If you would like me to answer one of your questions then email me at LittlePeopleWealth (at) Gmail (dot) Com or leave a comment on this post! I will be answering reader’s questions every Friday and Saturday. You can learn how to save a lot of money with coupons, but there are downsides to it. This question comes from Dina. Dina asked:
Hi, I recently started reading your blog and very much enjoy it. I have a question about coupons – I am a new “couponista” and have only been shopping this way for three months or so. I am amazed by how much money can be saved by watching the sales, stockpiling, and getting free after coupon items! One thing that’s really bugging me is some cashiers’ attitude – they look at my coupons with disgust and at me as if I am a stealing scum! And I do not buy large quantities, most of my coupons are clipped from the paper, and never dupicate printed Q’s. How do you deal with people like that? I guess I need to grow thicker skin 😉
Here are four tips to help with this problem!
Give a big smile and say Hi/Good Morning/Good Evening to the cashier first thing. It makes it harder for them to be rude to you if you start out that way – I think it makes them feel bad since you become a “person” when you talk to them vs. just another customer taking up their time.
Play the stereotypes 🙂 If you have a choice of cashiers then look for a male. For whatever reason, I have never had a male get upset over coupons. They are either indifferent (the young ones) or think it is pretty cool (the older and middle age ones). One of my favorite days was when an older male cashier called my husband over to the register “just to show him how good I did”, LOL.
Pull out your coupons and payment and keep them in your hand (rather than keeping them in your purse). You should always have your coupons/payment ready because it will speed up the checkout – but if you have them in your hand (instead of in your purse) then it warns the people behind you so they can change aisles if they are too impatient to wait the extra couple of minutes. If the people behind you are impatient then it makes the cashier worse.
I have heard of people giving some of their freebies or coupons to get the freebies to their favorite cashiers. I don’t usually see the same cashier very often so I haven’t tried this one, but if you use the same person over and over then this could work for you!