While you sleepy heads are enjoying your morning coffee and reading this here blog, I am out making some money, er- saving money. In fact I'm saving in a whole new way this morning. I'm hittin' up the Harp's Double Coupon Event in Tulsa. Each month, Harp's, has a double coupon event. I've never been before, but today was my day. I spent a considerable amount of time preparing for this trip. I'm hoping to spend under $20 and stock up on some much needed items.
Since I don't know their everyday store prices, I have my high value coupons listed. In front of the coupon I wrote how many of that coupon I have, and after the coupon I have what the total savings would be after the coupon doubles. This way as I'm hunting down my deals, I can decide if I want to purchase an item or not.
Yes, I have issues. It's okay if you noticed. I'm well aware. No, I don't mind if you point it out. However, if you find these pictures helpful, I regret to inform you that you too have issues. Sorry 'bout it.
I have my coupons listed out this way so I can shop efficiently. For example, when hitting the condiment aisle all I have to do is look at the price of Kraft BBQ Sauce. If it's around $1, I'll get 2 bottles because two coupons each double up to $.90. I'm good with spending $.10/bottle. That's my plan at least. It could all go you-know-where in a handbag real fast if the prices are high. In that case, I will tuck my tail between my legs and whimper all the way home, and don't think I won't. Savings are a big deal to me.
UPDATE: I have returned from Harp's with a few lessons learned.
Lesson 1: If you want all the deals you're scoping out, be there when they open. The freebies I was hunting were already gone 2 hours after opening.
Lesson 2: Leave the kids at home. Both my little nuggets did great, but after standing in line for over an hour they were getting tired and I was running out of entertaining ideas. It's amazing what a pair of socks can do in a pinch. I'm fairly certain the other customers thought I was a few eggs shy of a dozen.
Lesson 3: Just because a coupon doubles does not mean you have a good deal. I was pretty shocked at the stuff in people's carts. For example, one lady was stocking up on Cheerios. Each box was $4.69. She had -$.75 coupon that would double to -$1.50. Great double, but expensive cereal. She was still paying $3.19/box. Had she waited until cereal went on sale to $2.50 (through a competitor ad), and used her coupon she would have only paid $1.75 instead of $3.19. It's important to be aware of original prices before heading out.
Here's my small purchase...