Remember your mother saying, “where are your manners!” after a forgotten please or thank you? I think all of us at one time or other should have had our mamas with us during a couponing trip LOL!
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting the deal that we forget to show simple kindness and respect to the store employees, the shoppers around us and even to each other! Here’s a few key points we’d like to make:
- If it wasn’t for the stores accepting coupons we wouldn’t save much! We’re on their turf, so we should always abide by their rules whatever they may be.
- The old saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” is sooooo true. Being hostile over an issue will get you nowhere. Always stay calm and politely state your case. You’re more likely to get the manager/cashier to listen to you this way. If they still say no, say thank you for listening and move on. There will be other deals.
- Treat your cashier with respect. Always be polite and say thank you! Cashiers can either make your couponing experience smooth and easy or reek havoc if they don’t like you. If they’re couponers too, share some of your coupons with them (if your store allows this) so they can get in on the deals……you’ll make a friend for life!
- If for some reason the cashier has a problem with a coupon, or for anything else and it’s holding up the line, apologize to the person behind you for taking so long. Usually they will be understanding. If not, just smile and be polite.
- Don’t be a pain in the hiney by taking all the tearpad or peelie coupons so that other customers can’t get in on the deal. This can cause stores to change how they handle in-store coupons. They may stop putting out tearpads or peelies altogether or only allowing 1 transaction per trip. A few stores here have started keeping the coupons at the register instead of displaying them or putting them on the product because of this problem. I suspect more will follow suit.
- We should all use our coupons as they were intended. The cashiers have to account for their coupons at the end of the day and we don’t want to do something that can cause them to get into trouble for later.
- If you see another couponer in the store give a friendly greeting and share a few coupons. It’s not a competition…..we’re all just trying to save money in today’s declining economy.