Getting Fired Up at the Harris Teeter

You know I’m fired up if I take pictures of empty shelves at the Teeter. I am sure my friend Jessie over at Moola Saving Mom will have my head for this, but this makes me nuts:

extreme couponing

Yep. It was $2 double coupons at Harris Teeter. The baking aisle is halfway thru my store so by the time I got to this, I was done with the path of destruction that the extreme couponers had left in their wake. This was the 6th or 7th thing that I NEEDED. Not wanted because I had a coupon (but the savings would have been nice) but actually needed and wasn’t able to get because the shelves had been picked clean.

Yes, I know that I should get there at the butt crack of dawn with my list and notebook in hand but that’s not me. I coupon.. I listen to Jessie’s tips when they fly across my radar but I do not live and die by the goal of a $.35 grocery bill. (okay, I lie.. I’d love a $.35 grocery bill). I was so frustrated by this particular trip that I turned to M and told her that from now on it’s her responsibility to remind me NOT to go to the store when there’s a big double coupon deal. It’s just not worth it.

I know that there are bad apples who spoil it for the others, but sorry – this is what gives couponers a bad rap. One of the reasons that I respect Jessie is because I always see her coaching her followers not to be like this. Which leads me to this conclusion.. this was not the act of Jessie or her peeps 😉 For the rest of them – trust me.. you really don’t need 20 bottles of Perfect Pinch and your husband thinks having 100 bottles of laundry detergent is obsessive. So leave some for the rest of us, would you?

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March 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I started couponing about two months before I heard of the show (I don’t watch tv). After I heard the term “extreme couponing”, I looked it up and found all these great websites that do all the work for me, in advance! That was awesome BUT I quickly realized all of these deal finders & sharers are doing with thousands of other new couponers what they did with me….take the thinking out of it and unleash a bunch of people with coupons after the same deals. The point is, it’s not just the show that ruined couponing, it’s the endless blogs (which are profiting off of new couponers hoarding, no matter what they may preach).

I don’t know why more people who are sick of cleared shelves, disgusted cashiers and coupon policy changes aren’t speaking up.

    March 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Probably because in the end, it’s just not worth the trouble OR they don’t realize WHY the shelves are empty.. they probably just think there’s snow coming or the store didn’t stock.

February 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

So THAT’s what the binder ladies are doing!! And why I can’t find chili powder when I need it. *shakes fist at the heavens* (I feel enlightened now… and the need to organize my coupon envelope. Ok, not really. But it’s a thought.)
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February 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

Ugh! I am OK with coupons, only use the ones I need to buy stuff I normally buy. I hate going in to get something like coffee creamer (it is needed!), peanut butter or baking supplies and having it all gone!
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February 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

HA! Ain’t that a shame… NOW I know where it all goes. Mystery solved! Geesh. Can we just shop in their basements? Don’t get it at all. BUT I do get the coupon craze! Hate having to go to another store for the ONE thing you needed and they didn’t have. Always walk out with a hundred things I didn’t need and on to the next store (who has the time??) looking for the ONE thing I did need. Grr…
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February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I hate that. I rarely get to the grocery store, so when I do, I’d better be getting everything on my list! You’re right…it’s the bad apples who get a kick out of seeing their stockpiles grow (and grow and grow).
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February 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

It blows my mind that it’s not a better thought out process. They do need to hire Jessie to consult and let them know which items to stock more of. SO frustrating.
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February 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

I just realized that it’s not just a “hoarding” thing.
It’s really Supply Chain Failure.
Manufacturer says, “Sell more of my Stuff”
Marketing says, “Great – let’s do a big Coupon program”
Corporate says, “Great, we can’t wait to see the added sales”
They all fail to tell the store managers, “Get ready for big sales on Yakisboa”
No one thinks about telling distribution to “Send more Yakisboa to the stores.”
Then the customers show up with a coupon & a some desire to buy Yakisboa.
Yet, it’s all gone now.
Then the customers blame each other, the stores blame distribution, and no one blames the Manufacturer, Marketing or responsible Management.

February 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

Amazing.. guess I just don’t get couponing.. ha

February 27, 2013 at 7:05 am

I’ll admit it. I tried couponing–yes, with a binder–and I saved a whole lot of money on stuff I don’t need, don’t eat, and SHOULDN’T be eating because it’s processed. It took a long time to go through all the crap I had stocked up on in a few trips. I don’t get the hoarding thing. I don’t have the space, nor am I will to turn my garage into a food pantry. Empty shelves at the grocery make me nuts. I’m ready for the stores to put an end to it!
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February 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thank you for explaining this phenomenon to me. I have encountered this periodically, where it looked like a famine was breaking out, and had no clue where all the stuff went!

February 27, 2013 at 6:47 am

I hate it too. I ask @MoolaSavingMom to tell me what days NOT to go shopping because of this “hoarding phenomenon. (lol)

February 27, 2013 at 6:46 am

You should shop at Lowes Foods instead (in my totally unbiased opinion since that’s where I work 🙂 ) – though the same thing happens there. I also had a couple of the binder ladies taking up what felt like half the aisle in front of the cereal a couple weeks ago – drives me crazy. I don’t have time to shop like that!
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