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In today’s Learning How to Coupon Series we are looking at something that most couponing series don’t cover, what to do when you are ready to check out.  You would think that this would be the easiest part and in a perfect world it would be but anyone that has spent any time couponing can tell you horror stories of cashiers that don’t know what to do with coupons.

New Year’s Resolution: Learn How to Use Coupons

What to do When Checking Out at the Register with Coupons/Price Matches

Smile!

You would be shocked at how far a smile will take you at the register.  It starts the transaction off on the right note and gets the cashier on your side.  It is the easiest thing you can do to make sure your couponing trip ends well.

Look for Experienced Friendly Cashiers

I shop for cashiers with the same care I shop for groceries.  I have been going to my store long enough to know which cashiers know what they are doing and which ones don’t.  The last thing you want is to get in the line of the cashier that thinks they are on CSI: Coupons and wants to examine every word of every coupon.  In the immortal words of Sweet Brown, ain’t nobody got time for that!

Look for a Few Price Matchers in Line

I also try to get in a line with a few people in it because I like to organize my products on the conveyor belt before I check out to make things easier on the cashier.  To see exactly how to do that, watch the video above.  I also want to be the line that has other couponers/price matchers in it.  Something about not being the first one makes things go easier.  At the stores I shop at, all the Hispanic women shop on Wed and Thursday with the new ads and totally forget how to speak in English when they get to the register.  By the time they get to me, the poor cashier is so beaten down that they aren’t interested in spending the energy necessary to look all my price matches up in their own ads and will just type in the prices I say.

Watch Your Reputation

If you follow the steps above, are courteous to the Walmart Associates and work hard to make your transactions go as smoothly as possible, the associates will begin to trust that you know what you are doing.  As more trust is built, the easier things go for you.  There was a story earlier this year of a man who tried to bully Walmart Associates to take his coupons and expired price matched and he ended up being banned from every Walmart in the country.  That is not what you want.

Any Questions?  Contact me and let me help you!  Click here for Part 5.

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