1. Be Nice
To the cashiers and to the people in line behind you.
Remember this is the cashier’s job; they are only doing what they have been trained to do. If there is a problem, politely ask to speak to the manager on duty. They are more likely to hear your complaint if you refrain from using questionable language or being too loud.
Most days, I will turn around and tell the person behind me that I have coupons and it may take a few minutes longer for me to check out. Usually this gesture is greatly appreciated and the person is interested in how much money I am going to save. They are always in AWE when the cashier hits total.
2. Only Use the Coupon for the item Intended
If the coupon says purchase any 6.4 oz or larger, then only purchase the 6.4oz or larger product. If a coupon states, must buy two items to receive .55 cents off, then both items must be purchased to get the amount off your grocery bill.
3. Do not CLEAR the shelves of items
Please try not to take every single item off of the shelf. If you have a lot of coupons to use, talk to the Manager and ask to pre order the products. This will also give the manager a heads up to order more stock for the sale. Although, this does lead the way to rainchecks, be considerate of others.
4. Do not use Expired coupons
Occasionally one will slip through, but do not intentionally use expired coupons when you know that the store does not accept them. This can lead to embarrassment at check out.
5. Know the Store policies
It is best to research and know the store policies. This way you are armed with the knowledge that many employees do not know. This will benefit you greatly if you ever have to speak to a manager or customer service representative about a problem.
In my opinion, an educated consumer is the best consumer.