walmart series, may even love shopping in person. While I rarely encounter people worthy enough of making it into a video montage, I do usually find some great deals. Even when Walmart does not have the best price, there is a really good chance it may find the best price and match it anyway thanks to the beauty of Savings Catcher. Shopping online has its own unique benefits, because Walmart uses a lot of third-party resellers to make a variety of items available to consumers. Just make sure you price check online prices, because those third-party resellers price gouge at times. The fastest way is to compare the Walmart price to the Target price.

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Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Target

How do you offer tips for getting the best deal for the store (Target) where you go in for one thing and walk out with a cart full of things? My favorite challenge when shopping in-store at Target is getting out for less than $100. It’s a fun game, and I think you should play it some time. I go in there for one or two things and walk out with a cart full of items. Target seems to do that to me more than any other store. There are just so many things to discover and the shopping experience is almost always pleasant. As much as I enjoy shopping in the store, a lot of the items I buy are cheaper online than they are in store. There is only a $35 purchase requirement for free shipping. That is my first tip before this article even gets started. Check the online prices for your recurring purchases. The difference may surprise you. Some of the more costly items are up to $10 cheaper online.

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Target Beauty Box Hello Sunshine

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the Hello Sunshine, I was excited to see the hair and teeth items. Other items were all bonuses. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered it right away, because it was only $7. It is hard not to find $7 in value. This box sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well. Continue reading

Target Beauty Box Back to College: Honor Roll

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the Back to College boxes, neither really struck me as must-buys. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered them right away, because they were only $5 each. It is hard not to find $5 in value even when the boxes do not immediately speak to you. Both boxes sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well.

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Target Beauty Box Back to College: Head of the Class

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the Back to College boxes, neither really struck me as must-buys. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered them right away, because they were only $5 each. It is hard not to find $5 in value even when the boxes do not immediately speak to you. Both boxes sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well.

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Target Beauty Box Summer 2015

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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes.  They range in price from $5 to $10.  Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription.  Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse.  Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get.  Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately.  I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples.  Men are not left out either, because they get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the summer boxes, there was one that immediately caught my eye.  The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription.  You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out in a few short days.  By the time I received my box, all but the men’s box sold out.  That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one.  If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look them when they hit your inbox.  Of course, I will always alert you when they come back in stock as well.

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Drugstore.com 29 Piece GWP Haul

When it comes to drugstore makeup, I do not really buy it.  I am not naive enough to think there are no quality items of the drugstore variety, but I find it harder to sample or swatch these items.  Many of the items I buy are the direct result of sampling or swatching.  If I really trust a brand, I will buy something without sampling or swatching it.  My product research must yield excellent results, because I very rarely make impulse purchases. As I never return products to the stores unless they arrive damaged, I try to only purchase things I know I will like.  Someone in my life can take items that failed with me off my hands, so I never feel compelled to return anything.  A failed product for one person can be an HG product to another one.  Who knows how many hidden gems I am missing out on by refusing to buy things I have not researched, swatched or sampled?

Whenever I get a chance to sample a drugstore product through a subscription box, foil or GWP, I try to accept the opportunity with arms wide open. Sample Society sent me a Loreal Extraordinaire ColourRiche Lipcolour in my July 2014 box, which I loved.  When Target released its Beauty box containing that item, I ordered it on 10-20-14.  The Target Beauty Box is not a subscription box.  It is a one time box that ranges in cost from $5-$10 with free shipping.  This one was $7.  The value of the items always exceed the cost you pay, so it is a good deal if the items interest you.  I like that you get to see the items before making a purchase decision.

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Sadly, I received the exact same color I had already received in the Sample Society box.  Considering how many color possibilities there were, I thought receiving the same color was funny.  I sent the duplicate one onto a friend (and I need to follow up for the sake of this article to see if she liked it).  Due to the fact that I have never finished a lipstick or gloss, I had no desire to hang onto a backup.  All of the Target Beauty Boxes are out of stock, but I will let you know when they come back and what will be inside. Birchbox sent me an amazing sample of a product called Egyptian Magic in my June 2014 box.  This is an oil based cream that works wonders on my boys’ eczema patches.  After one application, the patches start improving.  By the third application, the dry patches are gone.  This product heals their eczema better than their prescription.  The ingredients are eczema friendly without the chemicals in the prescription.  It is without a doubt one of the favorite items I have ever found in one of my subscription boxes and something I plan on repurchasing often.  I was going to order this product anyway, when I saw the following offer from Drugstore.com.

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With a $75 purchase from Drugstore.com, all of the items listed and pictured below are free.  Other than the Strivectin, Sally Hansen and the Nicole by OPI, I own zero of these brands.  I love trying new things, so I knew this would be a great GWP for me.  Luckily for me, Drugstore.com carries Egyptian Magic.  I just needed to find a few more things to buy.  It is winter, and my skin is extremely dry.  Thus, I can never have too many skin moisturizers.

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With my boys having eczema, they use moisturizers after each shower as well.  Rather than buying our usual Aveeno or Eurcerin, I decided to try some brands that would be new to us. Cetaphil and CeraVe are highly rated.  I’ve done my research and know they will be safe for my boys.  The other lotion is vanilla scented, so I will not allow the boys to use that one.  It was pretty cheap, so I will have no problem tossing it or giving it to someone else if I hate it.

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The GWP was supposed to include 29 items, including the tote bag.  Sadly, mine was missing the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum, so I only received 28 items.  Luckily, according to the picture and the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum (which I received), it was just a foil.  If I had to be missing a foil, I am glad it was one that is probably very similar to another.  Thus, I do not feel like I am missing much. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Real Techniques makeup brushes, so I am the most excited to try that.  This year, I would like to do my nails more regularly, so the nail pen could be a very awesome treat.  Strivectin is a product I already know and love.  I thought I was getting a sample elsewhere and just found out I am not.

The items I received were: Iman Deja Vu Lip Kit, L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Pin-Up, Elnglish Laundry Arrogant, Real Techniques Shading Brush, Boots No 7 Protect Intense Advanced Serum, Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream in Medium, MDSolarSciences Mineral Beauty Balm, Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Night Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Foaming Fomula, Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick Bright Berry 40, Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths, Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer, StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for wrinkles and strech marks, Nexxus Color Assure 3-Step Regimen, Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum, Toni & Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Damaged Hair, Toni & Guy Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair, Tresemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day System, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, Nicole by OPI Cinna Man of My Dreams, Rimmel Stay Glossy 6 Hour Lipgloss All Night Long, Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara, Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat, Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Punch Drunk, and Tom’s of Maine Lip Shimmer.

I am not swatching the lip products, because I am unsure how many items I plan to keep. If I end up using them, I will add swatches and looks.

The Nicole by OPI Cinna Man of my dreams is a beautiful cinnamon color. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.

Nicole By OPI Cinna Man of My Dreams

The Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat is very matte with a whitish tint. Compare it to my other nail treatments, base coats, and top coats.

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

Sally Hansen Punch Drunk is a purplish-pink. Compare it to my other pink polishes.

Sally Hansen Punch Drunk

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I am pretty excited about receiving that one here as well. This Drugstore.com offer is available through the 23rd and only works with Drugstore.com beauty items, so you cannot load non beauty items or Beauty.com items into your cart.  If you are unsure what items qualify, just play around with your cart.  I tried loading vitamins and an electric toothbrush, which did not work.

Remember to check all Beauty.com and/or Drugstore.com offers before placing an online order. You can only use one promo link per order, but banner offers (they pop-up at times when you’re browsing on the site), and promo codes (uncommon) usually combine with one another. There are some exceptions. See other Drugstore.com articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Beauty.com or Drugstore.com.View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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