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Harris Teeter Triples brag thread, continued!

Posted September 17, 2011

Here's the place to post your totals and best deals from the Harris Teeter triples event this week! Have fun everyone!

I thought it would be easier to post your fabulous triples buys if I moved the thread up to the top. The old thread with everyone's comments is still back with the Wednesday posts if you need to see any of the older comments.

Click the link in the box above to see the Triples Good Deals List.

I shopped in Cary this morning after the kids got off to school. You can see the photo of the items I bought and the receipt above.

Here are my totals from the Wednesday morning shop:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $89.18

Amount saved: $77.19

Amount paid: $11.99

Savings: 87%

Cost per item: 38 cents each!

The big difference with this shop (vs. some of the others I have posted),  is that I intentionally focused on healthier options that our family uses. I bought organic tofu, Green Giant veggies, whole wheat pasta, Barilla pasta sauce, Kashi entrees, veggie burgers, soy milk, Snackwell's and Fiber One bars, yogurt and a few other things I had free product coupons for. I could have produced a receipt for under $1 if I had focused on getting only freebies, but this time around I wanted to show the doubters that you can score some fabulous deals on healthy foods using coupons. Couponing is not just about junk, as evidenced by my shop today. I saved 87% on high quality food that I can make actual meals with. That's why I love couponing!

I see that a number of you have posted that you are also focusing on buying products your family actually uses, not just the freebies. I think that's a great way to coupon, so you don't end up with a pantry full of cheap food you don't really like or use, just because it was free. Don't get me wrong, I still buy the freebies our family uses but I am much more selective these days and don't buy freebies just for the sake of getting free stuff. The handling and processing of all that free stuff we wouldn't use takes up space and my time and energy. In addition, I know there are other couponers who really do use some of those freebies we don't use so I feel like I should leave them on the shelf for those folks. I usually shop for donation items when it is not a promotion like this where everyone is trying to get the best deals. I usually stock up on items to donate when there is plenty of stock and I know I won't be taking a deal from someone else who has worked hard to get themselves to the store with their coupons to get that deal.

Thanks to all of you for posting your great deals and I am so excited to see how much you are all saving!!

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  • rayne0524 Sep 20, 2011

    Made 1 last trip to HT tonight. Total before was $46.09, after $19.93. I am getting $10 of the total back after a mail-in-rebate for meat.

    Nancy, thank you for the mail-in-rebate for $10 in meat from Corona, I now have a roast that will be $.06 after the rebate.

  • stephlw Sep 20, 2011

    I want to thank Faye & all of you for the tips!! After my first week of learning how to coupon & triples -- I stocked up on SO, SO much stuff and spent $85 for $400 worth of stuff! SO excited! I don't need any food or anything for at least 2 weeks and then will just need produce & milk for a long while. I have enough dishwashing detergent, pasta, & sauce for a LONG time ;) Thank you so much for helping us out on our limited budget! I am SOOOO excited!

  • finesse187 Sep 20, 2011

    Did great on today, before coupons and vic savings my total was $66.39, after all savings I only paid $16.95!!!! If I did the math correct that's a 76% savings!!! What I purchased 1 chex mix, 2 morton season alls, 2 ragu pastas, 1 ivory soap, 1 margaret house turnip greens, 3 planters nutrition bars, 3 snackwell cereal bars, 1 smucker's jam, 1 HT apple cider vinegar, 1 SS handsoap, 1 duracell battery, 2 cucumbers, 1 iron kids' bread, 1 luigi italian ice, 2 yoplait frozen smoothies,and 1 egglands best. My first triple doubles and I did great on both trips. Only wish I could have went more often!!! Hopefully, the next go around. I will!!!

  • shelleycole Sep 20, 2011

    Is the catalina for the $1 to $2.00 off meat if you buy hamburger helper over. I went to HT yesterday and it didn't print for me. I also didn't get any box top catalinas, but I still don't know what I was buying to get those anyway.

  • pss3 Sep 20, 2011

    Went by the 10-10/401 HT this morning and was surprised to find fiber 1 brownies, sara lee bread, mueller's whole wheat pasta, and even granola thins...although I did get the last box of thins. I did two separate transactions and got $18 worth of products for .34 cents. My other total was $6.39 for $37 worth of products. I had some extra mueller's coupons that I gave to another shopper. I'm pretty satisfied with my triples shopping and hope everyone has good luck today finding deals!

  • serenitynow Sep 20, 2011

    fyi - if you have any last minute q. HT @ NH had Barilla pasta sauce & Chex Mix Muddy Buddies in stock this AM.

  • Nancy Sep 19, 2011

    rayne - Totalchaos and I agree, we have to steal you away in the middle of the night, you would sooooo fit in with us LOL Your fiance would be fine, we'd be sure he' 'see the light' :)

    Thanks for asking about my son, he had his follow up appt today with surgeon, all is very well, other than soreness, he's doing great! So glad that's behind him :)

  • ronsphotos Sep 19, 2011

    Harris Teeter Triples.....wish they did them more often. Saved $113.00 off of a $242.00 bill. I was happy. Out of sugar but plan to try agasin today or tomorrow or get a rain check.

  • rayne0524 Sep 19, 2011

    Nancy, you are too funny. I think that you may have a fight on your hand when it comes to my Fiance & moving away from this area. I look forward to seeing you again, I had such a blast.

    How is your son feeling?

  • clewis2 Sep 19, 2011

    I am soooo excited for my find this week. I had $.55 Bush's baked beans coupons and I got 4 cans for 12 cents. I never find good deals like that. Thanks to your class, it gave me good tips to find special coupons. :-)

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