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Choosing a Cashier
In order to maximize my coupons I have begun to analyze my checkout options before hopping in a checkout line. The last and final hurdle standing in your way to getting your grocery items for the very best price is the cashier. If they are having a bad day or don’t want to be bothered with my stack of coupons they are not very likely to be so great for your savings.
There are a few quick things I look for before picking my line and yes, some of them are stereotypes.
- Young teenage cashiers are the best; they rarely care or are focused on anything.
- Look for a smile if you can make eye contact from afar. Not even a hint of a smile? Move on.
- Male cashiers (they seem to have a sense of respect that you are trying to help your family).
- Middle aged females are the least likely to have patience with my coupons (or my kids for that matter); they seem to be the ones that are really not happy in general.
- The ultimate best choice is always the self checkout if you can do it!
If you shop the same stores and get a great cashier try to always get back in their line. After a few trips they will definitely remember you and tend to trust you more each time. We have one cashier at Bi-Lo that I love. She remembers us and gets as excited as I am when I save more than I spend.
Remember it is worth waiting in a larger line to get the person that will let you use ALL of your coupons. You took the time to try to save, so what’s a few more minutes? Lastly, do not take out your frustrations on the cashier if they do not allow you to use a coupon. They have nothing against you or your coupons, they are only concerned about getting in trouble later. Give them a break and take issues to the manager.
Note: This is all written from the concept that you are using valid coupons and not breaking any rules. A couponer doesn’t need to be guilty of something just because you are trying to save money…
Are there things that you look for in a cashier? Things you avoid?