How I develop strategies…

Wednesdays are when Harris Teeter (HT) ads drop, so I took a look at one yesterday. I’m like a kid in a candystore when I get a new store ad because I can’t wait to see what new and different deals there are.
When I get a new HT ad, here is how I crush it:
1. I quickly peruse through the ad from the first to the last page.
2. I start over and take a slower look at the ad. I look over the products and stop at the ones I have-or may have-a coupon for. Regular couponers pretty much know their coupons right off the bat. So, for instance, when I saw Arm & Hammer detergent was BOGO… this is what transpired:
a.) There is a coupon for that!
b.) HT charges 1/2 price for their BOGO items, so what is the price of 1 bottle of detergent?
c.) Sign on to HT Express Lane and find out the price. Doing this, I found that 1 bottle of detergent during the BOGO sale is $2.99.
d.) ROCK! Buy 1 at $2.99 and use the $1 coupon and I’m getting 32 loads of laundry for $1.99!

Another example: I noticed Mueller’s spaghetti noodles are 5/$5. So, they are $1/each. I know there were coupons for these in the past but I can’t recall if there are any right now. So I make my way to Taylortown where she maintains a list of all unexpired newspaper coupons. And there I see we have a Mueller’s pasta coupon for $.55/2 that came out earlier this month. HT doubles coupons up to $.99. This is how much the pasta will cost: Buy 2 (per coupon) = $2. $2-$.55(2)= $.90 for 2 boxes of the Mueller pasta. Not so bad!

So there’s a brief glimpse of how I crush a grocery store ad.

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Weak week for triple coupon shopping

One of my grocery stores is doing another triple coupon promotion starting today and ending in a week. They’ll triple any coupon up to $.99. Rumor has it that they’ll be doing it monthly as opposed to every 2nd-3rd month or so.
This was one of the more really, super not exciting rounds of tripling. I’m starting to think that they plan what items they put on sale during triples around what coupons/coupon amounts are out there, and not to the couponer’s benefit. Which is fine, it’s just getting boring.

This cost $7.

This cost $7.

Recent Grocery Trip

So one of my grocery stores had a triple coupon promotion last week. I didn’t go all out for it but I was happy with what I got out of it for just a few coins.

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This all cost $.36, including tax. There are 3 coupons there for a free gallon of milk too (3 gals total).