I used to get so excited for Super Doubles at Harris Teeter. Especially when they switched it from doubling coupons $1.99 and under to $2.00 and under. Huge difference! Huge! But as time has gone on, with each trip it becomes less exciting and more frustrating and discouraging.
My city has three Harris Teeter locations. I go to the largest one and none of them are exactly close to me. So it really sucks to go and have many of the items on my list be out of stock. Sure I could get a rain check. That doesn’t help me right now when I want/need it. Earlier in the week I needed eggs. It was Wednesday, the first day of the new ad and Super Doubles. Eggs are on sale for I think $1.77 for 18 count. I went to the Teeter that was adaptable to my route home. This is at 6:45ish pm and there were no 18 count eggs available. And the dozen count were more expensive as were all of the other eggs available. I was pissed. I should have just gone to my regular store. I got my eggs today at my regular store and there were plenty in stock. That’s why it’s my regular store, because it’s larger and tends to carry more.
Just wanted to vent a few frustrations I experience when it comes to Super Doubles…
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
In order to be most successful with Super Doubles you have to be prepared to be at Harris Teeter first thing on Wednesday morning when the sale starts. The sale begins at 7am but you have to be there before that getting the items you want, and then by 7 you’re ready to check out. It makes for great savings. I wouldn’t know that personally though. That’s not a possible scenario for me. DH has to be at work at 7am and the kids bus comes around 7:20. Again, none of the stores are really close to me. About 10-15 minutes depending on traffic and light cycles. I had to accept that I wouldn’t get every top deal.
The best way to come out on top with Super Doubles is to use prior rain checks. During non-coupon event sales weeks, when items or varieties go out of stock you get a rain check. Since during Super Doubles weeks the sales ad aren’t the greatest, maximizing doubling higher value coupons with previous sales weeks prices makes for the best bang for your buck. It only takes a few extra minutes to get them from the customer service desk and they don’t expire. I need to get on top of this myself.
Get Out of my Way People
People shop the way they drive and it annoys me like crazy. I used to have a good system of grocery shopping so that I got it done first thing on Saturday morning and was home just as the kids were getting up good and DH was still sleeping. I haven’t done that in so long. For the past several months it’s been more of a mid-morning shopping trip. And that means way more people than the handful that were with me at 7am on a Saturday. I can’t take all of these carts and people in my way…some knowing what they’re looking for and where they’re going and others not. That just proves to me why I must get back to the early bird routine. Blah.
At the end of the day I realize that I just don’t have that fire for couponing anymore. I want to save money and still need to, but it’s just not there. No desire. Heck, my body still hurts from last weekend’s big cutting and sorting session. And I’m still behind. I have to figure out something.
I still managed to save a little something so I won’t complain about that. Any savings is better than no savings in my opinion. I got some items I didn’t have coupons for, but were on sale and needed. I saved $32.40 @ 57%. Not bad, but I’m used to larger savings especially with a coupon event. I get excited by the larger savings opportunities that come with Coupon Events, but the discouragement outweighs the opportunities often times. I won’t give up, but it’s not my preferred flavor of coffee right now, ya know? And I suppose, that’s okay with me.