Have you ever wished that you knew the secrets of those coupon-binder-carrying shoppers at Harris Teeter? Do the words e-vic, super double, and raincheck seem all too confusing? Well, here’s your opportunity! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to drastically lower your grocery bill at HT and free up some of that grocery money for other neat stuff!
I couldn’t count on both hands the number of times I’ve been asked by moms “How do you get such great deals?” Couponing, that is. People are always asking, so here it is, a breakdown of the Harris Teeter couponing guidelines and some very useful tips on how to cut your grocery bill drastically!
For starters, let me begin by saying that Harris Teeter is NOT, by any means, the ONLY store that you can find great deals couponing. There are many others, such as: CVS, Rite Aid, Bi-Lo, Food Lion, and Walgreens. However, today we will focus our attention on Harris Teeter.
When shopping Harris Teeter stores, you will need to have a clear understanding of the coupon policy. If not, you will not be able to fully take advantage of your coupons. I will give an overview of what they allow and do not allow a little in this post but for the latest and most updated source, you can click here for their coupon policy.
Here are a few tips to begin with:
- q is a short-hand term for coupon and will be used throughout this post to refer to coupons
- HT will double 20 coupons (per household) per day.
- HT will double 3 like (same) coupons
- For items that are out-of-stock, you can visit the service desk to request Rainchecks. These allow you to receive the same sale price at a later date since the item was not available. They NEVER expire therefore it’s most beneficial to wait to use them until you have q’s to match the raincheck.
- HT offers their evic members electronic store coupons (evic coupons) that can be loaded onto your store evic card. Just visit their site to load them each week before your shopping trip.
On regular sale weeks, HT will double coupons up to .99. This simply means that if you have a coupon for .75 off you will receive $1.50 off of that item as long as the item’s total cost is equal to (or exceeds) $1.50. In the case that the item DOES NOT equal or exceed $1.50, you will get the item for free but will not receive the leftovers in case. (Ex. An item cost $1.25 and you use a .75 coupon which doubles to $1.50 off. The item will be free but you will not receive the remainder of .25 in cash back)
On super double sale weeks, HT will double coupons up to $2. The same rule applies to items that DO NOT equal or exceed the couple-doubled value. If a q doubles to $4 but the item only cost $3.50, the item will be free, however, you will not receive the $0.50 difference in cash back.
If you have a raincheck for an item that was on sale during a super-double event, and the store restocks that item after the sale ends, you will still be able to purchase that item at the sale price on the raincheck, however, the raincheck does NOT permit you to double a q up to $2 once the super-double sale is over.
The new sales will begin on Wednesday of each week. The deals will be posted earlier in the week on one of my favorite sites, Moolasavingmom.com, which I HIGHLY recommend you follow as well. Jessie, along with her team, does an amazing job matching the sales with the available q’s each week.
For example, here’s an example of a sale item (matched with q’s) during a regular sale:
Hefty paper plates (50 count):
Regular price is $2.39 but they are on sale for 2 for $3. You have TWO q’s for $0.50 off of 1 pack. Each of these will double to $1 off so you will only pay $0.50 for each pack. ($1 total). Here’s the math.
$3 (price for two packs) – $2 in q’s = $1 for both packs
Now, here’s an example of a sale item (matched with q’s) during a super-double event:
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (30 oz):
Regular price is $5.99 but it is on sale for half-off which makes it $2.99. You have a $1.50 off q which doubles to $3 off. You will get it FREE! 🙂
Getting organized before the trip:
Go through your q’s and clip each one that you will need for the week. Place them in a zipper pouch (you can purchase these for around $1). Now, you will need to sort through the q’s that you will be using for your 1st trip that week. Place those in a separate zipper pouch. Be sure to bring both pouches along on the trip. This way, you will have a back-up supply to pull from in case any of the items you planned on purchasing are sold out.
You can also sign-up here for Jessi’s e-club to get free access to a neat, editable shopping list template. Having a pre-filled shopping list will ensure that you do not get overcharged on any of the items. Check your list at the register and compare the totals on your list to the totals on the register. If there are any discrepancies, do not hesitate to go to the customer service desk before leaving. That’s what it’s there for. 🙂
You will want to get all of your rainchecks together in a separate pouch. I take them with me on every trip since I never know when I’m going to run across a good q to match them with. 😉
There are many different types of q’s. The main types include:
- insert q’s (found in the Sunday newspaper),
- printables (printed from online sources such as www.coupons.com),
- store coupons (found in various places – sometimes on the back of your receipt)
- There are also coupons that print off from those little machines beside the register once you have completed your transaction. These are called catalina q’s.
As I mentioned earlier, Harris Teeter will double up to 3 like q’s.
After the 3rd “insert” coupon has been doubled, any remaining insert q’s will be deducted at face-value.
However, after 3 “printable” coupons are doubled, no more of those will be accepted (even at face-value). FYI: I have seen many stores vary on this rule, so you may want to check with your local store to see what their guidelines are on this particular rule.
Things to take with you on your shopping trip:
- Sales flyer (especially important in case they haven’t marked all of the sales items with tags yet)
- Cell phone (for taking pics of the out-of-stock items to get your rainchecks and also for checking on moolasavingmom.com to use the “find a coupon” link.
- Calculator, pen, shopping list, q’s, payment method, paper clips & yes, even scissors! You never know when you’ll need to cut out some last-minute q’s for unexpected sales or clearance items that you may find. 🙂
Be sure to plan to spend at least an hour or so on the first trip since you are still learning & don’t forget to visit the Harris Teeter web site to signup for your evic account. Soon after you’ve done so, you will be allowed to load your evic q’s which are those electronic q’s that Harris Teeter offers to their evic members. (I mentioned this earlier)
These should automatically deduct from your grocery bill when the item is scanned at the register if you have pre-loaded them before your trip. FYI: It may take a couple of weeks for a new cardholder to be able to load them so check your online account regularly to see when they become available.
I hope this helps you to better understand the couponing policy at Harris Teeter! My advice would be to pair up with a couple of couponing buddies each week! This adds to the fun tremendously! I personally enjoy my HT shopping trips with my mother & uncle. What better way to enjoy family time than to save money while doing so? 🙂
Happy Couponing! ♥