Extreme Couponing Tip: Catalinas and Rewards

Catalinas (CAT):  Catalina coupon machines located at register dispense long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase.  Catalinas refer to the coupons themselves which may be manufacturer or store coupons.  Some Catalina coupons are advertised and some are generated based on consumer behavior. Also called “Your Bucks” or “Checkout Coupons”.

Extra Bucks (EBs): CVS rewards program, formerly called ECBs.  Extra Bucks print according to the store’s weekly or monthly advertised deals. When you make a qualifying purchase, you receive the coordinating Extra Bucks value as advertised. Extra Bucks are similar to Catalinas or Register Rewards, but they print directly onto the bottom of your receipt. For more, read here.

Register Rewards (RR): Walgreens drugstore rewards program, and version of the Catalina coupon.  Look for the same machines located at register, dispensing long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase when a qualifying purchase is made.  Register Rewards cannot be ‘rolled’ like Catalinas. For more, read here.

+UP Rewards: Rite Aid drugstore rewards program. The +UP Reward coupons are earned by a customer in a prior purchase that can be used for any nonprescription purchase with a small number of exclusions that are listed on the +UP coupon. Multiple +UP coupons can be used (subject to the printed exclusions) up to the amount of purchase before sales tax. +UP Reward coupons print on the bottom of the receipt when a qualifying purchase is made. For more, read here.

All of the above mentioned are to be used on a future purchase and cannot be applied to the purchase in which they were earned (they print after payment).