June 6th, 2011 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
The checkout lane is the most important part of the couponing process. This can make your trip worth all the time or a complete bust. Plus, it is perfectly normal to be all nervous when you are checking out. If you watch Extreme Couponing, even the most skilled couponers are a little nervous at the checkout lanes. These tips will make your checkout lane experience go a little smoother.
I think a key to couponing is having a list. Once I write the items I want, I make myself some notes on each item. Next to each item I write the number I would like to purchase. If I have to purchase a specific amount of items, then I write the number in a different color ink. Since sometimes my list has things that don’t have a coupon, I also star the items if the item has a coupon. I attach my coupons to the list and as I put them in my cart I cross the item off the list and gather any applicable coupons together. As I stand in line I double check to make sure I have all the coupons pulled that I need.
The nerve-wracking part of checking out is coupons not working out the way you have planned. I like to call this coupon rejection. How do I handle this? First, I remain calm. I ask the cashier to at least try to scan the coupon, if they haven’t done this. If they say I have to buy the item pictured on the coupon, I ask to see the actual wording. More often than not, the coupon will picture the most expensive item. Last, do not be afraid to ask to remove an item off of your receipt if they won’t accept your coupon.
Remember, the more prepared you are the smoother your checkout process. Come back next Monday to finish up my couponing series with information about stockpiling and making the most of sales cycles.
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.