Catalina Coupons

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Catalina coupons are cash-like coupons that print out at the register after you make certain purchases.  Sometimes you will see products tagged in the store, letting you know you’ll get one.  Other times, you’ll get a surprise.  When we know about them, we put them on the shopping lists.  PLEASE let us know when you know about one that we don’t have on the lists.  (gina@bargainbeliever.com or juli@bargainbeliever.com)

When we refer to a “Catalina” on a shopping list, here are some things to keep in mind . . .

  • Catalina coupons are triggered to print when you purchase specific items.  For instance, if you buy 2 boxes of XYZ, you will receive a $1 Catalina. If you buy 3 boxes of XYZ, you will receive a $2 Catalina, etc.  Here’s how we’ll type it on the list:  Buy 2 = $1.00, Buy 3 = $2.00, Buy 4+ = $3.00
  • Keep in mind that if you buy more than the maximum number listed, you won’t get an extra Catalina.  You will need to do a separate transaction, to get a second Catalina coupon.  Only one will print at a time, per offer.  (If you are buying two totally different products for two different offers, you will get them both at the same time.)
  • You can almost always use the Catalina coupon you just received to buy the same item again.  The is also referred to as “rolling” them.  (There are very rare exceptions.  The safest is not to do it, but you can always return the item if you don’t get the second one.)
  • The Catalina coupon you receive can be used for most any future purchase at that same store.  It’s cash-like and can be used for other items.  There are some exclusions like alcohol, tobacco, etc.  It’s not like a typical coupon that requires you to purchase a specific item, to get the discount.
  • Catalina coupons almost always expire two weeks after you receive them.
  • No change will be given, so make sure your total exceeds the amount of the Catalina, after your other coupons are deducted.
  • If you don’t receive the Catalina, you have two options (beyond returning the item right away).  If there’s a shelf tag, point it out to the store and they will usually give you the cash back.   Or, save your receipt and contact Catalina Marketing.  I have found they respond, but don’t always communicate well.  Often, you’ll just receive the Catalina in the mail, a short time later, without any prior communication.  So, give it a week or so, after contacting them.

Just keep in mind that when you are making a purchase, you will pay the full price out-of-pocket.  The Catalina coupon will lower a future out-of-pocket cost, not the immediate purchase.  To simplify things, I consider the discount coming off my current purchase and then treat the coupon I receive like I would any other cash.  I only use it on what I would normally get, not “blowing it” and thinking of it as “free money.”  Mentally, when I earn the Catalina, I deduct the amount of my Catalina from my total.  When I redeem it, I add the cost of the coupon I paid with, to my total cost.   I realize it’s kind of backwards thinking (and the opposite of what’s going in and out of my pocket), but it helps me evaluate if the initial purchase (to earn the Catalina) is worth is or not.  The main thing to remember is that you can’t count the savings when you get it and when you redeem it.  Too many people think that way and don’t realize they’re paying more than they think.

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Above is an example of a notification about a current or future Catalina promotion.  The actual coupon you receive is different and cash-like!  It is not a coupon you can redeem in the store.  If you get one like this, that you haven’t seen on a shopping list, please email us.  We’d love a picture, but you can also type out the details for us.  Catalinas are often a mystery and any help we can get gathering the information can help a lot!  (gina@bargainbeliever.com or juli@bargainbeliever.com)  THANKS!

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