Hey guys!!! I’m super excited and kinda stressed but wanted to come and post really quickly about my super savings that I experienced today at Harris Teeter. The morning didn’t start off as planned. My phone battery and charger have been battling it out for past few months and sometimes it just doesn’t charge. Knowing this, I oftentimes will turn my alarm on and shut my phone off and let it come on automatically when the alarm goes off. But last night I didn’t do that, so therefore my alarm didn’t go off, I got woken up by the kids, which was earlier than usual, it was 6:55…and to realize that my phone didn’t charge, it just wasn’t a good way to start my morning. The plan was to wake up and go ahead and go to the store sans kids. When it’s just me I can get in and out, but to have to deal with coupons and kids and do it without my morning coffee, just wasn’t what I was up to. Thankfully DH woke up shortly and I left Jordan with him. I wanted to leave them both but of course someone had to get all upset that she couldn’t come, so I took Brianna.
Coupons in tow I was prepared to get everything I had laid out on my list. This week is Harris Teeter’s Super Double Coupons. Harris Teeter is the only store in my area that I’m aware of that doubles coupons. That is awesome in it’s own right, but every now and then they have Super Double Coupons, and that’s where they will double your coupon up to $2!!! The sign says $1.98 but on my receipt they did it up to the dollar. You can only use 20 coupons per day during the special and of course you have to have their VIC card (free). So earlier in the week at work I went thru their weekly ad and matched up their sales with what coupons I have. Then I made a list of my match-ups. Yesterday I purchased my coupon binder (blog to come shortly) and last night I pulled my coupons that I knew I would use and put them in the front.
I got almost everything on sale, and the majority of the items I had a coupon for. The reason you take your whole binder is so that you can take advantage of unadvertised deals. They don’t put everything in the weekly ad. So I scored great that way too! All in all I got over $80 worth of products for approx $33. I say approximately because I realized once I was putting the groceries in the car that I forgot to scan my printed coupon for my Hungry Jack syrup. It was for $.75 off and the syrup was on sale for $2.99 and that super doubled, so I took it back and returned it and repurchased it with my coupon and they actually gave me $1.58 back if I’m recalling it right. It was a dollar and some change, with at least two quarters! lol That was definitely awesome!!
I’m not going to go into each deal on this blog, I just wanted to share my first real Super Coupons experience. There are a few things I’ve learned and I few things I wish I had:
- It’s definitely necessary to get more than one paper! I now fully understand getting 4 papers. They say you should get as many papers as members in the household. We have 4 so from now on I will be getting 4 papers on Sundays. I could’ve saved even more if I had an extra coupon for a couple of items! Plus having the extra coupons means you could really stock up on a special sales week like this!
- Organizing is key!! Thanks to the time that I took to go thru the weekly ad and match up my coupons and then to have them all in the front of my binder made it very easy to use my coupons. Now I just need to learn the Harris Teeter store layout! AND I definitely have to get the 6 pocket sleeves for my printable coupons, otherwise I won’t see them to use them!! I’m going back out today to try to find some, otherwise I will have to order them, and so far everything I have found has been cheaper than my Amazon picks!
- It doesn’t have to be extreme. The amount of time that it has taken me out of the week to save this much money is well worth it. Unless you have a very large family, or you’re doing it to the extremes it doesn’t have to take long. I have actually been able to do a lot of my organizing and clipping and sorting and work. I do it mostly at home, but when I’m at work it’s not really “taking up my time” I work on the phones so that’s a bonus to me.