In the spirit of getting a good deal, I went shopping at Harris Teeter during day 1 of their triple coupon event. Harris Teeter will triple coupons with a face value of $0.99 or less up to 20 coupons per VIC card, per household, per day. The only Harris Teeter in town is normally fairly busy, but today it was a nearly full parking lot.
I armed myself with a plan of what I wanted, sort of. I prepped a list
of sale items and coupons for those items and good deal coupons, which
took me about 30 minutes. I showed up with 14 coupons prepped for
shopping. Of those 14, 2 were for items I discovered that Harris Teeter
doesn't carry them in this particular store.
I shopped and noticed all the isles filled with coupon-ers that
were using large binders full of coupons. I use the low-key approach,
small, collapsible container that fits in my pocket and can hold 1,000
coupons. I used an envelope with the planned use coupons with a list the
planned purchases which doubles as a separator to keep the claimed
coupons away from the unclaimed coupons. When I went to the checkout, I
counted that I used 19 of the possible 20 coupons per day.
-----My Savings Breakdown-----
Sales and VIC discounts: $27.82
Manufactures Coupons: $10.30
Triple Coupon Bonus: $20.60
$1.00 off 1 Coffee-Mate natural bliss
$1.00 off 3 General Mills Big G cereals
$1.50 off your next purchase at Harris Teeter compliments of Hamburger Helper.
My shopping doesn't focus on getting getting a
bunch of free items and Harris Teeter does not allow coupon overage. I
focus and using coupons for items that we will use in a short time span.
Translation: I don't do stockpiles or clear the shelf shopping.