How does that cliche go? Into every life a little rain must fall. Likewise, into every couponer’s life, a few problems occasionally drop.

Be ready for things to go wrong and prepare a plan in advance to iron out any little wrinkles.

Stores may be out of products.

  • Be prepared to rework transactions.
  • Determine how to meet coupon requirements and rework deals before heading to the register.


Cashiers may not follow the store’s coupon policy.

  • Carry a copy of the policy to every store.
  • Know the coupon policy.
  • Remind the cashier of the policy, but be polite.
  • Ask for the manager as a last resort.

A Catalina/reward may not print.

  • Make sure you’ve met the requirements to get the reward/Catalina.
  • Ask the store manager to provide the printout.
  • If that doesn’t work, call customer service.

Other shoppers may be hostile or impatient.

  • Try to shop during off-peak hours.
  • Let shoppers with smaller orders go first.
  • Plan out transaction ahead of time and organize coupons accordingly.
  • Minimize the number of transactions.
  • When shopping at a drugstore, ask a team member to check you out at the cosmetics or photo counter to avoid holding up a line. If other shoppers get in line, nicely inform them you might take a bit to check out. “Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey!”
Extreme Couponing Tip: Be Prepared When Things Go Wrong