Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Super Doubles Today 6/23

I spent $57 and saved $100.46 today at HT. I got so much free yogurt, it isn't funny. I also took advantage of a couple of other non-coupon deals. Printable cpns are typically found at

Free Items:

** Deal of the WEEK! Kraft 100 calorie cheese cubes - orig. 2.99 - printable coupons for $1 off = 99 cents each PLUS Harris Teeter mailer coupon for BOGO. You can stack these two coupons. which I thought would make this 49 cent each. However, the checkout person took off 2.99 (original price) from the total order. So, I made a buck! K. will love them for lunch.

Oikos Greek Yogurt - orig. 1.89 per 5.3 oz cup - coupons are on tearpads on the Penguin Cardboard Cutout guy in the freezer section. They are for $1 off so the yogurt is FREE. I <3 greek yogurt.

Yo Plus Yogurt 4 pack - orig. 2.59 - sale 2.00 - printable cpn for $1 off x2 = FREE

Yoplait Fiber One 4 pack of yogurt - orig. 2.59 - sale 2.00 - printable cpn for $1 x2 = FREE

Cheap Stuff:

Ken's Steakhouse Dressings - orig. 3.45 - sale BOGO or 1.72 each - $1 off 2 coupon in = 72 cents each

Rhodes Rolls 12ct. (frozen section ) - orig. 2.25 - cpn for $1 off in = 25 cents

Philly Cream Cheese tubs - orig. 1.95, sale 1.65 - cpn for $1 off 2 on Penguin tearpad (coupon is for Kraft items including Philly cream chese) = 65 cents each

Kruncher Chips - orig. 3.79 - sale 2.50 - cpn for $1 off in = 50 cents

Other Deals:

Cottonelle toilet paper 12 pack double rolls - orig. 9.29 - eVIC special 4.99 - cpn for 50 cents off x2 = 3.99

Pepsi brand 12 packs are buy 2 get 3 free this week - bonus, Cheerwine is part of the sale! D. loves that stuff.

Terra Chips (aka snooty veggie chips) are still BOGO

Red Bell Peppers are 1.29 each (and they're really big!)

HT Dog Biscuits are BOGO

Scotch Brite sponges (3 pack) are BOGO

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rainchecks and Strategery...

I feel like getting a rain check is much like eating one potato chip. You can't stop with just one, and once you pop, you can't stop (thanks, Pringles). I just wanted to share the importance of getting rain checks when your store is out of a sale item and how you might use them strategically to save BIG.

It's not hard to get a rain check. If your store is out of a sale item, you simply go up to the customer service desk and let them know the EXACT kind of what they are out of (e.g., 12 oz thick cut harris teeter bacon), and they will give you a rain check for up to 3 of that item. The rain checks DO NOT expire. Ever. If the sale price is BOGO, they will give you a rain check for up to 3 "sets" of that item, meaning up to six items total. When you use the rain check later, you do not have to buy all 6 if you don't want, but you will have to do the BOGO thing, it won't ring up as half price if you just want one. Usually if I only get 2 instead of 3 items, they just keep the rain check, but once I had a lady give it back to me and mark "one left" on it. I'm not sure what the typical policy is on that though.

Now, save your rain check for one of two situations (or, occasionally, these two situations combine to create a "dream" rain check situation - hang on to your hats folks). First situation: you get a great coupon for that item that either is about to expire or can be used during doubles or triples. You can use your raincheck to get the item for the sale price, then use your doubled or tripled coupon on top of it. Second situation: mixing a BOGO with another type of sale. If you can add coupons to this situation, it can become a dream situation. Here's an example:

Months back, there was a BOGO sale on chuck roast. Great for stews and carnitas and they freeze really well. My store was out, so I got a rain check for up to 6 of them. A few weeks later, the same chuck roast was on sale for 50% off. So, imagine that the 2lb chuck roast was originally $10. During the 50% off sale, it was $5. Then, using my BOGO rain check I got them for $2.50 each. Now THAT is a great discount.

Here's a dream scenario from last week. MBA Smart Organic Ground Chicken. Normally sells for 5.99 per pound. It often goes on sale for BOGO, and once when it was on sale they ran out, so I got a rain check. Then, a couple weeks ago, it went on sale for 4.99 per pound. So, with the raincheck, they were about 2.50 per 1 pound package. But wait, there's more. Add $1 off printable coupons, which, they did take one coupon per package (this isn't always the case since one rings up as "free"). That brought it to $1.50 per pound. But wait, there's more! I got the ones that were expiring that day, which had $1.50 off coupons on the packages. Therefore, I got these packages of organic ground chicken for FREE! They were tasty in tacos, too.

One tip for using the rain checks - Make sure you tell the checkout person at the very beginning before they ring anything up that you have a raincheck (or checks) and what they are for. They have to do some different things at the check out to make sure you get the appropriate discounts. You can then wait until the end to provide your coupons.

Super Doubles Starts THIS Wednesday 6/23!

As you've probably noticed, I've been busy lately so I haven't been posting much (sorry!) - I wanted to give you all a heads up about Harris Teeter Super Doubles coming up Wednesday (that's where coupons $1 to $1.99 will double in addition to their usual "up to 99 cents" coupons). Also there was a peelie stand in the frozen food section of my HT that had a ton of $1 off coupons that could be used next week. I especially liked the Oikos Greek Yogurt ones - $1 off a 5.3oz cup! They will be free next week if that cpn doubles. They say "not subject to doubling on them" but the serial number starts with a 5, which usually means they will double anyway. If the serial number starts with a 9 they usually won't double. There are some great deal lists going on Sue Stock's blog, Hot Coupon World, and Savvy Dollar (links to the left) so enjoy!

One thing I haven't thought to do which apparently everyone but me does is to check the typical price of items but using the "online shopping" feature on HT's website. You can then see how much you will save with your coupon. Food for thought... I'll probably try to hit HT on the way to work Wednesday to get some of the free stuff.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

mega-cheap eggs this week at HT!

Eggland's Best Eggs will likely be around 40 cents for a dozen this week at Harris Teeter if you have the right coupon! I haven't been shopping yet, but I came across this great deal that I had to share.

In this month's issue of Cooking Light there is a 50 cents off Eggland's Best coupon. Harris Teeter is having a BOGO sale on Eggland's Best Eggs. At my HT they are usually $2.79 per dozen. So, half of that is about $1.40. The 50 cent coupon doubles and voila, 40 cents for a dozen vegetarian fed hen eggs with extra Omega 3 (don't know how they do that?).

Remember, at HT if you buy one BOGO item, you can get it at half price, you don't have to buy 2.