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Taking Home a CAT from the Store and Blink(ie)ing Excessively?

Blinkie CAT


When it comes to couponing there are several different coupon categories that you will read on the websites and in the stores. Here’s a run down of two you will come across while shopping.

What is a Blinkie?

I hear the word blinkie and I think it’s a person with a winking problem.  A blinkie has nothing to do with a person but is the coupon that is dispensed by an electronic device located next to the item location at a store.  The light on the machine blinks to grab your attention.  It spits out one coupon at a time and there is a delay on the device so that customers don’t take a ton of them at once. These are convenient since they are right there when you need them.


Did you ever think that while grocery shopping that you could pick up a CAT?  Don’t worry. You won’t be heading home with a feline you need to feed.  A CAT  is a coupon printed at the register on a second printer. It can contain an advertisement, a manufacturer’s coupon or store coupon for a product or money off. It could also be a reward for the purchases you made that day.

Here are some facts on CAT coupons. You can find out if you should receive one by reading the store’s circulars or reading shelf tags by the items you are purchasing.  If you anticipate receiving a CAT check out the printer when you head up to the register to make sure there are no lights blinking. You want to see a solid green light. A blinking light and a red light mean that there are going to be some problems. These coupons have expiration dates and may have some fine print so read them carefully. Any problems can be taken up with Customer service at the store.

Take the time to research they money back coupon deals at the store and earn those CATs. You can grab a discount for the following week on items that you do not have coupons for! That’s a win-win.

A Blinkie and CAT are alternate ways of getting coupons that do not include snipping with a pair of scissors. Keep your eye out for CAT savings in the circulars and the blinkies while you walk the aisles in the market. They’re everywhere!



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