My Mom taught me many life lessons. I think my favorite was best said by Thumper in Bambi. “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say nuttin at all.” These rules apply to every part of my life, but for some reason some don’t think these apply to couponing. Here is a little reminder.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
This is very basic, but very difficult for some. Don’t pick the shelves clean, don’t peel all the coupons off the packages, and tell those behind you in line that you have coupons. These little things go a long way into helping others have a better day.
If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
If the cashier has attitude with your transaction or wants to argue with you. Just smile and nod. You can always report it to the manager later. There is no point in having it out in the middle of the store. Many will make comments or make faces at you for your coupons. It is best to just be quite and smile, after all you know how much you are saving.
Be Polite and Friendly
The first thing you should do when you get to the checkout is say “hi” to the cashier. Being polite and friendly will get you a long way. You would be surprised how helpful cashiers can be if you are just polite and friendly.
Whining and complaining about items that are out of stock, or the store not taking certain coupons isn’t going to help you in the future. It is best to take your complaints to the manager or corporate, but it just makes you look bad if you whine at the checkout. It also causes the cashiers to remember you and you may have more problems later. If they do not want to honor your coupons, just politely give them the item back and try again later.
I know you would never intentionally walk in a store and steal an item. But coupon fraud is the same thing. Do not fraudulently use coupons! Do not use coupons on improper items, or copy coupons. This type of theft effect all of us. Stores are already starting to tighten coupon policies, don’t ruin it for all of us.
What goes around comes around. If I have coupons that I am not going to use, I leave them on the shelves at the grocery store. I am sure somebody behind me is glad to find them. While I may not get instant gratification from this process. It makes me happy to know I have helped others.