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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

K-Mart Catalina Problems & Catalinas Explained

I wrote a few days ago about an unadvertised Post cereal freebie at Kmart this week, and a Glade Candle moneymaker going on as well.  Well, it looks like many of you have had alot of trouble finding the 2 oz Fragrance Collection candles which are supposedly $2.50, much less getting your catalina to print out.  (ARRGHH!)  The Post Cereal is trouble too, but just because many Kmart's don't carry that new Health Advantage kind on the coupon yet. (Booo)

So I just wanted to warn you guys not to make a special trip to Kmart just for these items, but to just keep an eye out for them if you happen to be there.  This deal has been confirmed on other sites, but I'm sorry for the problems it's been causing with our readers! 
On that note... I'd like to remind everyone about this incredibly useful phone number:

This is the number to call when a catalina does not print.  Have your receipt on hand, and if a store club card is involved, have it ready too.  They have resolved many a problem for many a couponer.

What IS a "Catalina"?

A catalina is a coupon that spits out after your receipt, when you buy certain items.  The coupons can be either "$$ OFF Coupons" or "$$ Off Your Next Order(ONYO).  Right now, there is a Pillsbury Catalina deal going on at a few stores, including Kroger, Bi-Lo, etc.

Buy any pillsbury refrigerated baked goods between 1/25 and 2/21:
Buy 4 - get $2 OFYO
Buy 5 - get $3 OYNO
Buy 6 - get $4 OYNO

Why Didn't My Catalina Print?

In this case, if you bought 6 crescent rolls, and your $4 didn't print, you should definitely call the Catalina Phone Number to get your refund. This happens often to customers, and here's why:
  • Stores sometimes do not have the catalina info updated in their registers towards the beginning of a sale.  
  • Catalina machine is not working/turned on. 
  • Some of your items were not participating items.
  • That store is probably out to get you. (Kidding!)
I hope this helps you a little, catalina's can be a GREAT way to save money (and sometimes even make it!) if know what you're dealing with.  Remember that you can usually roll catalinas: Use them ($$ OYNO) to buy the participating products again, thereby earning another catalina, and so on and so forth.....
If you have any questions, leave it as a comment and I'll get to it as soon as I can!  


  1. I got my Post cereal at K-Mart in Fort O last night. No problems. They only have the Raisen Bran, but it worked.

  2. I did get my Post cereal at K-Mart in Dalton this week with no trouble. I did have trouble with the Glade money maker last week however. The Dalton store could not find the candle that was supposed to be on sale.



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