Couponing etiquette: Things to remember (new video!)
Do you use coupons? If so, pay attention. Today I’m going to explain a little bit about couponing etiquette.
I’ve received a lot of questions about this over the last few weeks, so I wanted to give you something to think about.
When it comes to couponing etiquette, there are a few things that you should know (and this is not just for couponing in Canada, but anywhere that coupons are used).
Do not photocopy coupons
One of the things that you should avoid is photocopying coupons.
Photocopying coupons is illegal and is not the same as printing coupons from your computer.
Never do this – no matter how good the coupon may be. It’s not worth it, and it’s not right.
Do not take full tear pads
Another thing that I always tell people to avoid is taking full tear pads of coupons.
When you’re shopping at the store and you find tear pad coupons, please don’t take the entire tear pad. Always leave coupons behind for others.
If there’s only one coupon left, that’s a different story. However, if it’s a full tear pad of coupons, take a couple (whatever you think you’ll be able to use), but don’t take more than 5-10 (10 being the maximum).
Taking any more than that is going to prevent other people from getting coupons as well.
Also, keep in mind that you should only take the maximum amount of coupons if you are certain you are going to use them all. Otherwise, just take 1-3.
Be kind to your cashier
Another couponing etiquette tip that I wanted to share is to be nice to your cashier.
When you get up to the register to pay for your groceries with coupons, you’re often going to encounter cashiers that either doesn’t understand how to use coupons or who don’t like people that use coupons (because it creates more work for them).
The only thing you can do in this situation is to be kind to your cashier.
I know it’s difficult sometimes, but the best thing to do is just be polite. This will usually help you more than if you’re angry and getting very defensive.
Those are my tips for couponing etiquette. I want to encourage people to use coupons, but to use them the right way.
When we all use coupons properly, we are less likely to run into issues when we try to redeem them.