Catalina, It’s Not Just a Dressing!

Cata-what?  Catalinas, Cats, Your Bucks.   It’s all the same thing, but what on earth does it mean and how do they work?


  • A Catalina is a coupon that prints out at the register at most grocery and some retail stores.   They print out of their own machine, made by the Catalina company, hence the name.


  • Why do they print?   Sometimes they are just advertisements for services (those annoying oil change coupons), some notify you of upcoming or current catalina promos (i.e:  Buy 2 Glade air fresheners, get $2 ONYO).  Purchase-triggered catalinas print when you buy a certain number of items in a product family (see previous example).  These are where the magic can happen!


  • Catalinas come in 2 main forms:
    • Manufacturer coupons – save a specific amount on a specific product.  Just like the coupons that come in your Sunday paper, but they are usually only good at the store they came from.
    • ONYO coupons – “Save $5 on your next trip”.  You can use these on a second transaction, and they are great to offset the cost of meats, produce, and dairy items, which are costly and don’t usually have coupons.  These can come as store coupons or manufacturer coupons, so make sure to check, especially if you are stacking.


An "ONYO" Cat

An “ONYO” Cat


Why are Catalinas magic?

  • You can roll them.  Meaning, if you do a Catalina deal, you can usually turn around and do the same deal again, using your Cat to pay for the next transaction!  Here is an example of a recent Catalina deal at Albertsons  (*this deal is no longer active, just an example*):
    • The promo was as follows:
      V8 Fusion V8 100% Vegetable Juice Catalina, 46 oz +, 5.5 oz 6 pks or 11.5 oz 6 pks
      Effective: 1/28 – 2/24:
      Buy 2, receive $1.50 Catalina
      Buy 3, receive $2.00 Catalina
      Buy 4+, receive $3.00 Catalina


    • The deal was as follows:
      • V8 Fusion – $2

      Buy 2
      Use $1/2 V8 Fusion Printable Coupon and 1 TTV
      Pay $2.00 after doubles, Get back $1.50 Catalina
      Final Price: $0.25 WYB 2 after Catalina

      • Do the same transaction again!

      Buy 2
      Use $1/2 V8 Fusion Printable Coupon and 1 TTV, plus $1.50 Cat
      Pay $0.50 after doubles and Cat, Get back $1.50 Catalina
      Final Price: Free + $1 MM  WYB 2 after Catalina!!!!

      • Repeat as needed!


Now that’s magic!!



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