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.