Thursday, May 28, 2015

What do some cashiers have against couponers? My CVS experience that began this rant...

Last night, I went to my favorite Drug Store for couponing (CVS) to use some coupons, spend some ECB's, and mostly because we were down to 2 diapers and I couldn't put it off any longer.

I was excited to get some great deals. I had my CVS phone app loaded with some offers, my printable coupons clipped and ready, a 20% CVS coupon that had come in the mail, and $5 ECB's to use.

I quickly went through the store, grabbing a toothbrush ($2 off coupon from the CVS app= FREE), some of the new CVS Abound Popcorn bags (had six $1 off coupons, so 6 small bags for free), and two big boxes of Huggies Diapers. I also picked up a 2 liter of A&W (only $0.69 after coupon printing from the magic coupon machine) and two small Nivea Creme's that I had a rain check for (buy 2, get $5 ECB's. This would have been a moneymaker, since the cremes were only $1 something each).

I headed to checkout and was rung up by the manager.

Now, readers, level with me here and tell me that I'm not alone in this.... You all can tell which cashiers are coupon friendly and which aren't just by looking at them, right?

The non friendly cashier looks annoyed with his/her job, appears to be in a hurry, and is not very personable or talkative.

I admit it = I profile my cashiers. I avoid the non coupon friendly cashiers like I avoid stepping in dog poo, or like I avoid bees, or cleaning the bathrooms, or any other unpleasant experience.

Because, honestly, non coupon friendly cashiers take the joy right out of couponing. I'm sure these cashiers are lovely people, but for some reason, they dislike coupons. And those who use them.

So, back to last night. I smiled and asked my cashier how her day was going. She gave a smile smirk and said fine. I took my bags and handed over my raincheck for the Nivea first. She immediately told me it wasn't valid on the Cremes I was buying (although I've done this same deal in the past). I politely answered that I believed it was valid and that the reason they were all out of the cremes when the deal was going on (hence my need for a raincheck) was because it was valid and people were buying them. My logic didn't compute with her, so I decided not to press the issue.

Next I handed her my coupons and she began to ring them up. Here's the part of the transaction where the serious couponer tunes everything else out and zeroes in on the coupon scanner and the screen where your total should be going lower and lower. I watched my coupons go through and my total go down and down.

When she got to the CVS Abound Snack coupons, 3 of them wouldn't go through. She told me the coupons were duplicates and they couldn't be used. I sweetly explained to her that they weren't "duplicates" (a duplicate is if you xerox a coupon, which is a big no-no) but that you can print each coupon twice per computer. I had two $2/2 coupons and two $1/1 coupons, so I bought 6 bags. I asked her if I could ring them up separately afterwards to show her that they could go through, just not in the same transaction. (CVS coupons will sometimes do this; you may only be able to use 1 per transaction). She didn't say anything, but sat the popcorn snacks on the ground while she totaled me out and I paid. Then she huffily rang up my other 3 popcorn bags, scanned my coupons (which went through just fine, thank you) and finished my transaction.

I went home very happy with my total ($19 for over $47 in product) but partially dissatisfied with my service. I ate a half a bag of this yummy popcorn while I mulled it over.

I guess I just don't get it. Why do some cashiers have against coupons and couponers? Did the manager last night feel such a loyalty to her company that she felt I was somehow scamming CVS by using coupons (which, by the way, they get reimbursed for by the manufacturer... unless it's a store coupon, which CVS issues to get shoppers in their doors in the hopes that they'll buy things-- that's what a store exists to do, right? Sell people things? CVS doesn't HAVE to put out coupons, and ECB's, and a fancy new app-- they do it because IT MAKES THEM MONEY.)

Did I waste her time? She had her personal cell phone in her hand the entire time she rang me up. I guess I slowed her down from getting back to her Facebook feed or something (on company time!?!?). There was not a soul behind me, so I wasn't holding up the line. And even if there were a few people waiting, does that mean I can't use coupons because it takes an extra minute?

I've never worked in retail or as a cashier (unless you count when I worked at a small deli counter in the business college at WMU, but no coupons were accepted there....), but I think if I did, I'd be encouraging couponers who shopped at my store! "WOW! Look at that! You saved $20 with those coupons! Way to go!" (picture: high-five to customer). In fact, I'd probably be bringing in my extra coupons and matching them to the items that customers were shopping for! "Hold on one second, I have a coupon you can have for that Colgate Toothpaste!" (picture: scrounge through coupon folder for Colgate coupon).

I know ITGSOF (in the grand scheme of things), this isn't really that important. Really, it's not. But when I take the time to match the deals to the coupons, clip the coupons, get 1/2 hour by myself to shop without the kiddos, get everything on my list that I was looking for, only to have a grumpy non coupon friendly cashier make me feel like I'm committing high way robbery, like I'm taking the money that's been deducted by my coupons straight out of her paycheck, it really saddens me.

I try to always be friendly to cashiers. I don't argue with them or throw a tantrum when they won't accept my coupons. I truly don't want to give couponers a bad rap. I don't clear the shelves or do multiple transactions. I just wish cashiers would understand how coupons work and realize that if they really cared about their company, they'd be friendly too. There are certain stores that I will no longer shop at, period, because they are so non coupon friendly.

Thus here ends my rant. I hope you understand where I'm coming from.... but then again, I don't. I hope that your cashiers are coupon friendly, always ring you up with a smile, encourage your savvy spending and coupon-ese, and that you look forward to great shopping experiences at your local stores (that sounds like a strange wedding toast).

If you want to read more about how coupons work (or if you can't fall asleep at night), GO HERE for this fascinating look into coupons!!


Amazon: Disney Frozen Royal Color Change Anna Doll only $6.97!

Amazon has this Disney Frozen Royal Color Change Anna Doll on sale for only $6.97 (reg $21)! Plus this will ship for free with Prime or with a $35 order!

Hurry, prices on Amazon can change at anytime!

Create magical moments of transformation with color-change Anna doll
Fill the included "perfume bottle" with icy cold water
Spray to color-change each doll's crown and dress
Choose from Anna or Elsa - each wearing iconic fashions inspired by the movie (sold separately)
Warm water changes the color back, so the fun never ends


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kroger: Free Digital Coupon for GrainBerry Pasta 12 oz (clip now, use by 7/4)

You can clip a Kroger digital coupon for FREE Grain Berry Pasta !

Coupon is valid through 7/4, so plenty of time to use it, but I'd clip the coupon now before it's gone!

To pull it up quickly, sort by "value" and it should be on the first page.


New coupons: Charmin, Herbal Essences Body Wash, plus new Ibotta rebates!

$0.75 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong 

$2.00 off any one (1) box of Numi Indulgent Tea 

Earn $0.20 when you purchase One Gallon White Milk - Any Brand 

Earn $0.20 when you purchase Bananas - Any Brand 


$5.00 off with the purchase of Sons of Liberty dvd
$0.50 off ONE Charmin Basic
$0.75 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
$1.00 off one (1) SPOT SHOT Instant Stain Remover
$0.25 off ONE Charmin Freshmates
$0.75 off ONE Herbal Essences Body Wash


Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 6/1/2015.Save 20%.


$2.00 off any one (1) box of Numi Indulgent Tea
$2.00 off any one (1) box of Numi Pu-Erh Tea
$2.00 off any one (1) box of Numi Turmeric Tea


Earn $15.00 when you purchase Spend $75 on
Earn $0.20 when you purchase One Gallon White Milk - Any Brand
Earn $0.20 when you purchase Bananas - Any Brand
Earn $0.20 when you purchase Green Bell Peppers - Any Brand
Earn $0.20 when you purchase Frozen Vegetables - Any Brand
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Blast Motion® Products
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Spend $30 on
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Spend $30 at Charlotte Russe


Toys R Us: All Sizzlin Cool Beach Towels just $5 -in stores only!

ToysRUs has ALL Sizzlin Cool Beach Towels on sale for $5 – regularly $10. 

These 100% cotton towels measure 30 x 60 inches and are available in several different styles. 

In stores only; check your local ad for more information.

(Thanks, Free Stuff Finder!)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meijer: Free Little Kids Fubbles Bubble wand with new mPerks coupon! (through 5/30)

Log into your Mperks account to clip a coupon for a FREE Little Kids Fubbles Bubble Wand 4oz!
Just go to the "coupons tab", then select the category “Sporting Goods” and then clip the coupon!

If you still don't see it, browse all the coupons and sort by "newest" and it should be in the top few coupons.

Valid through Thursday, May 28th    extended through 5/30, or while supplies last.


Sears: West Bend Air Crazy Hot Air Corn Popper only $2.50 with in store pickup!

Sears has this West Bend Air Crazy Hot Air Corn Popper only $2.50 (reg $22.99)! Choose in store pickup if it's available near you to avoid shipping charges.


Recyclebank: Earn 50 new free points!

How much does metal matter when it comes to recycling? Find out and earn 25 Recyclebank points.

Browse the bulk bins for party snacks that'll keep guests happy while reducing packaging waste. Get some ideas and earn 25 Recyclebank points!

New coupons: Purex, Huggies, Coca-Cola, and more!

New coupons! Print your favorites now!

$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers 

$1.00 off two Purex Liquid Detergent or UltraPacks 

Save $1.00 when you buy (3) 12oz. 12-packs of any Coca-Cola product 


$2.00 off 1 Armor All Car Care Gift Pack
$2.00 off (1) HUGGIES Wipes 300 ct. or larger
$2.00 off any 1 PULL-UPS Pant or GOODNITES product
$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers
$1.00 off Kellogg's To Go™ or Special K™ Shakes
$0.55 off Any Nature's Harvest Variety
$0.50 off 1 Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal
$2.00 off 2 Special K Protein Meal Bars or Shakes
$1.00 off TWO Kellogg's Special K Hot Cereal
$10.00 off (1) Nicorette or NicoDerm products
$5.00 off with the purchase of Sons of Liberty dvd
$0.50 off ONE Charmin Basic
$0.75 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
$1.00 off one (1) SPOT SHOT Instant Stain Remover
$1.00 off two Purex Liquid Detergent or UltraPacks
$0.25 off ONE Charmin Freshmates
$1.50 off (1) Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Item
$1.00 off ONE Crest Pro-Health Advanced Toothpaste


Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 6/1/2015.Save 20%.


Save $1.00 when you buy (3) 12oz. 12-packs of any Coca-Cola product

Amazon: Little Tikes Pink Shopping Cart for just $19.54 (reg $35)

Amazon has this Little Tikes Shopping Cart in Pink for just $19.54 (regularly $34.99) with free shipping with Prime or on a $35 order!

This gets great reviews too! Would make a great gift for any little girl! Hurry- prices can change at anytime on Amazon!

Sturdy walls keep small items in
Deep basket
A favorite toy can ride in the fold-down seat
Storage underneath basket provide plenty of space for a child's favorite things
Accessories not included; Made in USA


Sonic: 50 cent Corn Dogs all day, today 5/26!

In celebration of National End of School Day, Sonic will be offering 50¢ Corn Dogs all day on 5/26!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Schoola: 50% off code and free shipping over $25, Plus $10 credit when you create a custom collection, Plus $15 credit for new members= FREE CLOTHES!!

UPDATE: Use code HALFDAY free shipping and 1/2 off your order!

Schoola, a site that sells gently used kids and adult clothes, if still offering a $15 credit for new members who SIGN UP HERE!

Once you sign up (or if you're an existing member) you can create a Custom Collection (it takes less than 60 seconds) and get another $10 credit!!

Plus, these credits can be used together, meaning you can get $25 worth of clothing for FREE (just pay shipping, which is about $6-7)!

I've ordered from Schoola about 4-5 times now and I've received some really cute clothes for my kids. They sell great name brands like Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Carters, Osh Kosh, Forever 21 and more!

Try it out! Hurry and join while these free credits are available!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

B1G1 free Lego Land ticket when you purchase any Lego product

You can get a B1G1 Free Lego Land Ticket! 

Just visit the LEGO Store and purchase ANY LEGO product. You will receive a voucher added to your cart for a FREE Ticket when you purchase a Full-priced ticket to LEGOLAND Resorts or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. 

Offer is valid both in-store and online. 

(thanks, Hip2save)


Free 1 year subscription to ESPN Magazine!

You can take a survey to receive a FREE 1-year subscription to ESPN magazine!

Allow 8-10 weeks for your first issue to arrive.

(Thanks, Free Stuff Times!)

Pampers Gifts to Grow: new 15 points in codes!

You can enter code the following codes for more free points:

FBA789CNWLLLL15 10 points
TWITCEL789CNQ15 5 points!

CMTY3819FRM2015 - 20 points!

Read these articles for 10 points each. Just read it and then click "I've Read It".

Labor Support and the Role of Doulas 

New members start off with 100 free points!! You don't have to have a child in diapers to participate either! Pampers sends out lots of FREE codes, so you can still participate and accumulate points for rewards! 

Also, you can now earn some points for reading articles! Just click the links below, log in, read the article, then click “I’ve read it” to get 10 points for each article!

Becoming fit for motherhood (new!)
How to keep your baby walking safe on stairs
Pregnancy diet tips
Travel During Pregnancy
Your Baby’s First Plane Trip


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