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    Harris Teeter decided to shake things up a bit in June and offer a new promotion: Super Doubles. For one
    week they are doubling coupons with a face value of up to $1.98. That means $1.50 coupons are worth
    $3.00 and $1 coupons are worth $2.00!  They will double up to 20 coupons per day (and they are very
    strict about this policy). I found some fabulous deals on items we use all the time like cereal, tuna,
    dishwashing soap, granola bars, yogurt and dental floss.  I also loved the free salsa and guacamole!  
    Below is a picture of some of the items I purchased on June 24, 2009.

    Total before sales and coupons: $71.25
    Total Saved: $69.67
    Total Cost: $1.58  - Saved 98%!

    $61.76 worth of groceries for $2.13!
    That's a 97% savings!

    It's triples time at Harris Teeter and the deals are oh so good!  Here's a receipt from my shopping
    adventure on April 29, 2009.  The photo includes many of the great deals I bought that day. It doesn't
    include all the deals from that transaction because....well......we ate them already!  Keep in mind that
    Harris Teeter limits the number of coupons you can triple to 20 per day. Their policy allows you to triple
    coupons with a face value of .99 or less so .75 coupons are worth $2.25 at the register!  I love Harris
    Teeter and I'm very grateful for the triples promotions!

    Subtotal before sales and coupons: $61.76
    Amount Saved with coupons and store sales: $59.63
    Amount Paid: $2.13
    Percent Saved: 97%!

    The tortilla chips, tuna, tea, toothpaste, floss, mustard, hot sauce, flavored water, shaving cream, rice,
    granola bars, and deodorant were all FREE! The Breyers ice cream was only .44 after sale and coupon!

    I'm not sure what is going on with Harris Teeter these days but they have been tripling like crazy. They
    tripled in January, February, March and April this year.  Let's all hope that they keep up the monthly triples
    promotions.  If you have been enjoying triples, please take the time to contact Harris Teeter and thank
    them for offering triples. As we all know, companies love to hear positive feedback about their stores,
    employees and special promotions.  Here is the corporate number for Harris Teeter if you want to give
    them a call to say thanks: 1-800-432-6111. If you prefer to send customer service an e-mail, click here for
    the contact form on their website.  

    November 2008
    I have another fabulous CVS shop to share.  During the Black Friday sales this year (Thanksgiving
    weekend 2008) CVS ran a great 4 day sale with lots of items that were free after rebate (ECB's - Extra
    Care Bucks). When combined with manufacturer's coupons, there were a number of money makers.  I
    bought all of the items below for $0!  By combining ECB's that I had earned from deals in the last couple
    weeks and a gift card that I had, I spent NO money at all for over $80 worth of merchandise.  A great way
    to get CVS gift cards is by using prescription transfer coupons or by cashing in your credit card reward
    points for the gift cards.

    Shopping at Harris Teeter
    February 28, 2008

    Subtotal before sales and coupons: $73.10
    Amount saved: $65.45
    Amount paid: $7.65
    Percentage saved: 89%

    This shopping trip took place at Harris Teeter, one of the nicer grocery stores in our area. Some people
    think it is too expensive to shop there, but I find some of my best buys at this store. They have great sales
    and double coupons up to 99 cents.  During this shopping adventure, I was being interviewed by a writer
    doing a story for a local publication on saving money at the grocery store.  I used some of the coupons I
    had for free items in addition to the cents-off coupons I had to show the writer the full range of coupons

    The coupons I used came from completing surveys for the manufacturer, requesting coupons from the
    manufacturer via e-mail or cutting the coupons in the Sunday paper.  The store also had a number of
    good sales that week and they matched nicely with the coupons I had.  The coupon policy allows
    customers to double up to three identical coupons per day and up to a total of 20 coupons per day. If
    there were no limits, the savings would have been even higher.

    As you can see, I purchased bananas, 1 lb. strawberries, a green pepper, frozen broccoli, deli cheese,
    deli tortellini salad, 100% whole wheat bread, yogurt, pasta, pasta sauce, cat treats, dog food, tea bags,
    popcorn shrimp, canola oil, tissues, toothbrushes, sour cream, salad dressing, pudding, potato chips and
    popcorn.  There were items from a number of different departments in the store, except for the meat
    department. Last week London Broil was on sale, so I stocked up on meat then.

CVS Extra Care Bucks Deals
February 17, 2008

The items in the picture above were purchased using a combination of sales, manufacturer's coupons, Extra
Care Bucks earned from previous transactions and a CVS gift card (earned from credit card reward points from
a credit card that I pay off every single month and never carry a balance on). ECB's are coupons that print out
at the end of the receipt and can be used on almost anything in the store.

I paid ZERO for $72.00 worth of product and earned another $19.00 in ECB's!  

Here are the details:

I bought the following items to qualify for a Buy $30 get $15 ECB deal on Proctor and Gamble products:

1 Kotex Pads sale $2.50
1 Palmolive dishsoap sale .99
2 packs 8 count Energizer batteries sale $5.29 each
2 packs 12 count Cottenelle TP sale $5.99 each
1 pack Viva 8 count paper towels sale $6.49

I also bought these items to get my total up to $50:

1 Hershey's Kisses bag clearance 75% off - .75
3 Valentines Snicker hearts 75% oss - .17 each
2 Colgate Total 4.2 oz sale $2.99
2 Arrid XX deoderant - used BOGO raincheck for price
of $1.54 ea.
1 Diet 7-up 2 ltr $1.79
1 CVS brand Apple Juice 64 oz $2.49
1 Dial Soap 3 pack $2.79
1 CVS 2 oz Hand Sanitizer $1.49

Then I used the following coupons:

$10 off $50 purchase (CVS coupon that printed at
bottom of a previous receipt a week ago)
$19.99 ECB coupons (from deals last week)
$2 Kotex coupon (from mailer a couple months ago)
.25 Palmolive coupon (from Sunday paper)
$2 Energizer coupon (from tear pad in various stores last couple months)
$2 Energizer coupon
.75 Cottonelle coupon (from mailer)
.75 Cottonelle coupon
.55 Viva coupon (from mailer)
$1 Colgate printable coupon (from Colgate website)
$1 Colgate printable coupon
.55 Arrid coupon (from Sunday coupons)
.55 Arrid coupon
.30 Dial coupon (from Sunday coupons)
$1.49 Free hand sanitizer coupon from CVS cash register receipt

Total owed after coupons and ECB's was $9.47

I used the gift card from cashing in credit card reward points to pay for the difference.

Out of Pocket = $0.00

Earned $15 ECB's for Proctor and Gamble deal (buy $30 get $15 ECB)
Earned $4 ECB's from Colgate deal ($2 per tube)

I do love CVS!

Triple Coupon Promotion at Harris Teeter, Raleigh, NC
July 26, 2007

The groceries pictured above were purchased for a total of 14 cents by coupling sales, tripled coupons and
rain checks.

Subtotal before sales and coupons:  $130.55
Paid: 14 cents!
Savings 99%

The items I purchased included hummus, vegetarian soy "chicken" patties, vegetarian soy "sausage" links,
crescent rolls, steamfresh corn, american cheese, light beef hotdogs, pasta sauce, pasta side, balance protein
bars, mustard (like I really needed more mustard!), and a bag of candy to get me into the positive when my
order ended up being negative 65 cents.

Triple Coupon Promotion at Harris Teeter
August 18, 2006

On August 18, 2006, I purchased the groceries shown above at a Harris Teeter grocery store. They were
tripling coupons with a face value up to 99 cents.  I stocked up on Mott's 100% juice, Jif peanut butter, canned
Tyson chicken, Lipton tea, bottled ice water (especially good during hurricane season!), Dole fruit bowls,
Sargento cheese slices, Trix yogurt, Ziploc sandwich and snack bags, ice cream, brownie mix, Pop Tarts,
Skippy, Reese's snack bars, and toaster struedel. We also bought some California roll sushi, but we ate it
before I took the picture!

Subtotal before sales prices & coupons: $188.88
Total Paid: 5 cents ! ($.05)
Savings: 99.99%

Shopping at Food Lion
August 10, 2006

On August 10, 2006, I purchased the groceries shown above at Food Lion for only $2.44. There is over $60
worth of items including hand soap, bars of soap, cereal, soda, yogurt, baking spray, bananas, canned fruit,
sandwich buns,  crackers and chips.  Food Lion does not double or triple coupons.

Total Paid: $2.44
Savings: 96%

Shopping at Lowe's Foods
February 13, 2006

On Monday, February, 13, 2006, Lowe's Foods grocery store in the Raleigh, NC area, tripled coupons with a
face value of up to 99 cents. So, for instance, 75 cent coupons were actually tripled to $2.25. Here is my total
for all the groceries you see in the picture above:

Subtotal before sales prices & coupons: $210.03
Total Paid: $13.96
Savings: 94%
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