When a brand is BOGO1/2OFF, you must buy two of the same product to get the discount.
FALSE: You can buy ANY two products from the brand, if all products from the brand are listed in the sale ad (example: "All CoverGirl cosmetics BOGO1/2OFF"). If all CoverGirl cosmetics are BOGO1/2OFF at CVS, you can buy one lipstick and one eyeshadow. Or one mascara and one foundation, etc. It does not matter which two products you buy: you will still get the discount. What DOES matter is that you'll get half off the LOWEST priced item. So if you buy a foundation for $13.99 and a lipstick for $7.99, you'll get half off the lipstick, not the foundation.
If an ad lists multiple brands in a BOGO1/2OFF sale, I will only get the discount if I buy two products from the same brand.
FALSE: If the ad says something like, "All Herbal Essences and Aussie haircare BOGO1/2OFF" then you can mix and match between the two brands. In other words, you could buy one Herbal Essences shampoo and one Aussie conditioner and receive your BOGO1/2OFF discount on your purchase. The most important thing to note is that the sale ad MUST list multiple brands within the SAME LISTING in order for you to be able to mix and match. Let me make this even more clear. Here are some actual listings that will be in my weekly wrap-up this week for CVS:
- BOGO1/2OFF all Spoiled by Wet n Wild nail polish, Essence of Beauty cosmetic brushes, CVS cotton, CVS eye makeup removers and CVS nail polish removers
- BOGO1/2OFF all CoverGirl eye cosmetics
- BOGO1/2OFF all lashes and artificial nails (excludes glue)
For the second listing, you must buy CoverGirl EYE cosmetics (but you can mix and match between eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, etc.)
For the third listing, you can mix and match between ANY brand of lashes and artificial nails.
You can only use one manufacturer's coupon per transaction during a BOGO1/2OFF sale.
FALSE: There's a simple rule you should remember: for manufacturer's coupons: you can generally use ONE COUPON PER ITEM within the same transaction. So if all L'Oreal cosmetics are BOGO1/2OFF at Rite Aid, and you have two $1 off L'Oreal manufacturer's coupons, you can use BOTH coupons in the same transaction if you're buying two items. One $1 off coupon will be applied to each product. If you had FOUR $1 off coupons, you could buy four L'Oreal products at once and use all four coupons at once (and also get the BOGO1/2OFF discount).
NOTE: The "rules" above also apply to BOGO1/2OFF sales at Ulta, Target, etc.
I hope this helps clear up some rumors out there about BOGO1/21OFF sales at the drugstores!