A triple coupon marathon

22 03 2009

Word on the Web has it that Harris Teeter, my favorite grocery store chain here in North Carolina, is going to be offering triple coupons again this week —  but with a twist.

This time, the triple-coupon event will begin on Wednesday, the first day of the new sales week, and last for a full week. This is pretty much unheard of in the couponing world. Triple coupon events typically last three days — or at the most four. Talk about a couponing marathon.

With just 2 1/2 days to go until triples begin, I’ll be spending a lot of time matching coupons in my binder with items that will be on sale. Many thanks to the folks at Hot Coupon World and SavvyDollar.org, two sites that have posted the contents of the weekly sale paper and a list of grocery items that will end up being free or a few cents each.

This is extremely valuable information because more casual shoppers won’t see the sales circular until they open their Wednesday morning newspaper. The early shopper gets the deals.

If you’re new to couponing, a triples event is a great opportunity to stock your pantry. Concentrate on buying the free and nearly free items, and any items that are an exceptionally good deal that your family eats or uses all the time. But don’t be fooled into thinking all triples deals are the best deal you will find. Many times, a double coupon offer — when combines with a “buy-one-get-one-free” sale — will end up being cheaper. So know your sales.

The three main coupon policies to remember when shopping a triples event at Harris Teeter:  The store will triple up to 20 coupons per day per customer. No more than three like coupons will be tripled. Coupons will triple up to 99 cents in value. I’ve never seen a coupon valued at 99 cents, but if there were such a thing, it would be valued at $2.97 during triples. To read the store’s full coupon policy, click here.

Now it’s back to work on my coupon binder. See you in the aisles.

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