3 things to consider when using coupons
Things to consider when using coupons.
Coupons are a great money-saving tool when it comes to your cutting grocery bill. You can find coupons for just about anything nowadays, so using them to slash your grocery costs is a great idea.
However, there are a few things to consider when you go shopping. Although using coupons is a fairly simple task, things may not always go as planned and you need to be prepared.
Here are 3 things to consider when using coupons at your local drug or grocery store:
1. The item(s) you want may not be in stock
The best time to use coupons is when items are on sale, as this will get you the best bang for your buck. However, the problem with only purchasing sale items is that you may not always be able to find what you are looking for when you go shopping.
I always recommend shopping early in the morning (on a weekday, if possible), because most stores will stock their shelves overnight. This gives you the best chance of finding everything that you want to purchase.
If you shop after 12pm, or at any time on the weekend, it’s likely that some of the items you wish to purchase will be sold out. This is especially true if you have a coupon that, when matched with a sale, will get you a free product.
2. You may run into issues at the cash
Although couponing has become increasingly more popular than it was years ago, many people still don’t understand coupons and how they work. That means that it is possible for you to end up with a cashier that won’t accept your coupons.
Some issues you may run into are:
- The coupon says “one per purchase”, so the cashier only wants to allow one coupon per transaction.
- The cashier is sure that they can not accept printed coupons.
- The coupon value is more than the cost of the item, so the cashier will not accept your coupon.
- The cashier says that you cannot price match and use a coupon at the same time.
These issues at the cash can not be prevented (they happen to everyone at some time or another), but you can certainly prepare yourself for the times when an issue does arise. Familiarize yourself with the coupon policies for all of the stores you shop at, and always follow the rules. I also suggest bringing a copy of the coupon policy with you when you go shopping.
If you are unsure about something that is not in a store’s coupon policy, call your local store and ask to speak to the store manager. They will answer any questions that you have.
3. You may have people upset with you when checking out
Although couponing is gaining in popularity, there are some people that really just don’t like coupons, and having to stand behind someone at the store who is using them can really irritate those people.
I’ve noticed that I get the most amount of sighs and grumbles from the people behind me in line when I am using more than 20 coupons in a transaction. Sometimes, those customers will say things to me that are insulting.
The best thing to do in those situations is to keep your cool (as difficult as it may be, sometimes!). Try to warn people behind you that you have many coupons to use and may take you a while to check out. This gives them a chance to pick another checkout line. If they decide to stay behind you anyway, that’s their choice.
If possible, try to shop at the least busy times. Early mornings during the week are best, and late evenings are usually okay at most stores as well.
Though you may run into some bad situations (like the ones above), remember that you are using coupons to save your family some money. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. That’s not important.
Be prepared for issues to arise, and handle them well when they do. Until then, continue using coupons whenever you can – they really are one of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill.