Checking Out With Coupons Faster

One of the most frustrating things to me when shopping is to get to the register to check out and end up with a cashier that checks and matches every single coupon I am using. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to use coupons unless they are for items I have in my cart. But when you hand the cashier 20 to 30 coupons (maybe more), it can be extremely time-consuming for them to stop and match every item.

I have learned that it is very helpful to know the cashiers. I realize this isn’t always possible, but when I find a cashier that seems to be more “coupon-friendly,” I make it a point to remember their face so I can try to go back to them the next time.

I also believe in making it as easy for the cashiers as possible. If you have coupons to get an item free, mark the price on the coupon if you can. Or at least make sure they know you have that coupon before they ring that item in so they can write the price on it as they scan it.

I also stack my coupons in a pile with the store coupons first, which often have to be keyed in manually, and the manufacturer coupons after that. Sometimes that is a strategic move – if you have a coupon for money off a certain purchase amount (ex: $5 off of $50), you want them to take that coupon off first. Otherwise, your other coupons might take your total below the minimum purchase amount, and then they might not accept it.

I know some people actually set the coupons right on top of the item they are for. However, I’ve found they often can get misplaced as I’m stacking things on the belt. More likely is that I just don’t have time to sort them like that.

I wanted to share this YouTube video of TheKrazyCouponLady. She was on the Extreme Couponing show on TLC. I absolutely loved that she donated so much of her stockpile. You can view it here.

Freebies
A freebie for parents who need some help for teaching a child to read: Funnix is offering their Downloadable Children’s Reading Program (a $249 value) free during the month of January. You can find it here.

Walgreens has Bic Triumph pens on sale for $1.99 through 1/15/11. Use the $2 off one coupon in Sunday’s Smart Source coupon insert to get them free. Please note that some stores will not ring a coupon through for OVER the amount of the item, so you may want to pick up another small item with it if you don’t have any additional shopping. Other stores may adjust the coupon down to $1.99.

Publix Customer Appreciation Day
I’ve been advised that Publix is having a Customer Appreciation Day on Tuesday, 1/19. They are supposed to be having lots of free samples and coupons to give away. I do not know if it is the same day for all stores, so check with your local store.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals”for 1/13-1/19, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 1/13-1/19, please click here.
*Please note that IHeartPublix.com has changed their format. You can now create your own printable spreadsheet for your shopping list directly from the site! I love that!

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites
http://cvssimply.blogspot.com/
http://www.specials.publix.com
http://www.iheartpublix.com
http://www.iheartwags.com
http://www.iheartcvs.com
http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com
http://www.grocerydeals.gather.com
http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com
http://www.southernsavers.com
http://freefrugality.blogspot.com
http://getadealdude.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County and author of Wow! You Saved How Much? For more information, visit her Web site athttp://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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