Couponing for the Rest of Us

New Couponing Questions | What’s a Catalina?

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Lately we’ve posted a couple Catalina deals – and while you “old timers” out there already know what these are, I thought it would be good to pause and explain for everyone else!

* You can also watch this video of me getting a Betty Crocker Fruit Snack Catalina.
* If more “Coupon Lingo” has you scratching your head – head over to Learning the Lingo!

What is a Catalina?

A catalina is a coupon that prints at the register – it’s called a catalina because it’s put out by the catalina company.  There are 2 types of catalinas.  The first type of Catalinas are basically manufacturer coupons for a specific product (i.e. Get $1.50 off 3 General Mills Cereals)  Those are nice, but what is exciting is the OTHER type of Catalina….  you might hear it referred to as an OYNO Catalina (On Your Next Order).  These Catalinas are just like cash – they will say something like:

“Thank you for your purchase.  Enjoy $2 Off Your Next Order (OYNO)”.

OYNO Catalinas are basically a reward that is triggered to print by a purchase you made – or a combination of purchases.  For example, in a recent Hein Ketchup catalina, we were required to Buy (3) Heinz 32 oz Ketchups to trigger a $2 Off Your Next Order Reward.  It’s important to find out how many you need to buy, it can make a big difference in your savings!

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How do you know what catalinas to expect?

Well we don’t.  Not usually.  They’re like a happy surprise sometimes!  However we do have a limited list of “National Catalinas” that are expected Nationwide.  The dates on these aren’t always the same for each store  – and many of these are limited to only a handful of stores.  You can find a list of upcoming Catalinas (now more commonly known as YourBucks Offers) on the CouponNetwork site.  They’ll look like this – and you need to click Offer Details, and print the details, to find out

a) if it’s going on at your store
b) the dates of the catalina
c) the Purchase Requirements (aka – secret formula) for how many to buy
Another way to find out is that you’ll sometimes get a heads up in the form of a Catalina Notification.  It will print out randomly with the dates of the Catalina promotion on it, and how many of an item to buy to get the OYNO coupon.  If you ever receive one of these, let us know and we’ll post it with a deal!

What if the catalina doesn’t print like it should?

  • KEEP YOUR RECEIPT.  If you double-check it against the details and you bought all the right stuff (Size, quantity, variety) that you were supposed to – then call the Catalina Hotline!

1-888-8COUPON

(You need to have your products’ UPC codes and receipt ready, because they will ask for both!)

 


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