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).

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50 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Catalinas and Rewards”

  1. Cheryl says:

    So if there is a Catalina such as the “buy 4, receive $1 off a future order” example, if you buy 8 in one transaction, will it print two $1 Catalinas, or will you have to do them in separate transactions?

  2. Cheryl says:

    So if there is a Catalina such as the “buy 4, receive $1 off a future order” example, if you buy 8 in one transaction, will it print two $1 Catalinas, or will you have to do them in separate transactions?

  3. A_jmiracle6 says:

    I have ask every cashier at Kroger and no one seems to know what items you have to buy in order to get a CAT, so does anybody know??? Does it change by week, and if so how can you find out which ones it is?

  4. A_jmiracle6 says:

    I have ask every cashier at Kroger and no one seems to know what items you have to buy in order to get a CAT, so does anybody know??? Does it change by week, and if so how can you find out which ones it is?

  5. Miryanareina says:

    Walmart – Can I use an add(albertson’s, target, kroger) for match up prices and also a manufacture coupon?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, you should be able to ad match and use a coupon since the store is fully reimbursed (+$0.08 each) for the value of the coupon. If you run into a confused checker, ask to speak with a manager.

  6. Couponsavingcrazy says:

    I live in Olympia and we have a fred meyers. So do I look for the up coming CAT on the Koger site seeing that the fred meyers one is from back in 2010

  7. Couponsavingcrazy says:

    I live in Olympia and we have a fred meyers. So do I look for the up coming CAT on the Koger site seeing that the fred meyers one is from back in 2010

  8. Cheryl Smith says:

    I’m still new to this and I read the FAQS. I can’t find out how often the coupon database is updated. Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.

    • Anonymous says:

      The KCL Printable Coupon Database is consistently being updated. The coupons in bold font are the most recent additions.
      Also, you can click the icon of the KCL in western gear to the right hand side of this page “Printable Coupon Round-Up”, which will give you a list of the posts with the newest printables :)

  9. Lara says:

    Make sure you watch for Catalinas that you know your supposed to get (which I’m sure everyone here does :) I was just at Meijer and was buying frozen pizza and it had a notice that if you bought four pizza’s (which is what I was there for with my coupons) you got a dollar back for your next store purchase of grocercies and it didn’t print so I went to customer service and they reprinted it for me.

  10. Mos5547 says:

    I have a $2 off 4 participating items and another for $1/2. The store promotion is bogo. Can I use both coupons (manufacturers) or just the $1 off 2?

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on the store. If you have a $2.00/4 manufacturer coupon + a $1.00/2 manufacturer coupon, to use both coupons under a normal price, you would need to buy 6 items (because the $2 applies to 4 and the $1 applies to 2 items).
      As for BOGO promotions, some stores (such as CVS, Walgreens, and Food Lion) allow you to use a value-amount-off coupon on both of the products, while other stores (like Safeway, Rite Aid, and Price Chopper) only allow you to use one value-amount-off coupon on one of the products purchased in a BOGO promo.
      So if you were shopping at Food Lion or Walgreens, you could buy 6 items, get 3 free with the BOGO promo and then $3.00 off with the $2.00/4 coupon and the $1.00/2 coupon.
      But if you were shopping at Safeway or Price Chopper, you could only use coupons on the “purchased” item in the BOGO, so you could:
      1) Buy 4 items, get 2 free with the promo, and use one $1.00/2 (since it’s applying to the two items you are “purchased”)
      2) If you wanted to use both the coupons you have: Buy 12 items, get 6 free with the promo, and use one $1.00/2 and one $2.00/4 (applying to the six items you are “purchasing”)

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on the store. If you have a $2.00/4 manufacturer coupon + a $1.00/2 manufacturer coupon, to use both coupons under a normal price, you would need to buy 6 items (because the $2 applies to 4 and the $1 applies to 2 items).
      As for BOGO promotions, some stores (such as CVS, Walgreens, and Food Lion) allow you to use a value-amount-off coupon on both of the products, while other stores (like Safeway, Rite Aid, and Price Chopper) only allow you to use one value-amount-off coupon on one of the products purchased in a BOGO promo.
      So if you were shopping at Food Lion or Walgreens, you could buy 6 items, get 3 free with the BOGO promo and then $3.00 off with the $2.00/4 coupon and the $1.00/2 coupon.
      But if you were shopping at Safeway or Price Chopper, you could only use coupons on the “purchased” item in the BOGO, so you could:
      1) Buy 4 items, get 2 free with the promo, and use one $1.00/2 (since it’s applying to the two items you are “purchased”)
      2) If you wanted to use both the coupons you have: Buy 12 items, get 6 free with the promo, and use one $1.00/2 and one $2.00/4 (applying to the six items you are “purchasing”)

  11. coupon starter says:

    I love Catalinas, I feel like a little girl wating to see what kind of “surprise” I will get after I pay for my groceries.

  12. jjwren says:

    Our Walgreens is GREAT. I went yesterday and had all my RR products separated before I got to the register. I am huge and preggo and I batted my eyes at the cashier saying ‘Can I please do two seprate transactions so I can use my RR?’ He smiled and said of course! I am not very good at all this stuff yet this was only my 3rd trip BUT I did purchase $180 worth of stuff for $70! My husband is thankful that I only buy what we use and dont stockpile (yet!).

  13. Cathy says:

    I want to know if I get a Catalina at Walgreens, can I use it at Target? It says Man. Coupon. Thanks in advance for any responses.

  14. Cathy says:

    I want to know if I get a Catalina at Walgreens, can I use it at Target? It says Man. Coupon. Thanks in advance for any responses.

  15. Cathy says:

    I want to know if I get a Catalina at Walgreens, can I use it at Target? It says Man. Coupon. Thanks in advance for any responses.

  16. Ana says:

    Can you use a catalina from one store at another? They always say “manufacturer coupon” even though it has the name of the store on it – or can you only use them at the same store you got them from?? I’m confused as to whether its a true manufacturers coupon or not. I end up never using them. Thank you :)

  17. Ana says:

    Can you use a catalina from one store at another? They always say “manufacturer coupon” even though it has the name of the store on it – or can you only use them at the same store you got them from?? I’m confused as to whether its a true manufacturers coupon or not. I end up never using them. Thank you :)

    • Ana says:

      The ones I always end up getting say “manufacturer coupon” on them so I think it would depend on whether it said that, or if it was truly a store coupon.

    • Anonymous says:

      It depends on the store. Target and Albertsons will not take coupons that display another store’s logo (even if it is a manufacturer coupon). Stores like Walmart, Fred Meyer and Safeway will accept manufacturer coupons that may display another store’s logo as long as it matches up exactly with an item they carry that you are buying.

    • Sharon says:

      Walmart won’t take the Walgreen coupon but they will match the price……

      • Anonymous says:

        You are right– Walmart will not take Register Rewards, because the Checkout Coupons accepted from other retailers’ registers must be for a specific price off a specific item, such as $1.00/1 Crest Toothpaste, 6oz. In 95% of the cases, Register Rewards are for a certain dollar-amount-off a shopping trip, so those cannot be used at Walmart. Although every so often, a Register Reward is a specific coupon (like the one stated above), in which case it could be used at Walmart.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are right– Walmart will not take Register Rewards, because the Checkout Coupons accepted from other retailers’ registers must be for a specific price off a specific item, such as $1.00/1 Crest Toothpaste, 6oz. In 95% of the cases, Register Rewards are for a certain dollar-amount-off a shopping trip, so those cannot be used at Walmart. Although every so often, a Register Reward is a specific coupon (like the one stated above), in which case it could be used at Walmart.

  18. Dacus61 says:

    Tomorrow is the quarterly savings day at CVS so check your receipt before you throw it away if you have a CVS card! Don’t throw away free money$

  19. Dacus61 says:

    Tomorrow is the quarterly savings day at CVS so check your receipt before you throw it away if you have a CVS card! Don’t throw away free money$

    • Dtravis says:

      What do you mean?

      • I’m guessing they have some type of program that rewards you after so many purchases? I shop at CVS often for my meds and would also like this information.

        • Ahgrluvsu says:

          It’s 2% of your spending (tracked by using your ExtraCare card) and is quarterly. Mines gonna be puny. I spent about 94 dollars so when I shop next I will be getting an ECB for 2% of that, or about a $1.50. It prints at the register or at the coupon machine.

  20. Leigh says:

    Can you use a $/product catalina with a man. coupon at Kroger. I know you can’t stack, is this considered stacking?