In the last couple weeks since I’ve started getting into Walgreens shopping again I’ve started to notice an unappealing trend. I usually head to Walgreens on Sunday afternoon. Me and the hubby like to shop together and it usually works out that we don’t have anything going on in the afternoons. Well, in the last couple weeks I’ve gone to find what’s on sale, and the shelf has been cleared. Yes, the ad comes out on Sunday morning, the stores open at 9 am and by 2 in the afternoon, the shelves have been cleared.
Now besides the fine print on the bottoms of coupons and following coupon policies there isn’t set in stone, black and white laws for couponing. But in the couple couponing classes I’ve taught I make sure that those new couponers go away knowing what I call, the Common Courtesy Rules for couponing.
Don’t peel all the peelies.
Peelies, tearpads, hangtags, any of those coupons that you actually find in the store, don’t take them all. Save them for others! My rule of thumb for that situation is to take a few, and if, in a couple days or weeks, there is some left, it’s ok to take more. Just don’t go around peeling off every peelie in the store.
Don’t clear the shelves.
This is my ultimate pet peeve when it comes to coupon shopping. It’s ok to take a few(Or even a dozen if there is a ton on the shelf!) but it’s not ok to clear a shelf and leave nothing for the next person. I read on another coupon deal site once that we should all be for ourselves and get all the good deals we can while we are at the stores. Don’t put that thought in your mind, think about the next person that will be in the store after you, they want a good deal too.
Don’t try something with coupons you know is wrong.
This one isn’t so much common courtesy as it is a black and white rule. Don’t photocopy coupons just because you might get away with it. Don’t try and sneak an expired coupon past a cashier. When the coupon says to only use 4 per transaction, follow that rule. These things may seem little but they add up to the companies and stores that are providing the coupons and if their coupons are being used incorrectly, they aren’t going to let us use them anymore.
I’m no Extreme Couponer. I love getting a good deal and finding a good sale, but I also like to pass that savings along to my friends, neighbors, and fellow shoppers. Let’s practice some common courtesy with couponing and there will be more than enough deals to go around!