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Extreme Couponing Tip: What to Do When a Line Forms Behind You

It’s no secret that we Krazy Couponers average longer at checkout than fellow customers. Inevitably, lines will start to form behind us, sometimes with impatient and irritated shoppers. So what’s a Krazy Couponer to do? Read below for tips!

Keep it Organized: When you’re prepared for checkout, things go faster and more smoothly. Have your coupons set aside and your shopping list in hand. Also, check that prices ring up correctly and that all your coupons get scanned.

Time of Day: Going shopping at optimal times means less stress and, therefore, fewer mistakes and shorter lines. This may be early morning, late at night, or off days (usually the middle of the ad week). Try to avoid Saturday afternoons, Sundays (after churches get out), the day before holidays/events, or right after rush hour.

Multiple Transaction Courtesy: If you’ll be doing several transactions and there are other customers, put one transaction on the conveyor belt at a time. When you’re finished paying, get back in line to do your subsequent transactions.

“Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey!” If you know you’ll be a while, turn around and warn those who come behind you. I usually say something along the lines of “Just a head’s up – I might take a long time, so another line might be faster.” Often, customers thank you for the warning and switch over. Others may tell you they’re in no hurry but soon find out that you’re serious. And then they go in search of another line. 🙂

One Line Dilemma: When only one cashier has an open line and no self checkout, the above isn’t really an option. Make the best of the situation by alerting those following you and, if you can, offer a few spare coupons for items they have in their cart. When you’ve finished, thank the cashier and customers for their patience.