Again I want to give a HUGE thank your to Claire from Saving Money Plan who is the mastermind behind the FREE Coupon Class. Make sure to go sign up on her blog so you can get the info straight from her! We will be following her great Coupon Course for the next 10 weeks to learn even MORE Ways To Save. So let’s begin this week’s class:
This week we’ll be working on CATALINAS and REGISTER REWARDS. Although we have explored some of this before, it’s a good time to go back and make sure you understand exactly how register rewards and catalinas work.
What is a Catalina and/or Register Reward?
A catalina is essentially a coupon that is automatically printed out at the register when you buy a certain item. At Walgreens, these are called Register Rewards. Like other deals, you can find out about Catalinas in a store’s inserts or at a money-saving coupon blog like Saving Money Plan.
The big thing to remember about Catalinas/Register Rewards is that they count to the machine as a “coupon.” Let’s say you are buying 1 item. If you are already using a manufacturer’s coupon then your Register Reward will “count” as a second coupon, meaning the register will think you are using two coupons for one product, and won’t allow the transaction. The solution is to buy a really cheap item (a piece of candy, say), called a “filler” by most couponers so that you can get the one coupon-to-one item ratio back.
Another thing to remember with Register Rewards is that they are not just like ECBs at CVS. Yes, you do present them to the clerk like cash, but you cannot use a register reward you got on a shampoo deal to then buy more of the same shampoo deal. Instead, if you want to keep buying the shampoo deal, you’ve got to use either a different register rewards coupon (say for a soup deal), or cash! Finally, Register Rewards are set to print as one Register Reward for each item – so if there is no limit on the number of free shampoo you can get, you still must do separate transactions to get each and every register reward on each bottle!
Make sense? I know it may seem a bit confusing, but it’s something that you’ll get the hang of easily with a little practice.
Let’s get to the deals at Walgreens.
EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream 7 oz. $2.99
Get $2.99 Register Rewards
Final price FREE
Soft Scrub 24 or 25.4 oz., Lysol Bathroom Cleaner, Mildew Remover 24 or 32 oz., Zout 22 oz. BOGO
Use buy one get one free Soft Scrub printable coupon
Use $.50/1 Lysol coupon from 4/25 SmartSource Insert
Final price as low as FREE
Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor System $7.99
Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $5/1 coupon from 5/9
FREE plus moneymaker
Infusium Leave In Conditioner $4.99
Use $2/1 Walgreens from Walgreens May Coupon Book
Also use $3/1 coupon from 5/9 SmartSource insert
Very Cheap Deals:
Buy 2 Pantene Hair care at $3.50 each,Get $2 Register Rewards
Use 2 $2/1 coupons from the March Vocalpoint mailer (or $1/1 coupons from the 5/2 P&G insert)
Aleve Pain Relief 40 ct. smooth gels, 50 ct. caplets or tablets $4.99
Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 Aleve coupon from 5/2/10 SmartSsource Insert, 3/21/10 SmartSource Insert
Final price $1.99‘
I want to thank Claire for her 6th week coupon class!This week I didn’t have to think as hard although I didn’t have some of the SmartSource Insert coupons either so I wasn’t able to do all of the deals this week. How did you do? Check in next week for week 7!