Whether you are brand new to couponing or you’ve been at it for years, there will inevitably be times for potential discouragement.
Just this past week 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 planned out and I left very 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:
Know That You’re Not Alone
Difficulties in couponing just come with the job. And yes, couponing is a job. Anyone that uses coupons regularly will face some kind of couponing problem at one time or another. Know that you aren’t the only one and you can always come share and get encouragement in the Surviving The Stores Facebook Group!
Don’t Give Up
It’s tempting. So so incredibly tempting, especially when we have 4 kids in tow and end up crying in the checkout lane because a manager has no clue what their own store coupon policy is (not that I would, um, know from experience or anything). It’s easy to want to throw in the towel. But don’t. Don’t give in to the temptation. Take some time to breathe, and maybe try shopping at a different store for a little while.
Remember The Good Times
Instead of dwelling on the one discouraging trip, think about another shopping trip where you saved 85% or how you don’t have to pay for any of your toiletries anymore… and then smile. 🙂
Think of how the money that you would normally be spending on groceries is going to save for college, or a down-payment for a house, or to get out of debt! Don’t let this one trip make you forget all of the times that you’ve had positive experiences while couponing.
Don’t Be Afraid To Go Up The Chain
If a rude cashier or manager is the reason you are discouraged, 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.
You also might want to read 10 Tips For Surviving The Store Clerks & Cashiers before you head back to the store again. 🙂
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!