Leave a comment and I will share your strategy with others.
I will be in a HUGE hurry for my first SD trip. My favorite HT opens at 7:00 and I am supposed to be at work by 7:30, but, if I can be in the checkout line by 7:15, I won't be TOO late. As a result, I have created an Excel Spreadsheet listing out my quantity, item, cost of item, q value, subtotal and total. I am pulling the qs ONLY for tomorrow morning's trip....that way, I will be able to FLY through the store (not only physically, but I will certainly be high as a kite mentally, especially when I see my total).
In general my strategy is to file my qs in my large binders, flag them with the cute little (or tiny - as Aiyana says) post-it flags letting me know what page to turn to. I write the original amount of the item, as well as the coupon value and the total after q on yet another tiny post-it note and place it on the coupon. I can see the coupon and know how much it is going to cost without having to do the math in the store (remember the bright glaring lights I talked about at Wags???? They must use the same lighting people because this seems to happen at HT as well.)
I also use a notebook to write down what I am most interested in purchasing and what I think will sell out the quickest. Sometimes I actually pull the qs and clip them to the notebook page, if I know I am going to be in a hurry at the store. Also, a calculator helps - it's amazing how your math skills leave you when you get excited.
I take a pen with me to make adjustments to my list, including price adjustments if necessary, in order to know what my total will be.
Depending on the store that you visit, you may need to watch the screen to make sure everything doubles. The associates at MY favorite HT checks for me (it helps that they know me).
One very important point to remember. Wait until you get to the car to yell "YIPEEE", don't embarrass yourself.....it makes those around you jealous.
Just a refresher on HT's q policy:
During SDs, they will double qs up to $1.98. There is a limit of 20 coupons doubled per household per day. Others are scanned and taken off at face value. It still has not been concretely determined if it is every 24 hours, at midnight or at 7:00 a.m.
HT will accept up to three mfg. coupons for three of the identical same items. They will accept up to
Good Luck and may the Coupon Goddess be with you!!!