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Ann Haney: Catalinas still save couponers money

Ann Haney • Updated May 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Catalinas are still a big part of savings at local stores. What stores give them, what stores take them, how do they work, how do you get them and so on? Before we take a look into the details surrounding this often-confusing discount coupon, let’s discover what they actually are. 

Catalinas are manufacturer coupons printed out by some stores based upon what you have purchased. For instance, if you purchased one brand, you might receive a Catalina coupon for a competitor brand to encourage the purchase. 

Often times, the Catalina will be for a specific amount off your next purchase. For instance, it may say purchase two receive $1, three receive $2, four or more receive $3 etc. You will often recognize this coupon by its long rectangular shape. You will note that it states manufacturer and has a date of expiration. Most times they will also show the store logo of the store you received it at. 

What stores offer Catalinas? Some of the stores you may see these at are Target, Food Lion, Walgreen’s, Kroger and Kmart. 

How can I find out what Catalinas will print out? Because Catalinas are based on what we purchase, it helps to find out what our purchase needs to be to receive this coupon. One website you can go to that will help you plan the print of the Catalinas you want to receive is couponnetwork.com. 

First, register on their site. Second, choose the stores in your area you want to include. Third, Click on my stores to see the offers available. Fourth, the offers that appear in blue are actual coupons you can print and the offers that appear in green are Catalinas being offered. You will have to print out the Catalina offer to see details as to how many of the specified item you must purchase to receive the discount shown. Keep in mind this specific print out is not a coupon, but an informative as to the details of the offer.

What if my Catalina does not print out? Yes, you can still get your Catalina. Simply call this number, 888-8coupon, and give them your receipt number and if requested your loyalty shopper card number. They will mail your Catalinas to you within six weeks.

Can I use Catalinas at a store different than the one I received it at? This question could have different answers based upon the specific stores policy. First, we need to remember that Catalinas are manufacturer coupons and are reimbursed to the store, however some stores will refuse the acceptance of a Catalina with a different stores logo on it. 

If the coupon is money-off amount, for instance $2 off Scott tissue, it will generally depend on the store’s policy regarding this. Many times if the coupon scans they will take it, however, be sure and ask before you try to ensure success. 

Most all stores will decline Catalinas from other stores that state “Only redeemable at.” Likewise, most all stores will decline Catalinas that say money off your next shopping trip if it was not received from that specific store. Now, this is not the case with all stores, so you will need to check your specific store. The Commissary and The Exchange both accept these types of Catalinas.

Can I use Catalinas in my same shopping trip? Yes, you may use these the same day received. Simply divide your transaction if you know you will be receiving them, and use them to pay for milk, meat, fresh veggies, fruit or anything you don’t have a coupon for or want to save money on. 

It is possible to save big when you learn how to use the Catalina. Use your resources, talk to the stores regarding their policies, and you will be on your way to taking advantage of the great benefits of the Catalina. As with anything, the more you learn about it, the better chance you will have of success.

“ With all thy getting get understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including five entrepreneurs, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, television host, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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