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January 19, 2017

$5 Unilever Catalina Promo Launching January 25, 2017!

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Great news for HEB shoppers -- we have a new Unilever catalina promotion kicking off in stores starting Wednesday, January 25!

From January 25 through February 7, 2017, shoppers who spend $15 or more on select Unilever products will receive a $5 catalina to use on a future purchase.

That future purchase (when you use the catalina) must occur between February 8 and February 21, 2017, and 
must be a minimum of $15 before coupons.

If you've never done any catalina deals at HEB before, here's how you can prepare for the great offers that will be available starting 1/25:

    • For this catalina promotion, only select brands by Unilever are included. It looks like Axe, Pond's, Clear, Degree, Dove, Simple, Suave, Tresemme, Q-Tips, and Nexxus are all included.  Historically, the Unilever food brands (like Knorr, Country Crock, and Hellmann's) are NOT included.
    • Check your coupon collection for possible coupons to use! We had quite a few Unilever coupons in the 1/1 Red Plum inserts that are good to use through January 29 -- which means they will be valid for the first few days of the catalina promotion.  Fingers crossed that we will have more arriving in the January 29 inserts as well. 😁
    • We can use digital coupons to purchase items that trigger a catalina.  I recommend going into your app now and searching by category (specifically Personal Care) to see what's available.
    • Using HEB yellow coupons can be tricky, because the register reads them as a price adjustment, not an actual coupon.  So you'll need to take that into account while doing your math. I have had good luck waiting until the cashier hits TOTAL, then passing over all my coupons.  That way, the catalina has already printed, and the price adjustment of the HEB store coupons does not drop you below the minimum to trigger the catalina.  NOTE: Historically, we have some very nice piggyback deals as part of catalina promotions.  So if you're not aware of the rules around piggybacking (or even what it is), now is also the time to get up to speed on that -- go here for more information!
    • We CAN use our $3 Colgate catalina coupons to earn Unilever catalina coupons.  If you have a $3 Colgate catalina to spend, here's how that would work: 1) Buy $15 worth of Unilever products.  2) Give your $3 Colgate catalina FIRST to knock your price down to $12. 3) Next, use any digital coupons, yellow coupons, or manufacturer coupons you have to drop your price further. 4) Your $5 Unilever catalina coupon will still print out at the very end of the transaction.  This process is called 'rolling' your catalinas and it's a terrific way to spend less out of pocket!
    • Don't try to use your new Unilever catalinas before the February 8 redemption date.  That will be coupon misuse, and could possibly lead to an embarrassing interaction with the cashier at checkout.  I hear from at least one reader during every catalina promotion who says, "But my cashier let me!"  It's still misuse (and could have repercussions for that cashier down the line.)
    • You can only earn one catalina per transaction.  In fact, we are only allowed to earn one catalina per customer per day per the fine print on this promotion.  So if you want to stockpile, say, $10 worth of Suave and $10 worth of Axe, you will need to do that on two separate transactions to earn two $10 catalinas.  You could do that in two separate trips to the same store, or you could plan one shopping trip to hit multiple HEB stores in the same general area of town.
    • If your catalina doesn't print at the register, ask for a manager's help before leaving the store.  Managers have a 'fail-safe' code that they can use to force a catalina to print -- assuming, of course, that you bought the right number of items and all of that.  This can definitely add some time to your register check-out, but leaving the store a little late is far less frustrating than leaving empty-handed!  NOTE: If you shop on the first day of the catalina promotion, your chances of having this happen rise exponentially. I ALWAYS recommend bringing a copy of the weekly HEB ad with you to the register, to show your cashier and/or manager that yes, a new promotion has started, and yes, they need to get your catalina.  If you're the sort of person who gets anxious about that level of follow-up, I recommend you wait a day or two into the promotion period to make sure your store has had time to update their register systems.
    • If you don't get a manager's help for a catalina reprint, you can still request a reprint at home.  However, the reprint request is limited to one per customer, so if you are doing a lot of shopping, you really do need to be communicating with your store manager on what's happening at your local HEB.  Go here for more info on how to request a reprinted catalina.
    • You must use the catalina on a $15 purchase (before coupons) or larger.  So don't go nuts accumulating the catalinas if you don't have a plan to spend them carefully.  I heard a horror story last year of a shopper who had earned over 40 catalinas, not understanding that she had to redeem them all in separate purchases!  Here are a few more tips on how to shop with catalinas at HEB.
    I will begin prepping scenarios as coupons become available and will share them here in this post.  So be sure to save this post to your phone or computer so you can refer back to it easily. 😎  Here are the deals I see so far:

    If you're an experienced HEB catalina shopper, what other tips can you share?  And if you're new to using catalinas at HEB, what questions do you have?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

    Big thanks again to both Brenda & Sharon who sent me photo proof of this upcoming deal!

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    1 comment:

    1. Hi Jennifer, your headliner says February 25th is that right or is it January 25th. Thank you for all you do..