How the Smith’s Sales Work (Mega Events and Catalinas)

For those that are new to couponing at Smith’s, it can be confusing, so I wanted to make a quick post to help  you with understanding how the sales at Smith’s work, what the Catalina’s are and what the meaning is of all those acronyms.

Smith’s has several different kinds of promotions, Mega Event Sales, 10 for 10 sales and Catalina’s they can, and in fact are meant to confuse you. Here’s a little guide that hopefully will help you make sense of it all.

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#1 – Regular sale items. Regular sale items are usually marked with a tag that states “sale price” (usually orange).  Keep in mind, JUST BECAUSE THE TAG IS ORANGE, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE BEST PRICE! It’s always a good idea to make a mental note of what the average prices are of the items you purchase regularly. If you don’t think you’ll remember, keep a little notebook.

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2- 10/$10 sales – $1.00 each. These can vary in dollar value. You might find 2/$5 – $2.50 each or 4/$3 – $1.67 each, it doesn’t matter, they are all the same. What you need to know here, is that a minimum purchase is not required unless indicated on the tag (usually soda is the exception) While I’m sure Smith’s hopes you’ll buy 10, you can just purchase 1 and pay $1. When these items are listed in the match-ups, they are posted with the price for ONE item.

Here’s how a post might read for a regular sale item

Vlasic Pickles $1.99
Use the $1/2 Vlasic Pickles in the SS-5/10
Use the $1/1 Vlasic Bold & Spicy Stackers printable
Pay as low as $0.99 *HOT*

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#2- Mega Event Sales: These might be advertised as Mega Event, Cartbuster Event, Crazy4Smith’s event , you get the drift, they can be tricky and confusing but, they are our favorite sales. You can mix and match available coupons with the sale items and really come out ahead.

Some things to keep in mind:

*a- These are Mix and Match. You don’t have buy just that specific product.

*b- You must mix and match your purchase in the required quantities. In the picture above, for example, you will need to purchase participating products in quantities of 5 to get the $1.79 price on that item. Sometimes, it’s 8 or 10. I like to keep track by putting the items in a certain area of my cart, then moving them out of the area when the required quantity is met or if you have a shopping list, just make a tic mark every time you add a participating item to your cart, what ever works for you.

**NOTE: It’s important to keep track. If the required quantity is 5, and you purchase 6 of the “Event” items, you WILL NOT get the discount on the 6th item. In this case you would need to purchase in multiples of 5 (5, 10, 15 etc) to get you the added savings.

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Here’s how a post might read for a Mega Event item:

Special K Cereal $1.99
Mega Event Buy 3 Save $3 item
Use the $1/3 Special K Cereal printable coupon
Pay $1.66 each

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Now, lets throw Catalina’s into the mix. First off, to clarify, for our purposes, a Catalina is a Smith’s store coupon that can be used on anything in the store.  Catlaina offers print when a certain quantity of items are purchased. For example, you might get a $1 back when you purchase two or more packages of Hot Dogs.

Sometimes a the machine will print a coupon that’s for money off a specific item, those are not tracked or mentioned in our match-up posts. But, watch for them. You will receive MANY that have been large enough in value to get your free products. And, sometimes there are more that one Catalina offers on a specific product.

#3 – Catalina’s: When we announce a Catalina deal it will look like something like this:

Cataline deals at Smiths

Bandaid Products $2.19
.50/1 Bandaid products printable coupon

~Extra Catalina Savings Promo:
Buy 3 Bandaid or Neosporin products = $2.00 Catalina

Deal Idea:
Buy (3) Bandaid 30 ct clear strips products $2.19 = $6.57
Use (3) $0.50/1 Bandaid printable coupon
Pay $5.07 after coupons AND receive a $2.00 Smith’s Coupon at checkout
Final price is $3.07 – just $1.02 each

Catalina’s can OFTEN get you dramatic savings when they pair up with a sale and it’s not uncommon to see one or two during a “Mega Event.”

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#4 – Acronyms: SS = Smart Source (it’s found in Sunday’s Newspaper), PG = Proctor Gamble (also found in Sunday’s newspaper), RP = Redplum (comes in the mail for most in Utah). The date is located in small print on the spine of the circular.

Hopefully that will help you get started. PLEASE, feel free to leave questions and comments here or on our Facebook wall.

Happy Shopping!

Smith’s Coupon Policy

While Smith’s Food and Drug is one of the best stores out there for accepting coupons and actually gears their sales around current coupons, it’s still a good idea to familiarize yourself and understand their official Corporate Smith’s Coupon Policy. Learning the coupon policy of any store gives you confidence that you are using your coupons correctly and assures for a smooth transaction during checkout.

The most important thing to understand is that Digital Coupons and regular paper coupons from the Newspaper or online sources can not be combined. You’ll want to make sure you know what your purchases will be ahead of time and use the coupon that is the highest value for the product you are buying.

Smith’s Food and Drug Official Coupon Policy:

Store Management has the right to accept, decline or limit the use of ANY coupon(s). Store Management has the right to limit the quantity of coupons and/or items purchased in a single transaction, by a single Customer, or in a single day.

Coupons will be limited to no more than five (5) paper manufacturer coupons for the like products, each coupon value considered one (1) coupon in the same transaction.

Coupons will be limited to redemption from products currently on-hand at the store location.

Limit one (1) manufacturer coupon (paper or digital) per item purchased.

All coupons will be accepted at face value.

Expired coupons will not be accepted.

Only Pharmacy competitor coupons will be accepted.

Couponed items will not be sold to vendors.

Internet Coupon Restrictions/PAH Coupons:

o “Free item” Internet coupons can be accepted if all purchase criteria is met.

o Only one Internet coupon per item will be accepted.

o In some instances, Internet coupons may be limited to two (2) coupons per Customer in a single day.

Internet coupons that display characteristics below will not be accepted:

o Blurry

o Out of proportion

o Do not scan properly

o Appear to be altered in any way

Click here to view Smith’s full coupon policy

Smith’s Digital Coupon Policy:

Customers who choose to participate in the digital coupon program are required to have a digital account with a valid, active rewards Card. Smith’s Associates or partners are prohibited from setting up or otherwise maintaining a digital account not specifically linked to that Associate or the Associate’s household.

A valid rewards Card or an Alternate ID is required to access a digital account in order to use digital coupons at the time of purchase.

Digital coupons and offers are deducted from a Customer’s total purchase prior to paper coupons or any other discounts, and cannot be added back or removed once the Card has been scanned.

  • Limit 1 use per digital coupon, per transaction.
  • Digital offers cannot be combined with paper manufacturer’s coupons on the purchase of a single item.
  • Digital offers do not double.
  • A limit of 150 coupons can be loaded per household at any time.
  • Digital reproductions of offers will not be accepted (such as using a mobile application to reproduce an image of an offer/coupon).

The store manager has the right to accept, decline or limit the use of ANY digital coupon or offer.

Click here to view the full Smith’s Food and Drug Digital Coupon Policy

What’s a Catalina & What Should I do If it Doesn’t Print?

Because we have quite a few of you new to the coupon game and with all the Catalina’s Smith’s has had lately, share a post about Catalina’s and how they work.

So, what is a Catalina?

Named after the company who creates them, Catalina Marketing, a Catalina is a coupon or advertisement that prints out of the little machine that sits next to the cash register.  Sometimes the Catalina is a coupon good for some other product in the store. Other times it’s an advertisement. I’ve seen them for credit card companies, jiffy lube and other various advertisements. Or, it may be the best kind of all, a coupon that spends just like cash on your next purchase.

Many people throw out these precious coupons because they see them as a receipt – garbage or advertisements that come with their receipt. This is NOT the case. I find valuable Catalina’s all the time on the ground in the parking lot or near the garbage cans. It’s like finding money!

How do I know what the Catalina will be for?

Catalina’s are triggered by certain purchases. Often we have no idea what’s going to print. Today for example, I bought a box of hair color and my usual Pepsi and Peanut Butter Cup at Smith’s. That’s all I bought and I got a Catalina for $1.00 off 1 box of Post Cereal and .75¢ of 1 Dole Fruit Parfait. How hair dye triggered that will remain a mystery. It makes my hair gray just trying to figure it out. I do know the purchases you have made previously on your Smith’s card have some kind of impact on the Catalina coupons you receive.

The Catalina’s we like best are the ones that are good for a specific dollar amount off anything you buy on your next purchase.

These are just like cash and are often announced with a Catalina in the weeks prior to the event date. So, you go to the store and buy something and you may get an announcement that tells you, “Hey, from January through December  if you buy a Pepsi and a Peanut Butter Cup you will get a $10.00 catalina good on your next shopping trip”. Okay, I’m dreaming  but you see how it works.

I’ve noticed at Smith’s lately, they have had some tags next to the price of a product that has a Catalina offer on it. Once you know there is a Catalina offer on a product, then start watching for the sale. If you can match the sale with a coupon and a Catalina…..SCORE!… Some very cheap or sometimes FREE stuff!

Blogger’s all across the country share Catalina announcements.  We do our best to keep the information accurate but it’s often hit and miss. I’ve seen certain Catalina’s printing at one Smith’s and no go at a Smith’s that is just a few miles away. Or, every other Kroger in the country gets a Catalina offer and no go for Utah Smith’s. If you want a sure deal on the Catalina then it’s best not to race to the store when the announcement comes, but instead wait a few days for some confirmation. If you get a Catalina announcement, we’d love it if you email the information to us, that way we can share it with others

What if my Catalina didn’t print?

First off, if your Catalina doesn’t print realize the cashier can’t help you. Most often they don’t even know if there is a Catalina and they can’t do anything about one that doesn’t print. The reasons for them not printing could be one of several. Machine malfunction, no paper, no ink or bad computer connection are a few.

If you think you are owed a Catalina, you don’t have to go home frustrated. Call Catalina Marketing (877) 210-1917 or use their online support system found here. Be sure to have your receipt handy, they will require information from it. After a few Q&A’s if it is determined you are owed a Catalina they will mail it to you. I’ve only ever called once and the call was quick, easy and the gal that helped me was friendly and to the point.

Hopefully this will help the next time you’re at the register and maybe we’ll even see a few less Catalina’s on the ground and a lot more money in your pocket!

For a list of all the current Catalina’s and coupons and deals that we’re aware of visit the Catalina Category of the website.

How to Coupon at Smiths

Getting Started

Just getting started using coupons at Smith’s? It’s easy once you know how! Here’s some links to posts you’ll want to check out.

How to Use Coupons at Smith’s
(Thanks to Coupons4Utah)

How to use the Shopping List and Database

Money Saving Apps – Coming Soon

How to Organize your Coupons – Coming Soon

Best Deal for the Newspaper
(Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, LasVegas Journal, Arizona Republic)

Video How To’s and Shopping Secrets

How the Mega Sales work

What’s a Catalina? What if it doesn’t Print?

How to print Internet Coupons

Smith’s Coupon Policy

What do the Acronyms mean?