How I bought cheese with my Huggies deal!

So Sunday was my big shopping day because I didn’t wanna miss the Huggies deal. I ran out for them and did the deal twice. I got 2 x $10 catalinas for WAGS that expire in a couple of weeks. In the past this wouldn’t be a good thing. But not Sunday. Sunday I took those catalinas to Jewel and spent them on the cheese deal! How in the world, you ask, did you do that???!!! Well, I’d heard in the past that catalinas are like coupons and as Jewel accepts competitors coupons they accept these. This was confirmed last week by my friend, Jaycie at Coupon Geek who wrote all about how she did it here.

You may think (like me) that you don’t want to do the deal 10 times because although you need diapers you don’t need $100 to spend at WAGS within 3 weeks. This is true but here’s what I decided:

1) Do the deal only 5 times and get $50 in catalinas which is my weekly shopping bill. No, I’m not going to spend all my money at Jewel in one shot but I can buy things over time over there and seeing as they accept expired coupons, I’m pretty sure they accept these expired. Maybe somebody can enlighten me on that. Even if they don’t accept expired catalinas, $50 at Jewel is easier for me to spend than $50 at WAGS.

2) Some of the catalinas I’ll use for the FAR stuff at WAGS. The Memory Formula 45 softgels are $19.99 but free after rebate. That’s 2 catalinas down right there and although it’s more money on my Walgreens card, it doesn’t expire in 3 weeks like RRs.

3) Make sure I use my gift card to buy the diapers that has last month’s FAR money loaded on it so I’m not spending anymore out of pocket.

Now we really are getting beyond the Coupon 101 stuff and into the Coupon Class for Experts. If you’re a Newbie and have no idea how I worked this out or what in the world I’m talking about, I’m sorry. For those of you out there who are experts (Tina, Lori, Cindy, Laurie!) and others…..hope that helps!


  1. When you did the cheese deal at Jewel using your Wags catalinas, did you still get the $13 in catalinas from Jewel?

  2. Yes, the expired RR from Walgreens works at Jewel!!
    I was very sick a few weeks ago and my RR from Walgreens expired on me. If you look at the top they say “Manufacturer Coupon” and “Redeemable at Walgreens”, not “ONLY Redeemable at Walgreens.” So I took my expired RR through the self-check out at Jewel and it worked just fine. The next time I went to Jewel I tried to use one with a cashier who told me they do not accept Walgreens coupons. I did not argue because I was already late to pick up my son, so the next time I went to Jewel to buy the cheese, I did the self-check-out again and the $6 expired RR worked just perfectly.

  3. Do you know if the Jewel in Munster on Ridge & Calumet takes the Walgreens Register Rewards? If so I am heading out there tomorrow to grab the cheese deal!

  4. Not a ton of cheese left at the Jewel in Munster. Also, make sure it says 2% on both the bricks and the shredds. Don’t buy the singles either (I did it wrong twice!!) The lady got a little testy with me at the self checkout when I used the $10 coupon to buy more cheese. I had just put the Catalina in the coupon slot after scanning, when she called over “Ma’am! I need to see that coupon!” But it was too late. It was already in the slot. She said something about having to check the expiration date. I don’t know. But nevertheless, I’ve got lots of cheese.

  5. Yes, it definitly helps and I am going to try using my RRs at Jewel too. Personally, I would not hope to be able to use expired as some Jewels take expireds, some don’t, etc. That may be too much of a risk for me. I got the cheese deal too 3 x 🙂 It was my first catalina/Jewel deal and now I am hooked!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    yes the wags RR’s works at the Jewel in Munster, what I would like to know is if you can use a Jewel RR at wags. Any one know?

  7. Good to know! I will say the Walgreens in this area are difficult with coupons, so I think you’d have a harder time using the Jewel Catalinas there. I just traded a Huggies RR for a Dove RR with a friend so I can use the Dove RR to do the Huggies deal again 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Clair, you’re the woman of the year, I swear!! I only wish there were more Jewel stores around, I don’t have one conveniently located so I guess I better start saving my expired coupons and making a trip to Jewel once a month!

  9. What are catalinas?

  10. Tami,

    it’s a coupon that spits out after your transaction. See my 411 for more terms.

  11. my Jewel will no longer take expired coupons…Crown Point. So be sure your store will take them before you plan on it. I was told by the store manager that they were changing their company was changing their coupon policy and would no longer take the expired ones.

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