How to coupon
This week’s lesson is about Catalina coupons. You’ll learn how they really work, how you can earn them and know ahead of time how to get them, and how you can use them at different stores.
If you’re not familiar with Catalina coupons, they are the longer coupons that print out at store registers. In our area you can get them from Rays Supermarkets, Kroger, Meijer, Kmart, Walgreens, and now Rite Aid.
Catalina coupons are triggered by what you purchase. There are often signs throughout the grocery store or in a store ad that tell you when you will get a Catalina coupon. Some store ads will refer to this as a custom coupon. For example, Meijer may have something in its ad that says, “Purchase this product and get a $5 Meijer Custom Coupon at checkout.” This is a Catalina coupon. When looking in a store ad at Catalina promotions, you will want to pay attention to the ending date. Some promotions last for an entire month, not just the week that they are mentioned. It’s always a good idea to clip that page and place it in your coupon binder in case your Catalina does not print as it should.
Different types of Catalina coupons are available. Manufacturer Catalina coupons are provided by the manufacturer of the particular product you are purchasing. Most of the time if a Catalina promotion is provided by the manufacturer, it will print at all stores that have a Catalina coupon machine. If you ever want to know which stores are participating so you can be sure before you head out to shop, you can go to www.StephanieSavings.net to view how you can get this information.
Some Catalina coupons are Store Catalinas. These are promotions provided by the store itself, and they will only print at that particular store and be redeemable at that store only. In the event that there is a Manufacturer’s Catalina and a Store Catalina promotion running at the same time for the same product, you will get both Catalina coupons. For example, if Meijer has a promotion that says, “Purchase four Capri Sun get $5 off your next shopping trip via Meijer Custom Coupon.” And if there is a Kraft promotion that says, “Purchase four Capri Sun get $4 off your next shopping trip via Kraft Foods, Inc,” you will get both Catalina coupons when you purchase four Capri Sun that gives you $9 to use on your next shopping trip. This is only an example. Not a valid deal.
How to use Catalina coupons
Catalina coupons vary, so knowing how to use them is very important. If you have a Manufacturer’s Catalina coupon that is dollars or cents off a specified product, this coupon is valid at any store that accepts manufacturer coupons. It will say, “Redeemable at Meijer” or whatever store it printed from, but this does not mean it cannot be used anywhere else. If it can only be used at one store, it will say something such as, “Redeemable ONLY at Meijer.” Even though these coupons can be used at any store, it is still the store’s choice as to whether or not it will accept the Catalina coupons from their competitors.
Rays Supermarkets and Rite Aid stores will not accept Manufacturer Catalina coupons printed at their competitor’s stores. However, you can use Catalina coupons printed from them at the locations that will accept them. Locations that accept other store Catalinas include, Walmart (they do not have a Catalina machine), Meijer, some Kroger stores, and Walgreens. These must be Manufacturer Catalina coupons that are dollars or cents off of a specified product. For example, it must say, “Save $1 off Reach Floss” not “Save $1 off your next shopping trip.” Those particular Catalinas without a specified product must be used at the store in which they are printed from. Store Catalina coupons must be used at the store they print from as well.
Combining Catalina coupons with manufacturer coupons
If you have a Manufacturer Catalina coupon that is dollars or cents off a specified product, it is considered a manufacturer’s coupon and cannot be combined with another manufacturer’s coupon. If it’s a Store Catalina coupon, you can combine this with a manufacturer’s coupon. In the case that you have a Manufacturer’s Catalina coupon that is dollars or cents off your next shopping trip and not a specified product, you can combine this with you manufacturer coupons. You can tell which Catalinas are what by looking at the top. It will state, “Manufacturer’s Coupon” or “Store Coupon.”
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