Dear Person Standing Behind Me in Line,

I am a couponer. You may have noticed the fat wad of coupons in my hand or the binder next to my purse. If you haven’t, I’m happy to warn you about it. I’m a bit nervous when you get in line behind me because I know your behavior will probably fall into one of these groups:

1.  Anxious, upset and sighing a lot
2.  Polite but still glancing at your watch
3.  Curious to see how much I’ll save and…
4.  Ready to ask me how I did that

Go ahead and ask! Because if I know one thing, it’s that couponers love to share their knowledge and help others save, too. But I also know what it feels like to have eyes boring into your back as you watch your coupons being scanned. So please pick another line as soon as you see my coupons.

To help you out, I, as a couponer, do several things to be organized and quick:

1.  Sort my coupons before I get in line to weed out the ones I’m not using.
2.  Get any mobile coupons opened on my phone so that they can be quickly handed over and scanned.
3.  Hand my coupons in the correct order, knowing that at places like Target cashiers won’t scan any Cartwheel savings until the end of a transaction.
4.  Watch my order to quickly catch mistakes and have them fixed right away.

If I see you coming and you look like you’re in a hurry, I’ll let you know that I may be a bit longer because I have coupons. Often I’ll let you go in front of me. I’m very polite and mindful of others as are my couponing friends. The reasons we coupon are:

1.  To stretch our limited resources—unless you’re Paris Hilton, yours are too.
2.  We love to get a bargain! It’s fun!
3.  It’s a great way to try new products. That’s where many of the high-value coupons are.
4.  Why use money when you don’t have to?

So thank you again for your patience and kindness. I’m not offended in the least if you pick another line or stay and talk with me. Who knows? You may start couponing, too!


A Stay-at-Home Mom and Couponer

This is a guest post by Dawn from Winter Spring, FL.

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