ShortCuts 101: What is a Catalina Coupon?


I am putting together info for my couponing class on the 26th and I realized I never did a beginners post on Catalina Coupons.  We are going to fix that right now.

What is a Catalina?

Have you ever been to the grocery store and at the end of checking out the cashier hands you your receipt and a coupon or two? Those are Catalinas. They are the little treasures of the checkout.

Now, not every store has Catalinas, But many will accept them because they are manufacturers coupons.  The only exception to this rule is Walgreen’s Register Rewards (They are a lesson all in their own.)

How do you get them to print?

There are certain items you purchase that will trigger a print.  Some stores publish or display this information and others keep it a secret.  It is like a treasure hunt.

A great place to find info on how to trigger a Catalina is Coupon Network.  They are run by the Catalina Company and actually share how to trigger certain promotions to print. The best way to use this service is to register with coupon network and give them your zip code.  They can then better tell you some of the deals in your area.

My Catalina printed at Walgreens but not Target. Why?

Well, some Catalina deals are store specific.  Unfortunately that means you can’t take advantage of some of these deals where you would like to.

What if my Catalina didn’t Print?

If you know that the machine should have printed a catalina but didn’t …you can still get it. Just call up Catalina at 1-888-8COUPON or email them at [email protected] with the store name and address, date and time of purchase, what you bought, and transaction ID# from your receipt. Note that your transaction won’t be in their system until the next day.

Don’t forget

My biggest complaint about catalinas is that cashiers forget to hand them over.  So, don’t forget your catalinas.  Remind your cashier to hand them over with your receipt.  You will be glad you did!

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