Just this past week (my inspiration for writing this Survival Tip) my husband volunteered to watch the kids while I went shopping one evening. Since I didn’t have the kids, I was able to spend some extra time organizing all of the products into different transactions and separating all of my coupons so that the check out process would go smoothly. Well, it didn’t go smoothly like I had hoped and I left discouraged. After over an hour in the checkout lane, who wouldn’t? (Note: I had done this same deal before and it worked smoothly each time.)
So whether it’s a rude cashier, a mistake on our part, or a catalina (coupon that prints out in the check out lane) that doesn’t print out, here are a few tips to help you through:
1) Know that you’re not alone. Anyone that “coupons” with regularity will face some kind of a problem at one time or another. It just comes with the job.
2) Don’t give up! It’s tempting, I know! Of course, don’t give up couponing, but don’t give up on a particular store either. You could miss out on some really incredible deals in the future.
3) Remember the good times! Instead of dwelling on this one trip, think about another shopping trip where you saved 85% or how you don’t pay money for makeup anymore…. and smile!
4) If the problem was a rude cashier/manager, think to yourself, “If I owned this company, would I want to know that a customer was treated this way?” If you answer yes, then I would recommend calling corporate customer service and letting them know. If you do decide to call corporate, remember that the representative who answers the phone wasn’t the person who treated you badly.
Have you ever been discouraged by a couponing experience? Do you have any tips for how to deal with the discouragement? Please leave a comment below and share them!