Here at TheKrazyCouponLady.com, we talk a lot about empowering women and strutting confidently down store aisles.  Sometimes we get discouraged when we hear a lot of complaining from other coupon ladies, whom we adore!  We care about all your opinions and we want you to be able to share openly with your fellow shoppers, but we wanted to take a moment to share our opinion regarding many of the common complaints we get including, “My store is always out of stock” or “Other coupon ladies are abusing the system and ruining it for me”.

These are true facts:  stores do run out of stock and some ladies are abusing the system & overbuying, but these are not things that we can control.  Here’s our personal opinion on the matter– focus on what you CAN control.

Don’t Be Part of the Problem.

Don’t special order twenty coupons and then clear a shelf of a product.  Learn about special ordering.  Take the initiative to speak with your local store management about the option of ordering product in specifically for you.  Don’t take twenty coupon books, don’t unload the blinkie machine or pocket the tearpad of coupons.  Duh, right?

Don’t Be a Victim.

Don’t waltz into the store on the 6th day of the sale and then cry a river when the shelf is empty of the sale priced items.  In fact, even if it’s the first day of the sale and there is an empty shelf- take matters into your own hands. Find the next store and see if they have any stock. Consider calling ahead to the store to ask them about their stock, before you spend your day driving around.

Make it Work!

I know many of us live in an area with lots of coupon ladies, making it sometimes difficult to find items in stock in SOME STORE LOCATIONS.
I know many of us are working moms without the luxury of kid-free shopping time.
I know money is tight for many of us and we can sometimes get desperate to get all the deals because we need them so badly.

We’re not alone in our situations.

When you see a coupon lady buying a cartload of all the last groceries in the store, or when you feel, for whatever reason, someone is doing something in the coupon world that is adversely affecting, you have two choices.

  1. Get angry.  Complain, feel discouraged.  Maybe even quit trying.  You could even give her a dirty look and judge her from afar.
  2. Get over it and Make it Work!!
  • Even if it’s hard, shop sooner, the first day of the sale.
  • If you live in a hub of coupon activity, drive to a less popular store.  Find your niche!
  • Special Order, Special Order, Special Order!!!!!!!  If you’re buying in large quantity, ALWAYS special order.
  • Be in command of your situation!  Talk to your local store manager nicely!  Express your concern and ask if he or she has and suggestions or options for you!
  • Help others around you learn to coupon shop the right way.  Teach your friends about special ordering.
  • Remember that it’s NOT the last sale of the Century!  Cereal WILL be under $0.50 a box again, and soon!  Don’t worry about your year supply all in one shopping trip!
  • Expand your repertoire of stores.  Think outside the obvious box.

Becoming a Krazy Coupon Lady is all about climbing into the driver’s seat in life!  And being a Krazy Coupon Lady is about supporting and uplifting your friends, neighbors and fellow shoppers!  Heather and I have both stared down empty shelves more times than we could ever count!   I don’t even think twice when I see an empty shelf!  I say, darn it, my bad, and that’s it!

Stores don’t want to run out of products!  They make money when they sell products, so help your stores know what to order in!  Call your local store manager and set a time to talk with him or her!  Share your frustrations and discuss what you can do to solve the problem.  Ask about special ordering, help your manager know what’s going to sell out before it does!  Be part of the solution!

Please know that we love to hear from you and we’re only sharing our opinion on this because we hope it can help some of our readers think of ways to have more success while couponing.  We know that these bumps in the road can be REALLY discouraging and we hope you’ll stick with it and have lots of success!  But please, do not spend your time obsessing about the actions of others!  Instead focus on what you can control and MAKE IT WORK!  If you are worried about the way cashiers are being treated go out of your way to be polite. If you are worried about a shelf being cleared & special ordering isn’t an option, go early and go often to get what your family needs.

You are welcome to leave a comment, but please be respectful and encouraging. We’d love to hear what you are doing to Make It Work.  Please remember that we are a community of women who all share a common Krazy Goal… Let’s be uplifting and respectful to each other.
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