5. Couponing Etiquette
5.1. It is best for you to coupon without children in tow. It is easier to concentrate when you aren’t having to entertain your little ones. Keep that in mind when planning your trip to the store.
5.2. Don’t Hoard! Clearing the shelves just because you have a coupon for the items is rude. Well, it’s rude even if you don’t use coupons. If you plan on purchasing a large amount of an item, place a special order with the grocery/store manager. Or do a little bit at each store in the area.
5.3. Try to avoid the busy times of day. I have found the best times to go are early in the morning (8-9am), or after dinner (9-10:30p). Be aware of those around you, and maybe let someone buying milk and bread go in front of you when you have a coupon + doubles for every item in your cart.
5.4. Be honest. Stealing newspapers for the coupons is NOT okay, photocopying coupons is NOT okay, No matter how good a deal is, it is not worth your integrity!
5.5. Be kind. Cashier’s will be more helpful if you are kind to them. Customers in line behind you will be more patient if you are kind. It’s a good rule of thumb to not do more than 2 transactions back-to-back, if people are waiting in line, just do one transaction and get back in line. Or go to the self-check and ask the cashier there if it’s okay to do your coupons there—most stores require cashier assistance with coupons at self-checkout registers.