Ok I had to do a quick grocery trip since I havent really gone shopping for the fresh items. I didn’t do to bad I paid just under $80 and save $46 but I got 5 nice toothbrushes for just over a $1 each reg. price $4.99. They were clearanced and I wish I had more coupons.
Ok lets get onto what a cashier and my Staples Better Binder I am reviewing have in common.
It all starts a few months ago when TLC Extreme Couponing started the official first season. Everyone was getting on the band wagon of coupons and because of the show stores started being very particular about all sorts of coupons.
This was when Minute Maid put out a B1G1 Free printable coupon. I print all my coupons off my affiliates so I know they are all valid coupons. Anyway I was told by this particular cashier that she could not accept the coupon because the store had ecently changed their policy and do not accept coupons for free items. I was upset and asked for the updated coupon policy. They werent able to provide it but gave me contact information to call about the change. That was fine I didn’t get my juice and then the cashier said to me, people like you committing coupon fruad is making the store lose money. I was really upset and pondered all the way home that I would not shop at that store again. I even went to lengths to make sure my coupon was legit so I stumbled upon this site so if you ever want to know if your printable coupon is legit you can by using this site. http://www.couponsinc.com/crc/index.asp
Well that was foolish of me because it was only one incident and I really do love that store. My coupon organization is based of the layout of that store. Anyway through all my contacts with the regional office and the store owner I was able to use me coupons get a $5 gift card and continually get apologies from the cashier and the store owner.
That grocery store is still my favorite to shop at!
Ok now lets forward to today July 8th, 2011. I had to go get a few items but I always take my binder of coupons. I am currently reviewing a Staples Better Binder who will be one of the sponsors for the Bargain Network Back To School Giveaway. It is a great binder even though the one I am trying out is only a 1inch I really like it.
When I was at this store today I went to self check out like I normally do so I don’t hold up lines and I can count my items and make sure I have my coupons accounted for. Its more relaxing for me and I dont feel rushed.
Anyway the cashier from a few months ago who accused me of coupon fruad was the self checkout cashier. They were stocking and cleaning since this was pretty earlier and not much costumers in the store at all.
I finished up my items and went to push the coupons button and she was already there to take them. My bill was over $100 and I had planned spending about that much since I hadn’t shopped in awhile. As my coupons came off about $46 came off my total bill. I paid and they commented about how that was a pretty good trip. I said it was considering I didn’t have that many coupons.
They then came over to me and asked about what I have my coupons in. They said they have been watching me shop and was really interested in getting into coupons because her hours have been cut due to medical issues.
I was in a bit of a hurry but if you ever stop me to ask about coupons or a deal I will surely take my time and help out. So there I was opening my Moms Saving Money Krazy Qupon Purse cover with my Stapels Better Binder telling them who made the cover and telling them the type of binder I was using because I was reviewing it. I showed them that my binder is set up for the store layout starting with produce and ending with medications. They were so impressed that they called over a couple more cashiers and said they really needed to organized like this and asked if I would be willing to hold a coupon class for them. So I invited them to my coupon class on July 16th. If you’d like more information on the coupon class click HERE
So there you have it the cashier who accused me of coupon fraud a few months ago was now asking me to do a coupon class.
I hope this inspire you to continue to keep couponing and still shop at the stores you like even if you have a bad experience once in awhile.