Since TLC began airing Extreme Couponing, couponing has become tougher and stores are becoming more strict on their policies. So far, not much has changed in the Central VA area, but to help PREVENT changes from happening in our area we must be extremely conscious of the stigma associated with couponers. Here are some helpful hints to help make your shopping experience better for yourself and those around you.
- DON’T be a shelf clearer. There is nothing more frustrating than going in to purchase an item to find the shelves completely wiped. This not only causes frustration for other shoppers, but also creates problems for the store carrying the item. The store will have to order more product and it is never guaranteed when the item will be on the shelf again.
- DON’T take all of the tearpads, peelies, or blinkies from the shelves. Take what you need and leave some for others who would like to enjoy that deal as well.
- DON’T be rude to another customer, cashier, or manager. This only leaves a negative image in peoples’ minds and may make it more difficult to find the items you are looking for in the future. The store cashiers and managers are there to help. Remember: you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
- DO call ahead of time if you will be purchasing an item in large quantities. The stores prefer you call ahead, and are happy to help you find your bargains.
- DO stand up for yourself and be firm. You shouldn’t have to rush when using your coupons. Coupons are just like cash, and the store is reimbursed the money by the companies that give out the coupons.
- DO be considerate of others. If there are people waiting in line behind you, simply let them know you will be using coupons and it may take longer. If the person has less items than you, let them go first. Be conscientious, but don’t be embarrassed for using your coupons.
- DO donate your coupons or items to others in need. Nothing makes a better impression than giving back to others, and it makes you feel good, too. 🙂
- DO donate your expired coupons to troops overseas.
- DO be a coupon fairy! If you have coupons you know you’re not going to use, leave them on the shelf for others to use or give them to other customers who are purchasing the items. Leave a good impression of couponers wherever you go!
For more info on being a courteous couponer, please see these sites!!!
- Be a Coupon Fairy – http://savingthefamilymoney.com/coupon-fairy-spreading-the-love/
- Overseas Coupon Program – http://www.ocpnet.org/
- Packages from Home – http://www.packagesfromhome.org/
- Feed America – http://feedingamerica.org/