I am so mad! A couple of Sundays ago I hit my local Walgreens really early on a Sunday morning. I was hoping to load up on some of the free after register rewards items available and do you know what happened? Nothing! that’s what happened! the shelves were completely empty. I was so upset! I had 40 of these coupons I was hoping to use that morning and instead I walked away empty handed. That’s not all of it either. I found a tearpad of coupons at my grocery store and was hoping to get a good wad of them for me to use later. Instead I had to content myself with the last three coupons available.
I am just tired of all of these “coupon newbies” who keep clearing MY stores. How am I supposed to build my Empire State Building Replica ut of body wash bottles? You should see these newbies at the stores, trying to figure out the deals. I don’t even bother helping them or telling them about this awesome couponing ebook I came across because I don’t want to encourage them. I want them to stop so I can go back to being the only one getting the awesome deals at my store.
Does this rant sound familiar to you? Maybe you have come across it on another blog, or forum. Let me tell you something NOT tongue in cheek like the fake rant above. It makes me SAD. It makes me sad to think that there are people out there who think learning how to save money by using coupons needs to remain a secret, a sort of “secret” society. One where only the “savvy” ones get to partake on the secret loot.
Yes, it is true that the show Extreme Couponing has brought a lot of attention on the subject. It is also true that it has brought out the worst on some people. But complaining about the inconvenience this causes you is not the answer. Be Proactive and do something about it! If you have been the victim of someone who has poor shopping etiquette, take the time to talk to the store manager. Explain how ultimately store sales suffer when one person hoards all of the deals and the vast majority finds empty shelves. Suggest they keep a better stock or even suggest they consider implementing store limits. If your store has changed their coupon policy because of an increase in coupon fraud, help them along. Help them keep track of fraudulent coupons better by suggesting they visit the Coupon Information Center online and see the list of coupon fraud alerts.
These are just a couple of things YOU can do to lessen the impact of the increased interest in couponing. I want to hear what else YOU are doing about this too.