Extreme Couponing Tip: Keep Track of Catalinas

Extreme Couponing Tip: Keep Track of Catalinas

This week’s Extreme Couponing Tip is on keeping track of your Catalina Coupons.  As you guys well know by now, one of our favorite ways to save at LRWC is through Catalina Deals.

Do you remember the Track a Catalina Experiment post from the summer?  It’s amazing how much money we can save week to week by taking advantage of Catalina Deals and rolling them to buy products that will produce more Catalinas.  Even if you take advantage of Catalina Deals less frequently or instead of “rolling” them sometimes use them to buy products that are less likely to have coupons  like meat or produce, they are still a source for lots of savings.  It is important, therefore, to keep good track of your Catalinas!  Essentially, a Catalina Coupon–like all coupons–is paper money, so treat it like you would your cash.  Manage Catalinas in a safe place to ensure you don’t lose them!  Too often I have “misplaced” a Catalina Coupon and it is so frustrating.  I worked hard to plan a trip to ensure my Catalinas print, therefore it is all the more disheartening when I can’t find my Catalinas when it’s time to use them during my next trip.

Here are some tips on keeping track of Catalinas:

  • Upon receiving a new Catalina Coupon at the store, don’t just throw it in your bags with the receipt (like I’m guilty of sometimes).  It is too easy for them to then get lost in the process of getting home, unloading your groceries, the risk of them getting thrown out, etc.
  • Carry a special envelope or folder for your Catalina Coupons.  Even consider having one for each store.  Immediately place your Catalina Coupons in this special envelope upon receiving them and always store this envelope in a safe place.
  • Consider splitting your transactions and using your Catalinas received immediately on the next transaction so there’s no risk of losing them.  I do this sometimes.  I first buy the items I know will produce Catalinas.  I then use those Catalinas in my 2nd order if I’m not planning on rolling the Catalina and just want to use it to bring my 2nd order total down.  Note that some stores do not allow you to split transactions so consider placing your groceries in your car or bringing a shopping buddy with you.  My shopping buddy is Pat (aka Mr. LRWC)

What are your tips for keeping track of your Catalinas?

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  • Jen

    Am I right in thinking that catalinas are not store specific since they say they are manufacturer’s coupons or does a catalina from Happy Store only work at Happy Store?

  • Erin

    A Catalina from shop rite only works @ shop rite. It says manufacturer coupon but it’s considered “shop rite” so you can also use another coupon – this is what I believe & have done before

  • Liz

    I use a school pencil case with binder rings to attach to my coupon binder. I have one for Wags, CVS, and Shoprite. I keep it in front to remind me that I have them

  • mary

    What I always try to do is to split my order into two orders. Catalina-producing purchases are made first. Then I’ll use the catalinas on my second order. This way I can’t lose it or forget about it.

    If I’m going to ‘earn’ more than one catalina, then I’ll make a few trips into the store.

    Just yesterday I was going through my purse and found a catalina that expires today, so I’ll be going to SR later today to use it.

  • Jennifer

    I have some cheapie small photo albums that I use. One for shoprite (ONYO catalinas and SR coupons, and one for CVS (ECBs, MCM coupons, etc).

  • JoAnn

    I use an expandable file (purchased at Target for $1.00) It has many dividers in it. I use one section for each of the stores that I visit. In each section, I place the coupons that I want to use. When I get to the store, I take them out and that is where I place my catalinas when I receive them. I have also lost several, and it does upset me. But so far this has worked very well for me. By only taking the coupon that I am going to use, limits my over spending. Thanks again Cindy for everything. I think this is the best hobby I have ever had.

  • jasmin

    i use them right away on my next order for meat and produce. if not i keep them in my wallet with my $ so even if i forgot i have them when i go to pay…its there with my money and a nice surprise lol

  • Melanie

    I use the small flexible photo albums, that I picked up at Michael’s for $1.00 each, fits right inside my purse. It comes in very handy when I have stopped to shop for an unplanned trip to the store, I can easily flip the pages to see what I have.

  • Clover

    I have a small plastic coupon holder that I have labeled by the stores, 2 pockets per store. The front one gets catalinas and otherwise stays empty until I am in the store. As I put things in the cart, I move the coupon from the back one into the front one. Once at the register, everything in the front one comes out. Usually, while waiting, I have time to look at everything left in the back pocket to make sure I didnt forget a coupon (GOD FORBID, right?) I like having this “all stores” holder, so when Cindy posts a deal for the upcoming week, I can print the Qs and put them right into that stores pocket.

  • samantha

    are catalina coupons $off your order or $off a certain product?

    • Rocky

      There are two kinds of catalina coupons. One kind is just a manufacturer’s coupon that prints out for $ off a certain product. Then there is the kind that you ‘earn’ by buying certain products within a deal category. When you meet the criteria, those are the $ off your order kind.