Extreme Couponing Tip: Dispel the "Extreme Couponer" Stigma by Being Kind
Ever get someone that spots your binder and says, "Oh, you're one of those coupon people?" Are you tired of the funny looks and "hoarder" comments? A bit of kindness can help dispel the misunderstanding!
First off, remember that you cannot control what people think about couponing, stockpiling, or having a binder. But we can each individually help turn the tide to show that krazy couponers are considerate men and women who love a good deal and work hard to save money.
- Showing courtesy to cashiers and store employees is a great way to forge a good bond between couponers and the store. Smile, ask them how their day is going, and always thank them for their help. Employees are more likely to go out of their way to help you when you are friendly and show them respect.
- Staying cool under pressure is key. When you run into a problem with your cashier or a manager, kindly explain how you know the policy to be and show them the policy printout. Never lose your temper or demand things go your way–you'll lose the high ground. If things don't work out, simply walk out. If your store is not following a policy or you have a concern, call corporate when you're calm and collected.
- If another shopper says something demeaning regarding your couponing, let them know that you are just a normal (mom, college student, dad, etc.) trying to save money for your family/education. Ignorance is often the greatest divide, so explain things like special ordering, being informed, donating, and building your stockpile slowly.
What are you doing to help dispel the “extreme couponer” stigma? We want to know! 🙂