Essential Catalina knowledge
- Expiration: Catalinas may expire from 2 weeks to 4 months after they’re printed (just like any other coupon). Expiration is dependent on the type of coupon (manufacturer or store).
- Value: Catalinas usually have a higher face value and can be stacked with store coupons and sales to generate a higher return.
- Redemption: A Catalina usually states “redeemable at:”—pay attention to this. If it’s a store coupon, this makes a big difference when stacking deals, but if it’s a manufacturer coupon, the Catalina should be eligible for use at other stores—even with a specific store name mentioned on it.
- Type: A Catalina will either be a manufacturer or store coupon. The type of coupon will be stated at the top.
- Deal: A Catalina may advertise an in-store deal. My local Harris Teeter advertises sales on their Catalina such as buy 2 items, receive $1.00 off; buy 3 items, receive $2.00 off. This type of Catalina can’t be used as a coupon; it’s just an advertisement. Whether it’s redeemable or not will be stated at the top.
- Opportunity: A Catalina is easily shared. My least favorite Catalina is on cat food because I don’t have a cat, but this is a great opportunity to share and leave the Catalina on the shelf where cat food is located. (Catalinas aren’t specific to your rewards card.)
Catalina deal examples
- You purchase 3 cans of Campbell’s soup on sale for $1.00 each. You use (1) $0.40 manufacturer coupon, which doubles off of 3 cans at your local store. A Catalina prints at the register to save you $1 towards your next purchase. Essentially, this equals paying $1.20 for 3 cans of Campbell’s soup—an additional 45% savings just by using a Catalina!
- You receive a $1.50 Catalina manufacturer coupon for Poise pads. When you pair it with the regular purchase price at Target ($3.99) and submit an Ibotta rebate for $2.00, the final out-of-pocket price is $0.49!
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