Becoming an expert at making multiple transactions can require a lot of practice, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier on you now. The most important thing? Preparation.
1. Make a shopping list for each store you plan to visit.
Some type of list is required to successfully complete multiple transactions. Either use your sales paper to circle your items, or write out a list. I make a shopping list for each store I plan to visit then attach my coupons. If I find an unexpected deal online, I take a picture of the written deal with my smartphone so I can reference it when I get to the store.
2. Organize your cart according to transaction and coupons/rewards being used.
I place all the items I plan on buying in a transaction in one corner of my shopping cart, and another transaction’s items in a different corner. I’ll also tuck any coupons and rewards I want to use under the corresponding products. This saves time when I get to checkout, and I'm not scrambling to make sure I used the right rewards and coupons.
3. Let the cashier know that you have more than one transaction.
The first thing you should do when you get to checkout is let your cashier know that you have multiple transactions. If you’re patient and explain what you’re doing, he or she may be extra careful to ensure your transactions ring up correctly.
Bonus tip: If you need to, ask your cashier at Rite Aid to print out a receipt before processing payment. You can check prices and discounts easily this way.
Related: 5 Ways to Print Coupons Like a Pro
4. Place items on the counter one transaction at a time.
The checkout counter isn’t very big at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Instead of piling everything that’s in your cart onto the counter at one time, wait until you’ve fully completed one transaction before bringing out items for the next one. By doing this, you’re helping the cashier (and yourself) avoid mistakes.
5. Limit the number of items you have in each transaction.
Sometimes I make two trips to Walgreens in a single week because two trips is easier than doing six separate transactions in one visit—especially when it’s busy. To make things easier, I try to limit the items in each transaction to five products or less. Most times (as long as I'm well organized), this can get me in and out of the store in 10 minutes.
6. Get rid of distractions.
Don't answer your cell phone at the register, and if an item rings up incorrectly, decide whether it’s worth troubleshooting or not. Cashiers want to get through transactions as quickly as possible and may get frustrated if you’re not paying attention at the register.
7. Manage your rewards correctly
Register Rewards at Walgreens can't be rolled on the same type of item you received the reward for, +UP rewards at Rite Aid can't be used until the next day, and CVS rewards can be turned around instantly. Knowing the rules of a store’s rewards program can help you avoid making multiple transactions a disaster!