Heads Up Harris Teeter Shoppers

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For a long time, Harris Teeter’s coupon policy has specifically allowed us to “stack” an evic coupon with a paper coupon.  This has made some great deals and even money makers for us.  Lowe’s Foods changed their policy last year to not allow the stacking of their digital coupons with paper ones and I’ve been expecting Harris Teeter to make this change as well.

While is is not in effect yet, expect it to happen in the near future.  The reasoning is that these are actually manufacturer coupons provided through Harris Teeter.  When this change does happen, I would suggest not loading any digital coupons for which we have paper coupons.  The reason will be that the paper coupons will double and the digital ones will not.

Again, this is not in effect yet, but I am being told that Harris Teeter is working on updating their system to disallow a paper coupon and a digital coupon on the same item.  In other stores, the digital coupons come off automatically and the paper coupon is rejected.  I do not know what will be the case at Harris Teeter but I like to let you know what I do.

This is really not the end of the world- I personally will miss the “money makers” I get combining an evic and a paper coupon but those are only one time use.  I’d prefer to lose that than the awesome coupon events and other promos Harris Teeter runs!

Thoughts?

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Comments

  1. janice says

    Sounds like good business to me. Let’be thankful we were ever allowed to use both. HT is very generous to us couponers.

  2. Margie says

    I don’t understand. I’ve been to a couple of your coupon classes and I remember you telling us about Lowes and why it was happening, and specifically you said that the Harris Teeter Evics were their own coupons, not manufacturers which is why we can stack them.
    The E-vic is a big plus to shopping HT over Lowes. Especially since the last two super doubles had pretty crappy sales to go with them. Lowes with their gas incentives are going to be looking better. Hope HT isn’t cutting off their nose to spite their face on this one.

    • Heather says

      I have been noticing that alot of the e-vic Q ‘s now say “Cellfire” in the fine print, which is the same company that held the Lowes online Qs. I think the evic specials and Qs for HT specific products are their own but some of the manufacturer ones are not.

    • says

      I don’t think I said that evic coupons are Harris Teeter coupons- but that their policy said we can. We’ve actually been expecting this to happen because evic coupons are manufacturer coupons and the manufacturers are demanding the stacking end.

      • Margie says

        It was last year, but yes, that’s what you said, when talking about the change in Lowes’ policy at the Library on Reynolda, my sister in law even wrote it down. I suppose it hardly matters though.
        If you click on the more info, most of the coupons say they are from Red Plum, with some saying they are from a manufacturer. This wasn’t always the case, as I’ve checked the more info before to find out all of the items covered by the e-vic and that information wasn’t there. Since there is nothing saying they are not to be stacked, I would hope that they are going to announce when it happens so we don’t lose out on the value of our regular coupons if an e-vic exists.

  3. says

    If they do this.. there will be no benefit to go to a higher priced grocery store (Harris Teeter) . I for one will not go there any longer.

  4. Pam Grier says

    This is a sad day. Since they are doing this, they need to eliminate the EVIC coupons all together. Really–what “savvy couponer” wants a coupon at face value only? I’ll just take the double (paper) coupon.

    • Becky says

      You know, a cashier told me this a few weeks ago. She said that is why one of my coupons wouldn’t come off. Weird. But my feelings on this are that it is just ridiculous. I think that they may loose some business because I feel that the vic card coupons are like a plus to shopping there, not that it is a manufacturing coupon. I was just talking w/ my Pampered Chef consultant a few hours ago, and she said that the commissary now has a card and that you can load coupons on it, BUT you can’t use manufacturer coupons, so it’s the same scenario. I don’t like the idea, but I guess they have to do what they have to do. Maybe this is part of their deal w/ selling the business…..who knows!!!

  5. says

    While it’s been nice, it doesn’t really upset me. When I lived in CA last year Vons was the only place that doubled coupons (and it was only the first of a like coupon up to a dollar (meaning a $.25 would be $.50, a $.75 would only go up to $1). They had coupons you could load on the card too and they did not stack (or double). Von’s stopped doubling before I moved to. I’m just happy I can double my coupons at HT!

  6. Patti says

    I agree w/ you! I’d rather they make that change than take away our coupon events. I’ve had a lot of issues recently w/ the “Zvrs” so it actually will make shopping at HT easier. I won’t have to stand at customer service trying to get my $ for those that didn’t come off (yesterday I had $5 that had to be refunded to me). Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  7. Lori in NC says

    I’m ashamed to admit, my first thought was “Good, I’ll just let the evic coupons go, and have one less thing to keep track of.” I recently had a few months where all or most of my evic coupons weren’t coming off at the register, so each trip required a trip to customer service, and math to figure out how much they owed me. (And there was one manager who looked every single one up on the computer…) I’ll miss it, but it was never a huge amount of money for me. I’d much rather have doubles, triples, or super doubles.

  8. Mollie H says

    It was nice to have them, but truthfully I wasn’t using them much lately anyway. I understand the manufacturer’s want to stop the practice as we are basically getting triple coupons on any product with an evic Q and a manufacturer Q that doubles.

  9. Jennifer says

    I work for Harris Teeter. I have not been informed of any policy changes on coupons. However, to clear up some confusion I would like to state that there is a difference in what you all are calling evics. The evic program is a harris teeter program that has nothing to do with coupons. Its the specials you receive weekly emails from harris teeter about that automatically come from scanning your VIC card. The coupons that you save to your vic card are called zavers. I believe what Mom was trying to say, is they may be changing their policy to not allow a paper coupon and a saver for the same item.

  10. Jennifer says

    I work for Harris Teeter. I have not been informed of any policy changes on coupons. However, to clear up some confusion I would like to state that there is a difference in what you all are calling evics. The evic program is a harris teeter program that has nothing to do with coupons. Its the specials you receive weekly emails from harris teeter about that automatically come from scanning your VIC card. The coupons that you save to your vic card are called zavers. I believe what Mom was trying to say, is they may be changing their policy to not allow a paper coupon and a zaver for the same item.

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