Hey everyone - I just wanted to remind you guys about a few points related to Harris Teeter sales:
1. Things that are on sale 2 for $4, 2 for $5, 3 for $5, 10 for $10 (of the same item) etc - you can buy just one at the divided price. You do not have to buy multiples.
2. Things that are Buy One Get One free (BOGO)- you can just buy 1 and it will ring up at half price almost all the time (unless otherwise noted in the sale paper).
3. Super specials like Buy 2 get 3 free - You DO have to buy all 5 to get the discount - they cannot be split up.
At Kroger, they frequently do a 10 for $10 sale that allows you to mix and match items. To get this discount you DO have to purchase 10 items involved in the sale. You CAN use coupons within this sale though and can often get items for free or really cheap that way.
At both stores, there are sometimes special promotions like Buy 4 boxes of General Mills cereal and get $5 off. Special promotions have to be purchased the way they are listed, but again you can use coupons to get great deals on things this way. In the General Mills example, if you had two copies of a "$1 off two boxes" coupon, and bought 4 boxes, you would get the $5 off for the promotion, plus 2 more dollars off using the coupons. And coupons up to 99 cents will double, so you could use a 55 cents off honey nut cheerios coupon, which would double to $1.10. If you had two of those coupons and a $1 off two boxes coupon, would would get $5 off for the promotion, $2.20 off for the honey nut cheerios coupons, and $1 off for the two boxes coupon. A total of $8.20 off of four boxes of cereal. HT's coupon policy states that you can only double coupons on up to three identical items. So if you had 4 coupons for Honey Nut Cheerios for 55 cents off, only three of them would double to $1.10 - the fourth would ring at face value.
Click here for Harris Teeters Coupon Policy to read more.
Keep in mind that you can get Rain Checks for things that are on sale if the store is out of them unless they have a "while supplies last" specification. A rain check is essentially a piece of paper that states that you are entitled to the item at the sale price even after the sale is over. For example, Starbucks Hot Chocolate Ice Cream was on sale for $2 several months ago when it first came out. The store was out of it, so I got a rain check which stated I could purchase up to three of them at the $2 price once they were back in stock. You can use coupons with Rain Checks, so I was able to get my ice cream for free during Super Double Coupons because I had a $1 off coupon and the $2 rain check. If I didn't have the rain check or coupon, I would have had to pay the full price which was almost $5 for the pint. Rain checks are especially great for meat sales since they frequently run out of meat. You actually could get a rain check for something you're not necessarily planning to purchase that day if they are out of that item, and then use the rain check later with a coupon if a coupon comes out for that item later. I might do this for items I use frequently.
If you need a refresher on these and other coupon/grocery store savings related issues, feel free to re-read one of my original blog posts on grocery store savings - you can find it in the archives back in October - it's called "The Updated Grocery Store Savings Post". Ask me if you have questions!