Guidelines for hassle-free couponing
- Read the fine print on the coupon. Know exactly what product the coupon is for, the expiration date, whether it can be doubled, if there is a limit to how many you can use at one time, and other details.
- Know the coupon policy for the store where you will shop. I shop most frequently at Wegmans (which is not the store in my above couponing story), and I’ve never looked up their policy. It took me less than a minute to find it online. Now I know.
- If the way you are trying to redeem coupons violates either the fine print on the coupon or the store’s couponing policy, don’t do it. Follow the rules.
- If you’ve followed these guidelines and a cashier says you can’t use a coupon but you’re sure you can, don’t argue with the cashier. Ask to see a manager if you feel you’re in the right. Be polite.
Have you found that the stores you shop at are beginning to get tougher (and more defensive) on customers who use coupons?
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