Survivor Mom

Surviving military life with 4 children and a passion for saving money every way I possibly can!

What’s the Secret?? Part 3 February 2, 2011

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Don’t forget to read Part 1 and Part 2!!

Drug Stores/Catalinas

Walgreens Register Reward

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Drug stores, such as Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS(these are the only drug stores I have first hand experience with) are a HUGE part of sucessful couponing. Most people have a misconception that they are more expensive than WalMart, etc. but that’s not always the case! Most drug stores have a catalina program. A catalina is basically cash for that store. CVS’s catalinas are called Extra Care Bucks and they print right on the bottom of your receipt. Walgreens’ catalinas are called Register Rewards and they print out of a separate machine. Rite Aid’s catalinas are called UP Rewards and they also print right at the bottom of your receipt. These catalinas are as good as cash to use in the store in which they were printed. You can use a coupon and still get a catalina printed for the same item. Here is an example of a transaction I did not too long ago at Walgreens.

Gillette Fusion Razor-sale price $9.99

Used: $4.00/1 manufacturer coupon

Paid: $5.99 and received $5 Register Rewards back

Final Price: $.99

To see some of my drug store trips, click here. Drug stores aren’t just good for personal hygiene items. They have food too! I often find awesome deals for cereal and oatmeal there. If I had to pick one favorite store, it would be Rite Aid.

Separate Transactions

Sometimes you will need to do a couple separate transactions to get the deals that you want. It is OK to do that! If you think you might be a while, simply be polite and let the people behind you know that you might be a little bit longer than expected. Let them take that information and decide for themselves whether they want to stay in line behind you or move to a different line.

I did a couple different transactions here(scroll down to Walgreens and Rite Aid). These are perfect examples of how and why you might want to do a couple transactions and *roll* your Register Rewards to maximize your savings.


Be familiar with your stores sale dates. It would be real disappointing to miss a great deal because you forgot when the sale ended, so familiarize yourself with your stores sale day.

Also, set a reminder on the last day of the month to print any coupons you might want on sites like, etc. These coupons reset on the first day of each month. Some coupons go away, some new ones are added, or the coupons may stay but are reset so you can print two more of that coupon.

You CAN do this!!

As I said in my first post, ANYONE can do this! It can be overwhelming at first, but if you stick with it you can and WILL be successful! Don’t forget to have a good attitude and be polite. I have gotten frustrated with cashiers before and it gets nowhere. Being polite will get you much further.

Start Small! This is a lot of information, I know, so start small! Start with just one store and get just a couple items each week. Every time you walk out of that store saving loads of money(and smiling from ear to ear because you DID it), your confidence will build and you will be a pro(and addict! 😉 ) in no time.

If I can help in any way, PLEASE ask! I *love* couponing and would be glad to help in any way I can!!



Here are a few pictures of my stockpile….only because I’m in love! 😉



2 Responses to “What’s the Secret?? Part 3”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Way to go, Girl! And you found the “Small Steps” freebies! I have looked around here but haven’t been able to find that brand. I need to look better – more places! Where did you find it?

  2. wifey2kevin Says:

    I found them at the Commissary on base. I also looked at WalMart but didn’t find them. :-/

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