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Posted: March 9, 2017
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Couponing For

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide.  Let’s break couponing down to be fun and easy, not extreme and time-consuming!

Question from reader Jackie:

I’m new to couponing and am having a hard time seeing the savings. Most of the things I see coupons for are for things I don’t use. I cook from scratch a lot and there seem to be a lot of ready made items with coupons. Tell me what I am missing please.

Jackie, that is a great question! The thing I personally save the most on is diapers & all baby items, cereal, big-ticket purchases, and personal care/hygeine items. Sometimes, watching for sales and knowing when the items you normally buy are at their lowest point is another way to save if there aren’t coupons for the items you buy.

There are almost always coupons for diapers

Normally, people go to the store and pay $11 or so for a jumbo pack of diapers once or twice a week.  I wait for them to be on sale for $8.99, then I use a $2 or $3 off coupon, plus combine that with Rite Aid’s catalina +UP rewards, which prints another $1 off coupon.  So my “stock up” price is $5.50.

If you buy diapers for two years at one pack a week without looking for sales, you will pay:  $1144

If you buy diapers for two years at one pack a week (or averaging one pack a week, I normally buy 3 or 4 when they go on sale then don’t buy for a few weeks) you will pay:  $572.  And that’s if you’re paying $5.50 – a few weeks ago there was a deal at Target for diapers for $2.50 a pack with coupons!

The story is similar with baby formula and baby foods and clothes.

Another area I save  a lot of money on is big-ticket items

I don’t save up money and as soon as I have money for an item go buy it.  I had money saved up last fall for a wooden playground for my kids, but couldn’t find a deal.  Four weeks ago Toys R’ Us had a sale where they were 30-40% off based on the set, and I had a $100 coupon! I got my set cheaper then you can buy them used – trust me, I searched KSL and Craigslist daily!!!

All personal care items and non-prescription pharmacy items I get 70% off or free

You can also save the most on with coupons and watching for sales at CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. And these aren’t junk food – these are soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, and toothpaste. Things we all use. Almost always you get free toothpaste and toothbrushes so I never pay for those.

Yet another great place to save money on is at dining out! I use coupons every time I go out to eat, BOGO free entrees save you a lot of dough!

In the End How Do You Save?

So in the end, will your grocery bill go down because of couponing if you eat all healthy, organic food? Not drastically.  Will your costs for other necessities decrease? Trick question! At first, hold on to your seats, they will increase.  Because you don’t have a stockpile!  So every good deal you see you will want to grab.  But once you get a huge stockpile, your price points shift lower and lower and you spend less and less.  You will see dramatic savings.

Ask CCD Readers: What do you save the most money on using coupons?

Posted: January 10, 2017
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catalina-couponsPart of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide Let’s break couponing down to be fun and easy, not extreme and time-consuming!

What is a Catalina??

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A Catalina is a piece of paper that prints at the end of your transaction.  There are 4 different types of Catalinas that may print for you:

  1. Dollar Off Coupons: An example would be a “$4.00 off your Next Your Purchase” Catalina.  These can be used on ANY future purchase.
  2. Manufacturer Coupons: Sometimes you may get a manufacturer’s coupon printed out instead.  I usually buy Beech Nut Baby Food for my daughter because it is cheaper.  But Gerber wants me to purchase their brand, so I will always get Gerber Manufacturer Coupons printed out of the Catalina Machine.  Many times we don’t know when or if we will get the manufacturer’s coupons printed out after our order.  Just think of it as a little surprise if you do!
  3. Store Coupons: Target is a great example of this.  Instead of printing out a manufacturer’s coupon for a brand, you will actually get a Target Coupon.  These are great to get because you can use one Target coupon and one Manufacturer’s coupon on each item.
  4. Previews of Upcoming Catalinas: Sometimes you may not get one of the 3 coupons I mentioned above.  Instead, you will get a preview of an upcoming Catalina.  It will tell you when the Catalina Promotion Starts and which products qualify to get the coupon.

 

Helpful Hints on Getting your Catalina to Print

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  • Make sure the Catalina Machine is on: Before the cashier starts scanning your items, make sure the Catalina machine’s green light is on. If it isn’t, your Catalina will not print. And, if the Catalina machine is turned on in the middle of your transaction, chances are that you will not get it to print either.  So make sure you check that before you start checking out.
  • Double Check the Items you are Purchasing: In order for a Catalina to print, you have to purchase the EXACT sizes, quantities and brand.  If the 11.8 oz Box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is part of the Catalina Promotion and you purchase the bigger box instead, you WILL NOT get a catalina printed out.  So make sure you double check sizes, brands and that you purchased the right amount.
  • Call up Catalina: Sometimes you do everything right and the Catalina still doesn’t print out.  What do you do in that case?  Call up Catalina directly at 1-888-8COUPON or email them at ncsc@catalinamarketing.com.  You will need to have your receipt and item handy so they can get the information from you.  If you did purchase the correct brand, sizes and quantities, then they will mail you your Catalina coupon.

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Where you can find a Catalina Coupon List?

Well, these are hard to come by as they aren’t advertised.  I post them when I find them.

They are not all inclusive, but are great starting point.

Posted: August 11, 2011
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Albertson’s has a super great deal on pizza rolls this week! The ad runs through Aug 16th.

We LOVE pizza rolls and it’s a super deal!

If you buy 10 select products you get a $5 Catalina.

Here’s how to get the deal:

Buy 10 boxes pizza rolls, 15 ct, 10/$10
Use up to 10 $0.35/1 Totino’s Pizza Rolls, any count, (SS 08/07/11)
Pay: $6.50 oop, Get a $5 Catalina good on your next purchase
Final Price:  $0.15 Each!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Posted: August 11, 2011
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Right now there is a Catalina that will print for $2 off a future order wyb 15 Alpo Cans of Wet Dog Food.  Go to Coupon Network register and add your store cards.  You can see the offer if you click YourBucks. You must be logged in in order to determine if this catalina is in your area! You don’t have to print anything to bring to the store for this deal just make sure you scan your Kmart Shop Your Way Rewards Card.

The Alpo is a temporary price cut at Kmart so HURRY to get this deal!

Do this transaction:

Buy 16 Alpo Prime Cuts, 13.2 oz, $0.69
Use 4 $1/4 Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food Printable (you will need 2 computers for this one)
Pay: $7.04 OOP, Get $2 Catalina for your next shopping trip
Final Price:  $0.32 a can!

*My stock up price list has $.59 as a great price!

View more Kmart Deals

Posted: August 11, 2011
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I like to keep hydrated especially in the heat this summer!  Sometimes I get tired of just water so I like to buy Propel.  It tastes like juice to me, but has no sugar!  It’s great to give to the kids without hyping them up.  Propel can get expensive so I always like to find it on sale!  Kmart has it for 2/$1 (Price Drop).
When it is usually $1.29 for one that’s a stock up price for me!

Remember non-advertised deals can vary by location.

Propel Water, Assorted Flavors, 24 oz, 2/$1
Final Price: $0.50 Each!

Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave, 6oz, $1.99
Use $1/1 Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave, exp. 9/10/11 (SS 07/24/11)
OR use $0.75/1 Skintimate Cream Shave Printable
AND stack with $1/1 Edge or Skintimate Shave Cream or Gel, Shop Your Way Rewards Booklet
Final Price: FREE – $0.24

Edge Shave Gel, 7 oz, $1.99
Use $0.55/1 Edge Shave Gel, exp 9/3/11 (SS 07/24/11)
AND stack with $1/1 Edge or Skintimate Shave Cream or Gel, Shop Your Way Rewards Booklet
Final Price: $0.44

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap 7.5 oz , $1
Use the $1/1 Soft Soap coupon, Shop Your Way Rewards Coupon Book at customer service desk

Final Price= FREE!

Buy 16 Alpo Prime Cuts, 13.2 oz, $0.69
Use 4 $1/4 Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food Printable (you will need 2 computers for this one)
Pay: $7.04 OOP, Get $2 Catalina for your next shopping trip
Final Price:  $0.32 a can!

*My stock up price list has $.59 as a great price!

Stayfree Maxi, 48 ct, $3.99
Use B1G1 Stayfree Product, exp. 8/30/11 (SS 06/26/11)
Pay: $3.99
Final Price:  $2 Each

Twizzlers, 16 oz, 2/$4
Use $0.75/1 Twizzlers Product, exp 8/31/11 (SS 06/26/11)
OR use $0.75/1 Twizzlers Product, exp 10/31/11 (SS 08/07/11)
OR use $0.50/1 Twizzlers Product, exp 8/31/11 (SS 06/26/11 R)
OR use $1/3 Twizzlers Product, exp 8/31/11 (SS 06/26/11 R)
Final Price: as low as $1.25 (this is the BIG package)

SoBe Life Water, 20 oz, Fuze, 16.9 oz, $1.00
Use B4G1 Gold Peak Tea wyb Gold Peak Tea, Fuze or Dasani, exp. 11/30/11 (Tearpad)
Final Price: $0.80 Each

Alpo Prime Cuts, 13.2 oz can, $0.69
Use B2G2 Purina Alpo (Recyclebank)
OR use B1G1 Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food Printable
OR use $1/4 Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food Printable
Final Price:  as low as $0.35 each

Purina Beggin Strips, 6 oz, $2.39
Use $1/2 Purina Dog Snacks Peelie on the package
Final Price:  $1.89 each

View more Kmart Deals This Week

Posted: August 11, 2011
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Here’ s a great deal at Albertsons:

Dreyer’s Ice Cream 1.5 quart – two for $6
Use $1/2 Dreyer’s Products 6/12/2011 Smart Source Insert
Pay $5 OOP
Receive a $4 catalina
Final Price= $.50 each!

WARNING: The ad says to buy 4 to get the catalina, but it is reported in many stores as printing when you only buy 2!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Thanks, Queen Bee Coupons

Posted: August 1, 2011
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Here’s my favorite places to buy baby diapers this week:

Kmart:

Buy 2 Pampers Big Boxes of Diapers, $19.99 each
Use 2 $2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection Diapers, exp. 8/31/11 (P&G 07/31/11)
Pay: $35.98
Get back: $10 catalina for spending over $35 on Pampers
Final Price= $25.98 for two of the BIG boxes!

CVS

Pampers Jumbo Pack – $8.99
-Use 2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection Diapers, exp. 8/31/11 (P&G 07/31/11)
-Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
Final Price = $5.99

Rite-Aid

Pampers Jumbo Packs – 2/$19
-Use (2)2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection Diapers, exp. 8/31/11 (P&G 07/31/11)
-Get $4 in +Up Rewards WYB 2 (Limit 4)
Final Price = $11 for 2 ($5.50 each)

Walgreens

Pampers Jumbo Packs – 2/$20
-Use (2) $2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection Diapers, exp. 8/31/11 (P&G 07/31/11)
-Get $3 Register Rewards WYB 2
Final Price = $13 for 2 ($6.50 each)

Target

Huggies Big Packs – $19.79
-Use $3/1 Huggies coupon (SS 7/17)
Final Price = $16.79

Pampers Big Packs – $19.79
-Use $2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection Diapers, exp. 8/31/11 (P&G 07/31/11)
Final Price = $17.79

View the Amazon diaper deals at Saving with Shellie!

Posted: July 26, 2011
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First, never checkout at Customer Service at stores like Kmart because they don’t have catalina machines.

If a catalina was supposed to print but it didn’t, ask a manager first.  Sometimes they will manually print one for you! If not, you can call the Catalina Corporation at: 1-888-826-8766. They will help you. It will take a few weeks, but they will send you the catalina!

Posted: July 25, 2011
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Kmart Doubles Coupon Trip

UPDATE: There may be some Kmart’s not participating in the catalina deal, check Coupon Network and click on Your Bucks after you’ve logged in to see if your area is participating!

UPDATE: It looks like to get your catalina to print on the second transaction you’ll need  a filler item!

WOW I need you all to know that I just went to Kmart: BOGO Free coupons ARE doubling AND the Cottonelle deal is BETTER then we thought: Catalinas are rolling, and you only have to buy 2 to get the catalina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please buy the FREE dog and cat food (I added them to the Kmart Shopping List) and donate it if you don’t have a dog!

Here’s an updated Cottonelle Scenario:

Transaction #1

Scan your Shop Your Way rewards card (or the catalina’s will not print!)
Buy 3 packs of Cottenelle 12pk double rolls, $4.99  (look for the Purple packs as shown above with Cars2 mark on them!!!)
Use (3) $0.75 off Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue, exp. 8/28/11 (SS 07/17/11)
Or use (3) $0.75/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper, exp. 1/31/12 (Porque Sabes Ahorrar Compras)
Pay: $10.47 OOP
$4.50 Catalina will print

Transaction #2

Scan your Shop Your Way rewards card (or the catalina’s will not print!)
Buy 2 packs of Cottenelle 12pk double rolls, $4.99
Buy 1 filler item
(crayons are $.25 this week!)
Use (2) $0.75 off Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue, exp. 8/28/11 (SS 07/17/11)
Or use (2) $0.75/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper, exp. 1/31/12 (Porque Sabes Ahorrar Compras)
AND use $4.50 catalina from previous transaction  (this is why you need the filler item)
Final Price= $2.48 for TWO 12-packs of TP!  Stock up price!
AND a $3.50 catalina will print out!

Now if you are a cuckoo coupon shopper read on:
Use the 5 of the codes from the packs to receive a $10 prepaid visa from Kimberly-Clark. *you must buy the packs with the Cars 2 markings on them to get the codes!
Final Price if you do this deal twice and get the $10 prepaid visa & count the remaining $3.50 catalina= $.55 MONEYMAKER

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Kmart Double Deals this week! 8 Freebies!

Posted: April 25, 2011
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Confession: I’ve never used wisk! So it’s hard for me to say if this is a cuckoo deal or not since I don’t know if it’s great detergent.

Wisk Laundry Detergent, 50oz $5.99
Use the $2.00/1 – Wisk Laundry Detergent Coupon (zip 90210 pg. 4)  GONE
Pay $3.99
Get a $2.00 Catalina
Final Price= $1.99

View more Albertson’s deals this week: Northwest deals, Southwest area, So. Cal deals

Thanks, Coupon Katarina

Posted: February 28, 2011
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I’ve got this question a lot today.  I was going to go in and see if you could do two transactions in one day, but when I called the store the manager said you could only get one $10 catalina to print per day.  That’s alright, I live a mile away and will go in tomorrow.   Read my full post and read the comments on this post to answer most other questions people have been emailing me today, thanks!

Posted: February 28, 2011
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I had a phenomenal trip this morning to the Kmart Double Coupon Event and am getting ready to go again today with my mom  and use the $1/1 Tide and $1/1 Charmin and $/1 Bounty coupons I got inside my Pampers I bought! Let me explain in further detail:

Not all boxes have the $30 in P&G coupons inside – look for the specially marked packages, then do this deal:

Buy 2 packages
Use the $2/1 Pampers Diapers or Pants, exp. 3-31-11 (P&G 02/27/11)
Pay $29.98 OOP
Recieve a $10 catalina
Final Price= $9.99 each for the biggest size packages!
Now I was worried, because after I scanned my Kmart rewards card, these are the only 2 catalinas that printed:
Then I paid for my transaction, and my receipt printed: (note I used $1.75/1 coupons because I didn’t have the $2/1 pampers coupons)
THEN finally the $10/$10 coupon printed!!!!
THEN a coupon printed for a FREE pretzels!  I won a KaChing reward!

Hurray! Well things just kept getting better, checkout the coupons that were in the Pampers boxes I bought: (I put my favs in pink!):

$2/1 Any Size Pampers Swaddlers or Cruisers
$1/1 Similac Brand Infant Formula
$1/1 Dreft Baby Laundry Detergent 32 loads or larger
$.50/1 pampers wipes 60 ct. or larger
$2/1 Vicks Baby Rub
$1/1 Tide Any Size
$1/1 Bounce Dryer Bar
$1/1 Downy Fabric Softner Any Size

$1/1 6 roll Ct.  or Larger Bounty Paper Towels
$1/1 Any Charmin
$1/2 Cascade
$1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal
$1/1 Any Pack Duracell CopperTop 6 Pack or Larger
$7/1 Crest White Strips
$1/1 Febreeze Air Effects
$1/1 Febreeze Fabric Refresher
$4/1 Flamelss Luminary Starter Kit
$1/2 Snack Sticks
$2/1 Venus Razors
$1/1 Always Pads or Pantyliners
$1/1 Secret Clinical Strength
$2/1 Gillette Clinical Deodorant or any 2 deodarents (full size only)
Buy any Gillete Deodorant, get a  Free Gillette Body Wash
BOGO Free Old Spice Body Spray
$1/2 Old Spice
So when I was at the store, I saw this deal:

I saw that Bounty paper towels are $12.99 (reg. $17.99) for 12 big rolls, that equal 16 rolls!

Well, now I have $1/1 Bounty coupons from my Pampers box I purchase, PLUS these are P&G so if you spend over $35 you’d get yet another $10 /$10 coupon!

I also saw Charmin 24 big rolls (equals 48 regular rolls) on sale for $15.99, and there’s $1/1 Charmin’s in the coupon booklet as well!

So JUST using the coupon booklet out of the Pampers boxes you can get this deal:

Buy 1 Bottle of Tide 75oz or 55 Load $8.99
Buy 1 Bounty paper towels $12.99
Buy 1 Charmin 24 double rolls TP – $15.99

Total before coupons= $37.97 (so you’ll get the $10 catalina)
Use the $1/1 Tide coupon
Use the $1/1 Bounty Coupon
Use the $1/1 Charmin coupon
Pay: $31.97 OOP
Recieve a $10 catalina
Final Price= $21.97 for all three!

OR you can get another item for free from this list, and use the $4 off any $40 coupon purchase that printed from earlier, and get another $4 off + free item!

View more Kmart double deals this week!

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