Catalina coupon machines, located at registers, dispense long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. Catalinas refer to the coupons themselves, which may be either coupons for specific items or for dollar amounts off a total purchase. When you get a Catalina for the latter, use these to pay for protein, fresh produce and other non-coupon needs.
The same can apply to drugstore rewards: when there aren’t any sales that interest you before the expiration date, use the rewards for other needs such as bread, Sunday newspapers, or clearance buys. Watch out for restrictions on items like liquid dairy, gift cards, stamps, alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets.
What do you like to use your Catalinas for?