Harris Teeter is an upper end grocery store that operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Deleware, and Washington D.C. What makes them great for coupon shoppers is that they have REALLY good coupon policies. So if you are just starting to use coupons at Harris Teeter you are going to be very pleased with what you find.
The Harris Teeter Coupon Policy
I could just copy and paste what they put out but it is really confusing so I am going to break it down into nice easy to understand chunks.
- Coupon Doubling – HT will double manufacturer coupons up to 99¢. So if you have a 75¢ coupon it is worth $1.50 at HT.
- BOGO Deals – HT is another store that loves some BOGO. Just like most grocery stores this is really a 50% off deal. This means you can use one coupon for each item you purchase.
- Coupon Quantity Limits – You can only use 20 coupons per day at HT. So when they do a big event be prepared to go multiple days to get all the deals.
- Coupon Doubling Limits – HT only allows you to double coupons on three of the exact same item. So if you want four then you will have to make a trip on another day.
- Printable Coupons – Printable manufacturer’s coupons are all good at HT.
- Competitor coupons – HT will accept competitor coupons but they have to be paper coupons not the kind you print on your printer. Kind of a bummer but we’ll take it. And each store manager determines who is and is not a competitor so check with your store to make sure.
- E-Coupons – HT will work with cash back e-coupons from SavingStar and Ibotta.
- Coupon Stacking – You can use a manufacturer’s coupon with a store or competitor’s coupon AND get the cash back from e-Coupons.
That’s it for the coupon policy boring stuff. Next we will learn how to
exploit this policy to our advantage err… use this policy with respect to Harris Teeter and their wonderful deals.
How You Get the Deals
Harris Teeter, like most grocery stores runs a weekly ad that has new specials each week. In order to take advantage of those deals you have to have an e-Vic card. The card is free and signing up is easy. Make sure to put your correct information in so they can send you advertising that include coupons. What makes Harris Teeter exceptional is their big events that come every once in a while.
What are the Big Events?
Well I am glad you asked. There are two types of major couponing events at Harris Teeter. The first is super doubles. The way this works is that Harris Teeter will double any coupons up to $2. so if you have a $1.50 coupon it will double up to $3. This is a great week to really kill some high value items
The second event is Triple coupons. This happens a lot less than the super doubles but imagine the glee of couponers throughout that eight stat region as their 75¢ coupons magically triple to $2.25. It really is crazy those weeks with people coming back each day to stock up on more stuff.
Like I said above these events only happen every so often. As I am writing this guide I am about half way through the year and there have been two Super Doubles events and no triple coupon events so far.
Combining the Coupons with the Weekly Ad
As with any good couponing strategy, the key to shopping at HT is to match your coupons up with the best deals that week. Most Harris Teeters run on an eight week rotation for their deals so be aware that you need to have enough to last you a full eight weeks in order to get the same prices later. In an ideal situation your savings would look something like this:
HT does a BOGO on cereal A which is normally $4. You have a coupon for 75¢ off cereal A. BOGO makes cereal A $2 and you coupon doubles to $1.50. You pay 50¢ out of your pocket for cereal A.
There are tons of places to get your coupon matchup lists for Harris Teeter but the top two with be CouponMom.com and SouthernSavers.com. Whichever one you get used to will work great for you.
How I Use Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter is best used for deal shopping only. If you have an emergency need and Wal-Mart or Aldi are closer then you should shop there. Harris Teeter is also great for items that you cannot find in an Aldi store, but if I were looking to do some experimenting with new recipes I would suggest the ready to cook meal services. Services like Blue Apron, Plated, and Hello Fresh allow you to cook higher end meals while providing you with all the ingredients. This way you don’t go down to the grocery store and pay a fortune in spices and rarely used recipe items.
Overall you can do REALLY well shopping the promotions and sales at Harris Teeter and if I had one in my area I would add them to the list of stores I check for coupon deals.