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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Coupon Tip Tuesday: What Price Do I Use?

Thank you Becky for this great question. After doing this for over a year, some times we forget that a lot of you don't know all the ins and outs!

Becky had some trouble getting her catalina to print after spending $25.00 PRE coupon. She wanted to clarify that she was doing it right.

One tool that we find extremely useful is the Grocery Smarts shopping list (by the way, we have a pictorial of how to use this tool).

Let's use todays catalina promo as an example (this sale ends 1/5 by the way). "Spend $25.00 on select items, get $10.00 in catalinas back". In order to earn that $10 catalina, you've got to have your PRE COUPON total come to $25 or more. The dollar amount you are going to use to get to that total is the sale or "preferred" price. See the picture below to help clarify...

So the bounce dryer bar is $3.99 sale price (or sometimes marked as preferred price, it really doesn't matter). If you factor in the discount of the catalina, the price comes to $2.39, THEN if you factor in the coupon, the price is $.89. Using the items in the above picture, I would purchase:

(2) Bounty Giant Roll Paper Towels $9.99 each (subtotal is now $19.98)
(1) Bounce Dryer Bar $3.99 (subtotal is now $23.97)
(1) Bounty Napkins $2.99 (subtotal is now $26.96 and the catalina should print after I pay!)

Of course, what I really pay out of pocket will be LESS, because I'll have coupons AND, I'd use my $10 catalina that I earned from a previous transaction. Sweet!

Questions?? Ask away!!

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Christina K. Brown said...

I am having several problems with Walgreens telling me I can not use coupons and get the catalina. I bought the $25 worth of Huggies and then used coupons and was told that is why the catalina did not print. Any advise?

Tricia said...

You CAN use manufacture's coupons on the huggies promo and still have the Register reward (catalina) print.

The only reason why it wouldn't print is if you do more than one transaction of the same promo (for example, HUGGIES) and use the Huggies catalina you received on the first transaction to pay for the 2nd transaction of Huggies. The ad says something like "one printed per offer." So their system recognizes that you've already received it for that offer and won't print another.

If you look in the fab frug gals Walgeens 101 post here: http://www.fabulesslyfrugal.com/2009/09/fabulous-coupon-tip-tuesday-walgreens.html you can get some great info on this and on rolling cats.

Fabulessly Frugal said...

Tricia- We really appreciate your help in answering questions on the blog. You are fab!