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Wednesday grocery deals (Aug. 15-21)

There are great deals this week on split chicken breasts, frozen chicken breasts, shrimp, London Broil, Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies, Gevalia coffee, back-to-school snacks, cereals and Pantene and Herbal Essences hair care products -- just to name a few.

I've included the very best of the deals from the new circulars as well as a host of unadvertised specials with outstanding coupon match-ups.

On top of that, Lowes Foods is offering 10 opportunities for enhanced fuel rewards when you buy select products while Food Lion is offering a gift card promotion for fans of P&G products.

And finally, don't overlook the produce deals at Aldi, which include bananas for 44 cents a pound and mangoes for 59 cents each.

(I'm also including the best of the Kroger deals at the bottom of the post for easier comparison.)

As always, happy shopping. And please report in on any good deals you find.

Sunday drugstore and Kroger deals are up (Aug. 12-18)

The deals at the drugstores this week include free energy bars, free candy and free feminine products, along with super cheap deodorant, gelatin, razors, hair care, candy and eggs.

At Kroger, there are deals on deodorant, soap, Kleenex, pasta, Hefty storage bags, Nabisco snacks and Chex Mix, along with a gift card promotion that will save you money at the gas pump.

Also take note of the deals I've highlighted that have holiday savings potential. Start now, save money and be more relaxed come holiday time.

Keep reading for all the top deals at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Kroger. And be sure to add the good deals you discovered. That way, we can all save more.

Smart Source coupons for the iPad

Smart Source -- a familiar name to generations of coupon clippers -- has gone mobile.

Long a staple of the Sunday newspaper experience, Smart Source coupons are now available on the iPad. No scissors required.

Called SmartSource Xpress, the app provides "magazines" of coupons for folks to page through, simulating that traditional Sunday morning experience.

But that's where the similarities end.

The power of coupons: 99.9% saved


Here's my morning haul from Harris Teeter during the first day of its Super Doubles coupon event.

You know you're doing well in the savings department when you owe more in taxes than you owe for the actual goods.

Here's the breakdown:

I purchased $81.27 worth of groceries. My total before taxes was 83 cents. The tax was $1.61.

That figures out to be a 99.9 percent savings before taxes or 97 percent after taxes.

A great deal no matter how you figure it.

Even though I'm a seasoned couponer, it's still amazing to me to see how a few slips of paper can make such a difference in a family's grocery budget.

How did I get my total that low?

Wednesday grocery deals (Aug. 8-14)

Harris Teeter's Super Doubles promotion is the big headline in grocery news this week with with lots of freebies and ultra cheap deals. Head over HERE for an extensive list.

But don't rule out a quick trip to Lowes Foods, Food Lion and Aldi, where you'll be able to score $1 a jar peanut butter, cantaloupe for $1.50 and a 10-pound bag of potatoes for $2.49, among other bargains.

Keep reading for a store-by-store breakdown of the very best deals this week.

Happy shopping.

Updated: Harris Teeter Super Doubles freebies and good deals list


Updated with sale items that will continue through Super Doubles week.
Updated again with new sale items and unadvertised specials.

Harris Teeter's Super Doubles promotion, which begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, is shaping up to be a pretty big event with numerous freebies and good deals.

Even better, several grocery items are actually moneymakers when you use a paper coupon along with a Harris Teeter digital coupon, which, by the way, is permitted by Harris Teeter's official coupon policy. You've gotta love it when you get paid to shop!

I've double-checked the prices using Express Lane, Harris Teeter's online shopping tool, and walking the aisles of my local Harris Teeter in Apex to verify shelf tag information.

I've also added deals from the new sales circular. (My thanks to for posting the ad early.) And finally, I've also included numerous unadvertised deals.

Keep in mind my list is specifically tailored to Triangle shoppers, using Triangle store prices and coupons readily available here, either through newspaper inserts, magazines or Internet printing. No sense getting frustrated looking for a deal we can't get here!

(For Super Double coupon shopping tips and Harris Teeter's rules during Super Doubles, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

Now on to the deals:

Sunday drugstore and Kroger deals are up (July 29-Aug. 4)

With the help of Sunday's new infusion of coupons, you can score some great deals at the drugstores this week. CVS has a great deal on Ragu, Hellmann's mayo and Lipton tea. Pick up FREE Crest toothpaste, FREE Oral B toothbrushes, FREE Scope mouthwash and FREE Poligrip, along with ultra cheap Listerine and Pantene at Rite Aid. Over at Walgreens, scoop up the FREE Allegra allergy medicine and ultra cheap All laundry detergent and Clorox bleach, along with eggs for 99 cents per dozen.
And finally, at Kroger, corn is 33 cents an ear, Chobani yogurt is just 75 cents a cup and Hunt's Snack Packs are also 75 cents each. There are also nice deals on split chicken breasts for 99 cents per pound and London broil at $2.99 per pound.
Please jump in with deals you find while shopping. Leave them in the comments section so we can all save more.

Database updated with Sunday's new coupons

The News & Observer's  coupon database has been updated with all of the new coupons -- and there were a bunch.

This Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer contains five inserts -- one Smart Source, two Red Plum, the August P&G and a single-page Target insert -- for a total of 225 coupons with a face value of at least $350.

That's before every-day double coupons at Kroger, Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods -- not to mention Super Doubles, which is ongoing at Lowes Foods this week.

Not familiar with the coupon database? You can access it on the right-hand side of the blog. There's a button at the bottom right to view it as a full-size page.
Or, you can download it as an Excel spreadsheet by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of this post.
It's a handy tool, listing every coupon we receive in the Sunday N&O. It's the most timely and detailed source of coupon information in the Triangle.

For a how-to post on the database, read my Coupons 101 post HERE.

Wednesday grocery deals (July 25-31)

The big news in coupons this week is Super Doubles at Lowes Foods. Head over HERE for a giant list of freebies and good deals.

Keep reading this post for the rest of this week's good deals, which are surprisingly plentiful.

Harris Teeter has a great deal on eggs at just 99 cents a dozen, along with a generous "meal deal" and a good selection of $1 items included in its 10/$10 sale.

In addition to its Super Doubles, Lowes Foods has a great deal on boneless chicken breasts at just $1.79 per pound and some stellar produce deals.

Over at Food Lion, take note of the $1.50 price on peanut butter and an early bird Saturday special on Doritos for $1 per bag.

And finally, there are some terrific deals on produce at Aldi, including cucumbers for 29 cents, grape tomatoes for 89 cents per pint and 3-packs of green papers for $1.49.

Read on for all the top deals at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion and Aldi. I've also included the best of Sunday's Kroger deals at the bottom of the post for easier comparison shopping.

Please add the bargains you find while shopping. That way, we can all save even more.

Updated: Lowes Foods Super Doubles list of freebies and good deals

Updated with unadvertised specials.

Here's an updated list of freebies and good deals for Lowes Foods' Super Double coupon event, which begins Wednesday, July 25.

It's shaping up to be a pretty nice opportunity to save, with at least 11 freebies and many more heavily discounted groceries.

I compiled the list using the coupons we received here in the Triangle, along with readily available printables, magazine and tearpad coupons. No sense getting all excited about a deal using a coupon that was only available in other parts of the country.

I've also verified prices and sale dates at my local Lowes Foods in Apex, taking a lot of the guesswork out of your Super Doubles trip.

Below the list you'll find a list of tips to help make your Super Doubles shopping trip successful as well as Lowes Foods' policy regarding Super Doubles.

And finally, a big thank you to the good folks on Hot Coupon World who posted the new sales circular ahead of schedule.

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