From candles to fragrances, Bath & Body Works products draw you in every time you visit the mall. It’s so hard to walk past, right? But just because something smells good doesn’t mean it fits into your budget.
That’s why The Penny Hoarder is helping us make Bath & Body Works more affordable with these 10 insider tips.
1. Share your phone number and email.
We know. Another message in the inbox. But giving Bath & Body Works your phone number and email will get you some great coupons.
“It can [be] annoying to always give your cell number and email address every time you check out, even if you’re getting free stuff…but you want more free stuff, right?” Jenn Peters of Because I’m Cheap said to Penny Hoarder. “So when the cashier asks for it, fork it over!”
Peters also recommends calling the company at 1-800-756-5005 each season to ask to be added to the promotions list. She says this often gets you coupons for a free travel-size item or free signature-size item with $10 purchase.
2. Become an online fan.
Like, post and tweet. Connecting with Bath & Body Works on social media because the company shares special deals and promotions with loyal online fans.
3. Save your receipt and take the survey.
Following the instructions found at the bottom of your receipt will often get you a discount, according to The Penny Hoarder. Laura Oliver with A Frugal Chick says the discounts are generally $10 to $30 off. Plus, according to The Krazy Coupon Lady, these survey coupons never expire! So if you have an old survey coupon laying around that you never used, you can still use it! Time to dig up those receipts.
4. Exchange broken Wallflowers
The Wallflower plug-ins are obviously an amazing Bath & Body Works product that you’ll want to keep buying. Did you know that you can exchange broken Wallflowers with no questions asked? Simply bring in your broken Wallflower and exchange it for a new one at anytime for free! The Krazy Coupon Lady said she exchanged her Wallflower after 4 years.
5. Save the date!
Timing is key to saving at Bath & Body Works. The company has semi-annual sales in January and June. You can use your coupons on top of the major discounts. Products are typically 50 to 75 percent off.
The Krazy Coupon Lady offers this tip for the biggest shopping day of the year: “Normally on Black Friday, a VIP bag is offered for $20 when you spend $40. Inside the bag is usually over $100 of merchandise.”
6. Shop online.
When buying products online, you can “stack deals,” according to The Penny Hoarder. Before making an online purchase, check Cashback Monitor to see how much cash back you’ll be getting by using various credit cards or reward cards. Then search for Bath & Body Works coupons to use on top of your cash-back savings.
7. Learn expiration dates
Crack the code on expiration dates! Typically, unopened lotions, body wash, and candles have a three-year shelf life. Dates are printed on the bottom of products. The Krazy Coupon Lady explains that you only need to know the first four digits to the manufacturing date.
- First digit: Year (ex: 4 = 2014)
- Next three digits: Day (ex: 251 = 251st day of the year)
8. Get gifts wrapped at the store.
Did you know this? If you shop in-store, the employees will give you cello bag, ribbon and traditional blue and white checked bag for free. Bath & Body Works just became everyone’s go-to spot for last-minute gifts.
9. Buy discounted gift cards.
This is where you have to hope for some luck. You may be able to find discounted Bath & Body Works gift cards on websites like Raise, Gift Card Granny and Cardpool. When we looked cards were discounted 5 to 8 percent.
10. Don’t throw away expired coupons.
There is a three-day grace period for expired coupons. “Just ask nicely, and they will honor it,” Peters told The Penny Hoarder.
11. You can use your Victoria’s Secret Angel Card
Since Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret are both owned by L Brands, you can use your Angel credit card at Bath & Body Works! However, you won’t receive any points. (Sorry!)
Similar to this, employees can use their employee discount at L Brands sister stores, Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel.
12. Watch prices closely.
If there’s a big sale the day after you buy, you can get the cheaper price! Bath & Body Works has a 14-day price guarantee, according to its website. If you made your purchase online, call 1-800-756-5005. If you bought in a store, just show your receipt.
13. In-store vs. online
Bath & Body Works will not match with other stores or online prices. For example, if there’s an online sale special, that price will not be matched in-store. So make sure you keep tabs on the different sales going on in-store and online, and get the best price!
14. Hate it? Don’t keep it.
The last insider tip from The Penny Hoarder is simple. Don’t eat the loss if you buy a product you don’t love. Bath & Body Works has a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee policy. If you don’t like something, return it.
In fact, Bath & Body Works satisfaction guarantee is so good that you can exchange any product as long as it no more than half used! As long as it’s a scent Bath & Body Works currently carries, you can exchange it for a new scent no questions asked. If it’s a retired scent, you’ll still get store credit! (And let’s be honest, store credit to Bath & Body never goes to waste.)
15. Save on Aromatherapy
The Aromatherapy product line hardly ever goes on sale! However, you can still get a discount on these scents. Save your Aromatherapy purchases for when you have a free product with purchase coupon or a percentage off coupon!
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