Part of the ABC’s of Couponing series
TLC Extreme Couponing Effect
People are getting upset when they start out couponing and aren’t spending $.03 for $2,000 in groceries. People’s expectations have become unrealistic; leading them to unethical and sad behavior.
People start out couponing breaking all the rules, some of which are:
- Taking newspaper inserts out of papers: whether it is taking inserts out of Newspaper stands, or out of your neighbors papers, it is not “taking” it is “stealing”!
- Trying to use two manufacturer’s coupons on one product. Even if they are for different amounts, you can never do this!
- Trying to use a manufacturer’s coupon on the wrong product. This is highly unethical, maybe even illegal…
- Trying to use store coupons at stores that don’t accept competitor coupons.
- People get mad at cashier’s for not accepting coupons. People are starting to throw fits even.
Weeding Good From Bad
And that brings me to my main point. If you’re a cashier, you are suddenly thrown a whirlwind of people trying to use coupons unethically and you have to try to weed the good from the bad coupons. So let’s all start being a little nicer to cashier’s! It’s not their fault if their store has a bad coupon policy. It’s not their fault if a coupon doesn’t scan. It’s not even their fault if they don’t know their own store’s coupon policy. Usually, it is their manager’s fault for lack of training.
With the TLC effect, cashier’s are getting trained to scrutinize every coupon better and hopefully they can help cut out coupon fraud. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and not get emotional over things not going our way at the register. Even the best couponers find that for some reason or other coupons they were planning to use don’t get accepted. There will be more deals. You are still saving more then before you started couponing.
Be a happy couponer! Bring a copy of your store’s coupon policy with you to the store and kindly explain to them if they are in the wrong.