Coupon Clipper Pushes Grocery Golden Rule
There are some simple rules to using coupons that everyone should follow, call it them the "Golden Rules of Grocery Store Shopping."
Laura Hanlon is a die-hard coupon clipper who is happy to share her unwritten code of coupon etiquette -- especially since she sees so many bargain hunters violate it. "They give couponing a bad name!" Hanlon says.
Here is Hanlon's Golden Rule of the Grocery Store:
- Don't hog the deals. Leave some for other shoppers.
- Swap coupons with other shoppers. It's a nice thing to do, and you'll save even more money.
- Place coupons for items you don't need on the shelf so other shoppers might use them. Share the wealth.
- Don't take all the coupons from in-store "blinkie" dispensers. The machines don't have an endless supply.
- Allow shoppers with only a few items to go ahead of you in line. Coupons take time.
- Have your coupons organized. Make sure you have the correct coupon for the correct item.
- Know store policies. For instance, some stores won't accept coupons printed off the internet.
- Be courteous to cashiers who must process coupons. Coupons require cashiers to do double the amount of scanning.
- Shop at off-peak hours. Don't clog the checkout lines during the busiest times of the day.