Catalina Coupon Basics
The term Catalina Coupons refers to any coupons printed at the cash register when you complete a purchase at a store. They are often also referred to simply as “Catalinas”, “check-out coupons” or “register rewards”. They are printed by a Catalina machine, that sits right next to the cash register.
Types of Catalina Coupons
There are two types of Catalina coupons. The first and most common type are cents-off coupons that are good on a specific product. For example $1.00 off any box of General Mills cereal.
The other type of Catalina coupon is what we call an OYNO (on your next order) coupon and these are coupons that are for cents-off anything in your next purchase. For example $1.00 off your next purchase. There is usually some fine print exclusions on these that typically exclude you from using OYNO Catalina coupons on alcohol, tobacco, gift cards and stamps, and in some states, dairy or fluid milk.
Both types can either print based your recent store purchases or because the brand is having a special promotion.
How to Save by Using Catalina Coupons
Catalina coupons are printed at the time of a purchase and are good for use during your next purchase at that same retailer. Some stores may choose to accept competitor’s Catalina coupons, and this is based on each stores’ coupon policy.
In most cases Catalinas cannot be combined with other manufacturer’s coupons, unless they are specifically categorized as store coupons.
In the case of regular cents-off Catalina coupons good on a specific product you would use this coupon much like you would any other manufactures coupon, waiting for a good sale to combine your coupon with to maximize the savings. Be sure to watch what prints out at the register because often these coupons are higher value coupons, and sometimes even free item coupons!
Getting the most out of OYNO Catalina coupons is a trick that experienced couponers learn. These coupons are always targeted based on what you buy, and vary in value based on the quantity you purchase. For example there may be a Catalina promotion where buying (2) Kraft Cheese nets you a $1.00 off OYNO Catalina coupon, buying (3) nets you $1.50, and buying (4) results in $2.50.
Your strategy should be to use any manufactures coupons that you have for Kraft cheese to buy your desired quantity (usually buying the larger quantity in the promotion will yield you the highest savings), and then you would get your ONYO Catalina coupon and “Roll” it onto another set of items (Rolling is allowed at most grocery stores, however usually not at Walgreens).