Money Makers

Occasionally, the perfect storm happens and you can make money by buying products. How does it happen?

Overage

Overage occurs when the amount of the coupon(s) is greater than the price of the product. Often times, to get overage, a manufacturer’s coupon is combined with a store coupon. (This post here goes into more detail on stacking coupons.) Be advised, not all stores will give you overage. Instead, they will adjust the amount of the coupon down making the product simply FREE (which is still pretty great in my book!). However, if you are allowed overage, you can apply the overage amount to the rest of your shopping bill! Be sure to check with your favorite stores to see if they will give you overage on your coupons.

Catalinas

What is a catalina? Named for the company that makes them, a catalina is a coupon that prints out with your register receipt. Catalinas come in two forms that you can use to turn them into money makers. First, a catalina can offer you a discount “On Your Next Order.” These “On Your Next Order” catalinas are just like cash that you can use the next time you shop. Second, catalinas come in the form of coupons for products that you are most likely going to buy. These are used just like manufacturers coupons. The bad part about catalinas is there is no good source to let you know what catalina promotions are going on, and they expire rather quickly. If you are going to count catalinas as “money” make sure you spend it before the expiration date!

Rebates

The best way to turn a rebate into money is to buy a product on sale using coupons. Then submit the required documents for the rebate check and make money from the items you purchased. This post here goes into more details on rebates.

Gift Card Offers

Target offers Target gift cards when you purchase a certain quantity of specified products. Look for sales where you can use both manufacturer and Target coupons to get these products at a discount, and often times the amount of the gift card you get back will exceed the amount you spent on the products!

Drugstore Rewards

Walgreens, CVS and RiteAid all offer well advertised catalina promotions. Almost weekly you can find a deal at each of these stores where buying a product will pay you back in a catalina for the purchase amount of the product “On Your Next Order.” Simply use this catalina on your next transaction and you’ll get FREE PRODUCTS! Combine with coupons and get MONEY MAKERS!

Have you been throwing away your catalinas or drug store rewards? So have other people! Check carts and parking lots for tossed catalinas!

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