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Week 2 – Pathmark and A&P Gift Card Deal – Up to a $60 Money Maker

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Back for a second week!  The awesome Gift Card Deal at Pathmark, A&P, Superfresh and Waldbaums is continuing through this week.  This giftcard deal has the potential to be up to a $60 Money Maker depending on the value of the giftcard you buy and the type of card you buy.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Buy $50 in select gift cards Get a $5 Catalina
  • Buy $100 in select gift cards Get a $10 Catalina
  • Buy $200 in select gift cards Get a $20 Catalina
  • Buy $500 in select gift cards Get a $60 Catalina

The cards included in the deal are:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Lowes
  • SpaFinder
  • Toys R Us
  • Nordstrom
  • Gas Cards
  • and most other cards

The only cards that have activation fees are the Visa and Mastercard and those run around $5.95

If you have been around here a while, you know that I love these gift card deals.  These are a great way to take money from your budget envelopes (if you have them) and pick up a gift card.  The catalina is just like free money to use in the store.

Here is a breakdown of some of the deals:

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  • Faith

    I tried this with both Visa and Mastercard purchases at A&P last week, and neither worked. Customer service couldn’t tell me why it didn’t work, and they worked on it for a day and then called me to offer an A&P gift card. Now all of the A&Ps that I have checked in North Jersey have signs up saying the only cards that work are Lowe’s, Spafinder, Toys R Us and Lord & Taylor.

    There are no Pathmarks that are convenient for me, but I’m wondering whether we can use the Pathmark catalinas at A&P? I could go to a Pathmark to purchase gift cards, but using the catalinas to buy groceries would be tough, unless they work at A&P – does anybody know?

    • Laura D.

      They won’t work at the other store. A&P sent our a corporate letter stating that “ALL” gift cards are included except the grocery store (A&P, PM, etc) cards. It states how many catalinas you should get. You can call ahead and ask. One transaction at A&P I got a rain check (good for 60 days) I did a transaction last night and catalinas did not print so they emailed corporate and I will find out today how I will get the 3 $20.

      Corporate did state in the letter that the problem was fixed with the variabe cards, however, it is not. At least as of last night.

      Depending on how they honor it, is whether or not I will do the next transaction at A&P or go back to Pathmark where it printed without any problems. A&P is easier for me. Considering I am planning on stocking my new freeaer for free I won’t complain if I need to stick the cooler in the back of the car and make a few stops home along my commute.

      • Cortney

        Still not fixed with variable amount cards – tried Visa at Waldbaum’s.

      • Winnie

        Hi Laura,

        Do you know if the Mastercard or Visa gift cards start deducting fees after a certain amount of time? I’m hesitant in purchasing the $500 card because I’m not sure how quick I would use it up.

        Also, can anyone explain the load any amount variable gift cards to me? I’ve never purchased such cards and I’m not sure how friendly or patient customer service would be to explain this all to me. TIA.

        • Laura D.

          Hi Winnie! I don’t think there are additional charges. Last year I bought a bunch to pay towards my sons college tuition. He just used the last 3 cards in September and there weren’t any deductions. We received the full $500 for each card.

          When you purchase the variable load card, you will tell them how much you would like loaded onto the card. They will give you an activation receipt with the amount on it. You just pay your amount picked plus $5.95 activation fee.

          I would highly suggest going to Pathmark to do the deal. A&P has not been working and getting the cats is an ordeal. I’m still waiting for my second $60. At Pathmark everything prints fine!

          I read the BP gas cards are working, you could buy 5 and get $60. I also did that not too long ago at Shoprite. There is a BP gas located in Hackensack on Hack Ave over by the McDonalds/RR tracks/ Staples/Home Depot area. At the light. Their prices are very good and the gas cards work on the cash price at the pump! Just an option. ;)

          Last year this was my first gift card deal, totally hooked!
          Have fun!

          • Winnie

            Thanks Laura! Do you happen to know if I can pay for this with a credit card or do I need to bring cash to purchase the $500 GC? Also, do I purchase the gift card at the customer service desk or the regular cashier lines? I wanted to do this last week but was too confused and worried about putting such a big investment down up front. But here’s the deal again and I really would like to try it this time around! Thanks so much for all your help!

            • Laura D.

              At one store I was able to use a credit card and the other I had to pay cash. I know $100 and under you can use a credit card, but with the $500 it depends on the store. I have been bringing cash along just in case. When using my credit card they have asked for my driver’s license, which I don’t have a problem with.

              You can go directly to the cashier to pay. At the Pathmark I went to, it was required to have the manager approve the transaction I think because of the $500 amount. The key was required to complete the transaction.

              Good Luck!

              • Winnie

                Yay!! Went this morning to Pathmark and it worked great! I was able to use my credit card and show my drivers license to purchase the $500 Visa GC. Paid $505.95 and received 3 $20 cats. No fees on the card and it doesn’t expire until 2020! Thanks Cindy for posting this and thank you Laura for all your guidance! :)

                • Laura D.

                  Awesome!! If you don’t mind me asking, which PM did you go to that let you use your credit card? I’d like to do the deal a couple more times and the last PM I did it with my credit card they now will only take cash. I can do that, but would much rather have the rewards along with this deal. TIA!!

                  • Winnie

                    I went to the Pathmark in Edgewater, NJ. I don’t know if it matters but there were not a lot of the Visa card that was pictured in the ad (the silver one). They did have one that was a wedding theme with bells and another that was purple with floral design… not sure if that would matter. I wonder if they would all register the cats or if it’s only the silver one pictured? Anyway, good luck and have fun making money!! :)

                    • Laura D.

                      Thanks Winnie!

      • CE

        I bought a $500 variable load american express giftcard on Sunday at Waldbaums and didn’t get the $60 in cats. I called corporate on Monday and after reviewing my transaction they mailed me $60 in cats which I received yesterday. I purchased a $200 american express giftcard at Pathmark on Monday and my $20 cat printed with no problem. I figured I’d give Waldbaums another try since it’s closer to my house so I bought a $50 Lowes giftcard last night and no cat printed. Went to customer service and they gave me a raincheck for $5. I don’t know why the cats are not printing in Waldbaums. They even had a sign in the gift card area about the promotion, but it said limit 1 offer.

      • Michelle T.

        It’s still not printing at A&P. When I was looking at the cards, an employee was stocking them and I asked her about it. She said I could get the variable amount card, but I would have to go to CS to have them give me the Cats. There was only a $5.95 fee, and I was able to put $500 on it with no problem. Since I bought it at CS (and was able to pay with my Discover card, cash back, yay!), she wrote out what look like rainchecks: 3X$20 ones, with an exp date of 12/20. She did tell me that I could use them all at once if I want.

        • Laura D.

          You were so lucky to have your A&P take care of it immediately for you! I’m still waiting :( for my secon $60 from them. Pathmark was so much easier.

          • Bill

            The management at my local A&P stores is so awful, I would not want to do this and have to rely on them to make it right since they’d make some excuse for it and corporate wouldn’t resolve it. I’d be much happier if I got A&P gift cards out of this instead of Catalinas or even $20 rainchecks.

  • Anna

    This week I bought $500 visa card at Pathmark and I got $60. I am thinking about doing this deal one more time this week. I just wonder if they will let me pay for the card with the visa card from the previous transaction. That would be great!

    • Jean K

      I did this on Wednesday morning. I went to 1 Pathmark close to me and purchased the $500 Visa gift card. (I used a debit card to pay). No problems with getting the 3 – $20 catalinas. I then went to another Pathmark a little further away. I asked if I could use the gift card to purchase another Visa gift card and the cashier at customer service (you can’t pay for it at a register, apparently) told me that it’s against policy to purchase a gift card with another gift card. I told her that I had done it before (although truthfully, I had done it before at Stop and Shop when they had a similar promo). I wound up just buying another $500 Visa gift card with my debit card. Again, no problems with getting my 3 – $20 catalinas. Later on Wednesday afternoon, I went back to the Pathmark by me and asked if I could use the gift card to purchase another one and the reps (there were 2) said that it won’t work because it would need to be paid by debit, to which I replied that on the gift card, it says “Debit” on it. They then said that when I pay, it’s going to ask for a pin number, and I said that I registered the card (via gowallet) and I had a pin associated with my card and would they mind trying anyway. They obliged and instead of asking me for a pin, it just asked for my signature, so YAY! I WAS able to roll over one of the cards to do the deal again (and still got my $60 worth of catalinas).

      I think it’s going to be a hit or miss on whether the rep will allow you to pay with the card. I say, it doesn’t hurt to try! HTH!

      • klara

        Hi, I tried to activate my visa card but was unable since I coudn’t find the location of atictivation code. Where can I find it? Thanks, Klara

    • Brooke

      Yes, I did that last week :)

  • Kathie

    If only i got paid this week.

    • Laura D.

      I put it on my rewards credit card and will pay it off in full when the statement comes.

      May I suggest looking into Cindy’s envelope system that she has info here on the site about. I started portioning my money differently in April of this year. I am amazed at how much “cash” we have accumulated in our grocery, gas and other variable budgets. I suggest it because when these great gift card deals come along you will have available cash to use. We basically just roll money around to get the rewards. Just a thought!

  • Chris

    Read that Hess was working. Bought $50 worth and got $5 cat. Bought $500 worth and only got another $5 cat. Just got off the phone with Pathmark customer service and my $60 cat. will be in the mail.

  • Cortney

    Anyone know the catalina dates? Is there a start date or can you use it immediately? Is it a two week end date?

    Also, does it print out as one $60 off?

    • ND

      3 X 20 = you can use only 1 per day!!

    • Laura D.

      I plan on bringing family with me and each of us doing a transaction and using 1 each time so I can use more than 1 per day. They each have their own rewards card. Gotta fill up the new freezer I just bought!

      • Cortney

        Thanks for the info – that’s not really a problem because my Waldbaum’s is close by, but it’s good to know!

    • Jean K

      1) I believe you can use it immediately… and all of mine (I got $120 worth) says they expire on 12/20.

      2) no, they come out as $20′s… so if you purchase the $500 GC, you’ll get 3 $20 cats

  • ND

    does anyone know if BP works??

    • Kathie

      Yes. It does.

  • Meg

    Where this deal is listed on their site or on paper, I want to go there prepared, my PM is a real pain when comes to customer service. Thank you.

    • Jean K

      on the Belleville, Clifton, Elizabeth, Elmwood Park, Fairlawn, Hackensack, Hopelawn, Jersey City, Newark Ferry Street circular (for PM), it’s on pg 8, just above the picture of the Butterball turkey.

      • Meg

        Thank you!

  • Darlene

    Last week I bought a $500 Visa Gift Card at Pathmark and then used that to buy $500 in gift cards at Acme. I got the $60 from Pathmark, and another $100 from Acme in free groceries!!!! Awesome!

  • R89892

    Hey, can you enlighten on acme deal please?? $100 gift card for 500$ gift card purchase?

  • Bettsy

    I went to Pathmark and purchased the $500 visa gift card and received the 3 $20 without a problem. Do note I handed in my card last as I had that problem a couple of weeks ago with the Ragu purchase :(

    Can’t wait to purchase another one…. This was great thank you I missed the deal last week!

  • Vivian

    Just to be clear, I can or can NOT use the gift card I purchased last week to buy another gift card this week? Thanks in advance for setting me straight :)

    • Brooke

      I was able to buy Visa card with a Mastercard that I had already purchased at Pathmark. A&P would not let me do that. Pathmark is so much easier to deal with than A&P.

  • Flora

    Went to path mark today. Got a 500 visa card Put it on my Discover. Got 60 in cats. 5.99 act fee. Now will go to sears and pay the discover bill. Will do again. Can use debit to pay also. Great deal. Do these visas work likevdebit cards for smaller trans. Like at gas stations..? Input appreciated

    • Cat

      When you pay your discover bill at sears, how are you going to pay? Are you going to use the $500 gift card or do you have to use cash or check?

  • Flora

    Changed my mind. Was able to use the visa
    card at path mark later in the day to get an assortment of gift cards totaling 500 and as I said paid with the visa card and got another 60. Does it say anywhere that you can’t use a visa gift card to buy others?

    • Cat

      Flora, what gift cards did you buy? I got a $500 visa card at Pathmark and BP gas cards and they worked. I am afraid to try other gift cards and have no Catalina print! Thanks

    • karen

      I bought the $500 Visa g/card first, then I used it to buy $200 (8x$25) Shell g/cards. It worked great @ Pathmk. I didn’t want to buy another $500 amt of g/cards cuz I didn’t want to go thru the hassle of going to customer service and showing my id. So I will just do another transaction later on this wk and use up my $500 g/cards @ Pathmk and get my gas cards and cats;)

  • karen

    Not sure what my mother-in-law did…she said she bought Shell, Bed Bath &Beyond, JC Penny’s, Sears and only got back $5:(

  • Cat

    I got a $500 gift card at Pathmark and it worked. Got a $ 500 gift card at Waldbaums and it didn’t. I am wondering if I should contact Catalina marketing or call Waldbaums corporate. Any suggestions or thoughts on what would be better?

  • Anonymous

    Can the card be bought by $25.00 each x4/total is $100.00,anyone know if We can do that or we have to buy $50 or $100 only to get the cat?TIA

    • Cat

      When I bought 2 $25 BP gas cards I got a $5 Catalina. This was at Pathmark.

  • Flora

    Cat. If Waldbaums is advertising the promo. And u didn’t get it I would have gone right to CS. With a complaint. In pathmarh I asked FIRST. Then told her ok. She said you can get any cards except path mark. I got 500 of assorted. Store and gas. Would use them for Christmas giving anyway. Went to pay with 500 visa card previously purchased there and it went through fine. As I was packing up. Another worker came in and said to her we aren’t supposed to take debits in payment. The girl said oh I didn’t know, but it had already went through fine Bought another 500 visa card yesterday. Will try today tonuse for gas cards or just keep for monthly spending. It all depends on who you get. Good luck!

  • Jill

    Ok I have a question. I didn’t do this deal last week because I didn’t have the money. If I get the $5oo giftcard (I will be shopping at Pathmark) can I use all 3 $60 catalinas in one order? When do they expire? TIA!

  • Flora

    You are supposed to use one a day. But if u go to a diff register. It should be ok. They need to get an override every time one is used. They exp I think on 12/20. Hope this helps

    • Jill

      Thanks! Maybe I’ll bring my husband so we can use two. ;-)

  • Flora

    The path mark I used is in toms river on Indian hill rd. Corner of rt 9. They take credit cards no problem. have a wide selection of gift cards too

  • sara

    I want to do this deal also, so instead of using my checking account to pay for my car insurance I am just gonna use the money from my checking account buy the gift card and use it to pay my car insurance online,(since they take credit cards) and get back the $ 60.00 catalinas…..does that sound like a good idea?? thanks sara

    • Cindy

      A Perfect Idea! Gotta love Free Groceries!

  • Bettsy

    I used my credit card today to purchase another $500 visa (this time i got the yellow one) and supervisor had to come over for approval…I was afraid to use the gift card purchased on Friday so just used my credit card. He did tell me if I use my debit I did not need to go through approval. I explained that i get more points by using my card as credit instead of debit.

    . Has anyone tried purchasing iTunes or amazon card? There aren’t any signs in my store

  • Flora

    I’m sure I tunes would work. Just ask them. Also. Sara. Great idea tonuse insurance money just sall your car insurer to make sure they take this type of a card. It needs to be swiped! Let us know what they say

    • Michelle T.

      I bought a variable amount visa for $500 and just used it for xmas shopping and regular expenses that I would have normally charged (used a credit card to pay for GC) , i pay off my balance every month anyway. I was able to order online from Toys R Us and paid with this GC, i didnt even think about swiping, it worked :)

  • Bettsy

    I purchased different gift cards today (amazon, iTunes, toys r us, Starbucks, amc) totaling &500 and it worked perfectly! Thanks again all for your input.

    Took my mom with me we made separate purchases and each used a $20 Catalina so out of pocket we spent about a dollar for $40 worth of groceries :) can’t beat it!

  • Laura D.

    FINALLY!!!! The $500 GC deal is working at A&P, Yay!!!

    • Winnie

      I can imagine your excitement! I purchased my first gift card deal yesterday at Pathmark and I’m still so happy about it. Been itching and thinking about getting another one, but too scared!! lol

      • Laura D.

        I had such an awful time with this deal this week at A&P. It took them 4 days to get me the $60 they owed me. Overall I have 6 Visa’s that are headed straight for the Bursar’s office tomorrow to finish paying spring tuition! Now I need to keep my fingers crossed that my freezer will be delivered in time, I do have a plan B, but I’d much rather fill up the freezer!

        If you have a car insurance payment coming up, they may take it, you can call in advance. Last year I even called the tax office in my town to see if I could pay my property tax with the cards, they said they would have to charge me to use them :( so that didn’t work. Never hurts to ask, lol!

        • Winnie

          Hope you get your freezer in time! I think I just may wait around for them to do another gift card deal. Do these deals come around often or only like once a year?

          • Laura D.

            Delivery is Saturday, Woo Hoo!!!
            This $60 MM only comes around once a year. There are others that will pop up but are generally $5-$10 MM and you need to do multiple transactions. Usually at Shoprite. Cindy’s envelope system is a great way to have the cash on hand to take advantage of deals like this when they come along.

            I used the $20 PM cat and rolled it into the Smucker’s deal and received another $5 cat plus a MM on the brownies today.

            Sometimes it’s good to try a new deal to get your feet wet, see how it all works out, then make the decision if it’s the right thing for you. ‘Cause once your hooked, there’s no turning back ;) !!! Happy Shopping!

            • Winnie

              Yay for your freezer!! :) I’m not at the extra freezer level yet… but am looking forward to that day when I can get one. I have no will power. While I was shopping at Pathmark earlier today, I ended up getting another $500 Visa GC!! LOL You are so right, it is sooooo addicting and FUN!!

              • Laura D.

                LOL!! It’s official, you’re hooked!! :))

  • kewokes

    got $190 catalina for free groceries at pathmark after purchasing 4 gift cards!!! yay me! The $60 catalina didn’t print for the last purchase so i had the cashier call their corporate office. it was fixed the next day (monday) and i got a raincheck for $60. better than the catalina because i get to use it all in one shot!!!!

  • jim

    A few things to note:

    1. This is a great way to make donations to your local food bank/pantry.
    credit card.
    2. Official Policy is that if you want to use a credit card for a purchase (including gift cards)>$200, store management (including the front end manager or bookkeeper) must approve. They should be able to give you a reason why they will not. If they ask for ID, its due to credit card theft. If they do decline and you think the reason is unreasonable, I would call Pathmark and complain. Based on my call this morning, there is no policy that states you can only purchase gift cards with cash.
    3. If they tell you that a manager is not available to approve, ask them for who is in charge. There must be a management person on site at all time – and they would be authorized to make that decision. Don’t let them tell you that there is no one from management on site – that means that have a much bigger issue on their hands.

  • Jaime

    Has anyone else besides Laura D had the Catalinas print at A&P? I want to try it again this week so bad, but it was such a hassle to call the company last week.

    • CE

      If your cats don’t print, go to CS. They will give you a rain check for the amount owed to you.

      • Jaime

        I did last week, and the store manager told me I had to call corporate. They were fine, but I was on hold for a while. Then they sent the Cats via certified mail, and I wasn’t home when the mailman came, so I had to wait over the weekend until I could go into the post office … you get the idea.

    • Cindy

      They printed for me. More times then I care to mention ;) Let’s say I’m doing all my gas, grocery, bills and Christmas shopping with gift card.

    • Jaime

      I bought the variable amount Visa at A&P, added $500 and the $60 Cats printed like magic. So refreshing compared to last week. This deal feels like an early Christmas present!

  • G

    I plan on going to superfresh to do this deal. I am new at this so can someone please tell me what exact visa card i need to buy at superfresh. I plan to do the $500 card. Thanks!!!

    • Laura D.

      At A&P and Pathmark, ALL cards (except grocery store cards) are working. You may want to call and ask if they received the letter from corporate stating ALL gift cards were included. It seems to be working great now!
      Have fun!

  • Ueen

    @Cindy: lol @moretimesthanicaretomention. how about I say it for you. it is, free, free, free, and freeeeeeeeee pathmark groceries. :)

    • Laura D.

      LOL!!! I was thinking the same thing but chickened out on posting it!

    • Cindy

      Yes it is and I’m loving it. Walk in, shop, pay with my catalinas and a few cents from my wallet. I’m actually kind of glad it’s ending. I was driving my husband crazy. I’m like, don’t pay a bill until you check to see if we can use a credit/debit card. Every time he finds one or 2, I do the deal again.

      • Bettsy

        I had to exercise self control today and not purchase another one lol

      • ueen

        Hahaha. We got “cray” with getting woodson and james angus beef. There is a $5 off $25 Q in this link http://www.woodsonandjames.com/ and with the $20 Cat, free meat.

  • Dave

    I did this deal last week, and I think I’ll head back today for another $60 in catalinas.

    If you get a Visa or Mastercard gift card and don’t want to keep it, google Amazon Payments on the web. Basically, you can send $1000 per month in gift cards to another person (like your spouse) who can then deposit them back in their checking account to pay for the gift card. There’s no fee from Amazon for this service. I did it last week, and will dispose of my new card the same way.

    • Stefanie

      I Dave, i looked into the Amazon Payments thanks for providing the info. Can you tell me how one might add a balance from their gift card to the Amazon account?

  • Winnie

    I love Pathmark!!!! :) With all these cats to use up, I don’t think I’ll be visiting Shoprite for the next 2 weeks (unless there’s an AWESOME deal, of course!) Happy Shopping everyone!!

    • Bettsy

      I was thinking the same thing lol. Going to get my last GC today’:)

  • Anonymous

    does anyone know if we can buy 2 500 visa gift card in one day ?










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