Sunday, March 29, 2009
My Harris Teeter Triples shopping trip
This morning I bought 3 different papers: The Charlottesville Daily Progress, The Culpeper Star Exponent, and the Richmond Times Dispatch. I only bought a few of the Richmond paper because it was the priciest. This turned out to be the paper with the best Qs for triples. This paper had the 75c/1 Nestle Chocolate morsels (tripled to $2.25 off) and the 35c/1 soft soap hand soap. I didn't see the Washington Post, but Frugal Momma told me it didn't have all the Qs I mentioned earlier. Also some of the Q values were $1 and therefore don't qualify for tripling. Coupon values vary by region.
Here is my shopping trip:
-$ 0.75 for 3 rolls of VIVA paper towels (SP 2 for $4) = $6 - .75 x 3 x 3 (or -6.75) = -.75
-$0.15 for 3 Birds Eye Steam fresh veggies (SP 10 for $10) = $3 - .35 x 3 x 3 (or -3.15) = -.15
+$0.27 for 3 Barilla Piccolini pasta ($1.59 ea.) = 4.77 - .50 x 3 x 3 (0r -4.50) = +.27
+$0.19 for 2 Softsoap hand pumps (SP $2.29 BOGO) = 2.29 - .35 x 3 x 2 (or -2.10) = +.19
+$0.94 for 1 Duncan Hines cake mix($1.99 ea.) = 1.99 - .35 x 3 x 1 (or -1.05) = +.94
+$1.92 for 3 Fleischman's yeast ($1.99 ea.) = 5.97 - .45 x 3 x 3 (or -4.05) = + 1.92
+$1.80 for 3 Nestle Morsels ($2.85 ea.) = 8.85 - .75 x 3 x 3 (or 6.75) = +1.80
+$2.55 for 6 cans Dole Madarin Oranges (SP 2 for $5) = 7.50 - .55 x 3 x 3 (or 4.95) = +2.55
=$6.77 + tax OOP
(.55 x 3 x 3 means one 55c Q x 3 (tripled) x 3 coupons - 1 per item = a savings of $4.95 off those three items).
Above, SP = Sale price.
When an item is on sale during a triple coupon event the register automatically deducts the full triple value of the Qs even if it drops below the price of the item. If your item is not on sale and your tripled Q value is greater than the price of the item, you get the item for free, but no "overage." I tried to purchase items I needed that gave me "overage" and coupled them with other items where I owed $ so that the overage from the first items' Qs would be applied to other items in my cart. The paper towels and the veggies gave me overage.
I love triple coupon events!! :o)
Please post your triples savings here, I'd love to read about them!
If it's your first triples even focus on your savings, eventually the savings won't matter to you it will become the oop expense. Your savings is your victory! This means that couponing CAN and WILL make a difference in your weekly/monthly grocery budget. In the above transaction I saved 33.19 in coupons and $10.60 in VIC card savings (store sale prices). A total savings of $43.79. This purchase should have cost me $50.56 plus tax.
There are two days left to take advantage of the HT triples coupon event. If you don't have Qs this time, HT will be hosting another triple coupon event in about 3 months. One thing I have come to learn about couponing; don't fret over missing a deal, there's always another deal around the corner.