The first thing, is to get organized before you leave. I do this by making a list of the items I want AND the quantity. I write this list on the outside of an envelope. Then, I take all the coupons I am going to use and staple the identical ones together and put them all together in the envelope.
Once I am ready to checkout I take a mental inventory of the available checkers. (THIS IS IMPORTANT, Don’t laugh at me!) I’m a profiler. I look at the checker and decide if they are going to be good.
Second choice: Young to Middle-aged Women… (but not too old!) Like late 20’s early 30’s.
I have had bad experiences with Women in their early 20’s, and Older Women. The young ones cop attitude and the old ones get really confused. (just my experience… and this is totally generalizing!)
Once you become a regular at a store, you will know who to go to… and they will probably know you by name! ALSO, choose wisely what time of the day you go. I have found that early in the morning or afternoon, or late at night is best for me. You and your checker will be less stressed out if there is not a line behind you.
The way you give your checkers the coupons will also make or break you. I always ask my checker if they want all the coupons at the end, or as we go. It varies on the store and checker.
If they want them all at the end, I usually don’t hand them the whole stack. I will give them one set, tell them what it is for and how many I have (this helps, because the less reading and counting they have to do, the happier they are).
Also, if you are using a store coupon and a manufacture coupon, I give them the manufacture first. Then the store ones. For some reason this makes the process smoother….
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for a member of management to come clarify something for you. Often, you know more about the store coupon policy then the checkers, so don’t be afraid to nicely ask for a manager to explain something to you (or them). Many times, I have had them call over a manager, and it ends with the checker saying “Huh, I never knew that!”
OH, and I have said this before but it’s worth repeating... PRINT THE STORE COUPON POLICY AND KEEP IT WITH YOU. This has saved me so many times. I have it on the outside of my binder and if I need to, I will reference it at the check out. I always think I should make copies to give to the checkers because clearly some of them have never read it!!