Multiple transactions can really help you save a boatload of money when couponing!
Many couponers split up their orders into multiple transactions for a couple of important reasons. Rewards earned in one transaction can be used in the second transaction to reduce out of pocket cost, for instance, and some stores place limits on the number of coupons that can be doubled in a single transaction.
Doing multiple transactions can be a stressful experience, though, and some couponers avoid them. Instead they may opt to visit a store multiple times during the week or even miss out on extra savings completely.
You don’t have to miss out on savings, though! Here are six tips you can use to lessen the stress!
1. Play by the Rules
While some stores don’t mind customers doing multiple transactions to maximize their savings, others discourage it or make it almost impossible. Carefully read through your store’s coupon policy, which should give you some insight on whether you can do multiple transactions. Generally, stores that only allow a certain number of coupons doubled per day don’t allow multiple transactions, for instance, and you may not be able to take advantage of rewards issued by some stores right away. If you’re still unsure, don’t be afraid to ask a store manager.
2. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is important during a regular couponing trip, but it’s crucial if you’ll be doing multiple transactions. Make sure you take extra time to scrupulously plan and double check each of your multiple transactions.
3. Keep Separate Envelopes
When I plan multiple transactions, I’ve found that the easiest way to keep everything straight is to keep batches of coupons for each transaction in a separate envelope. I also write the list of items and prices for each transaction on the envelopes. When I get to the register, I can just pull out the envelopes and transact away!
4. Organize in the Store
Tossing items into your cart all willy nilly will make doing multiple transactions super stressful. If that’s your usual plan of attack, it’s time to change. Take the time to separate each transaction while you’re shopping. Use the basket of the cart for one, a handheld basket for another, and the child seat of the cart for another, for instance.
5. Warn Cashiers
When you get to the register, let your cashier know ahead of time that you’ll be splitting your items up into multiple transactions. Giving the cashier a heads up is common courtesy, but it also helps minimize costly mistakes.
6. Go to the Back of the Line
The part I hate most about doing multiple transactions is holding up other shoppers. I eliminate the stress of this situation by going to the end of the line, if there are other shoppers in line. This also gives me a chance to double check each of my transactions and coupons, and make sure everything is in order.