We have all been there: that awful moment when your carefully planned check out is just not working as you expected. You carefully made your shopping list, you matched up your coupons to your sales, you carefully clipped each one, and yet you are running into some issues. It could be that the cashier is giving you a difficult time, it could be that the register won’t scan the coupon, it could be any number of things.
Well all of these scenarios can cause a lot of stress and make you want to forget about couponing, but they don’t have to. Below, you will find 7 tips for avoiding a coupon crisis. The next time you find yourself in a coupon crisis, give these tips a try and see how easy it is to keep your cool and complete the transaction.
7 Tips for Avoiding a Coupon Crisis:
1. Know the coupon policy of each store.
You should know the coupon policy of each store you shop at. By knowing this information, you can best plan your shopping strategy while making sure you know all of the rules and are abiding by them.
2. Carry the policy with you.
Keep a copy of the store’s coupon policy on you so you can reference it if there are any problems. You can find the store’s coupon policy on their website. Just print it off and place it in your coupon binder.
3. Keep free coupon items to the back of the line.
When checking out, place the items you have free coupons for at the back of the line. This way, it is easier for the cashier to pull up the price when she needs to enter it. It can easily help you avoid waiting 5 minutes per product while the cashier scans the receipt for the price.
4. Be patient.
Just like the cashier should be patient with you when you are pulling out all of your coupons, be patient with them. They may need to read each coupon before scanning it. Many stores will charge the cashier if they take a coupon that is not valid, so respect the fact that they need to be vigilant. Take a deep breath and just relax.
5. Request a manager when needed.
If you are sure a cashier is in the wrong, whether it be about the store’s coupon policy or the total of your bill, kindly ask to speak to a manager. Be prepared to show the product, the coupon, and the coupon policy. Kindness and patience will go a long way as well!
6. No deal is ever final.
If a cashier (or even manager) is not honoring a coupon, or insists that your total is correct, you are never obligated to buy the item or even complete the sale. Kindly ask them to take the item off, or for your coupons back. Thank the cashier for their time and take your coupons elsewhere.
7. Put out good coupon karma.
If you have a patient shopper waiting in line behind you while your coupons are being scanned, why not share the wealth? See if you have any coupons for the items they are buying and pass some along. It is a nice gesture that will show thanks for their patience.
As you can see, keeping informed, organized, and calm are all great ways to avoid coupon crisis. Give these tips a try and you can enjoy a smoother and more effective check out on your next shopping trip.