Using coupons is a great way of saving money at the store, but sometimes things can go wrong at the store. Here are a few simple tips to help make things go a little more smoothly:
- Check your coupons closely for expiration date and to make sure you bought the correct product, size and amount of product.
- The wording on the coupon is what the product is for, not necessarily the item pictured. Sometimes packaging has changed and other times the picture does not include every product covered by the description.
- Follow the rules, never copy coupons. Internet coupons usually allow 2 prints per computer.
- Know your stores coupon rules. You can find most stores coupon policies on their website. I mentioned a couple in my post about where to print coupons.
- Be nice to the cashier. Many cashiers appreciate a friendly customer. Getting upset only makes matters worse. If you have a problem and know you are following the rules, ask for a manager. Many times the cashier just wants to make sure she/he will not get in trouble by taking the coupon in question. Being familiar with a stores coupon rules is a great benefit. I have found that many of the managers are not even familiar with their rules that are posted right on their website.
- Keep your transactions to 1-2. If you need to do more, visit another store or at least go out to your car with your purchases and then go back in. Remember that some coupons and stores limit the number of coupons/deals you can do in a day. Don’t clear the shelves of every item. It’s just not nice. If there is very limited stock when you get there then by all means, go ahead.
- Do not take every coupon on a display in a store. The coupons are there for everyone, not just the first one to see them. It’s okay to take a few, but not the whole pad!
- Enjoy using coupons to save on things you buy. Remember that in many states you pay tax on pre-coupon amounts, so an item is not always completely free.