One of the problems many couponers have is when they end up with $175 in groceries for -$3.00. People think that we are scammers, gypsies, tramps and thieves. Believe me, I have deleted more comments than you can imagine from people calling me every name in the book (note: we may have free speech in this country, but this is the United Sites of Mindi and I don't let comments calling me a beyotch or worse names stay up)
So this seems like a good time to have an open and honest discussion about using coupons. I am going to lay out a few scenarios and please let me know your feelings on them. If I miss any scenarios, let me know in the comments and we can revisit that in a Part 2 (if necessary). Please try to confine your arguments/thoughts/debate on the posted scenarios!
Please be respectful of each other. Different opinions are what made this country great!
You are at a store and see a peelie or a hangtag or a tearpad or a blinkie for a product that isn't on sale. Do you take it and save it for another week when the product will be on sale? How many do you take?
A certan local store occasionally had Triple Coupons. Although their stated policy is that they will not give overages, the store is notorious for not updating their registers for the first few days of the sale, which means that if you get in early you will get overages. Do you rush in to take advantage of the overages before the programmers at corporate catch up to the glitch? Do you point out to the cashier the potential overages so that she can adjust and give you your items for free without overage? Do you say nothing and use the overages towards the rest of your groceries?
You have Internet Printable coupons that say “Do Not Double” on the top of them, but the bar code on the coupon starts with a “5” (which means that when scanned, they will double). Do you go to the self-checkout in the hopes that nobody will catch it and that your coupons will double?
There is a Catalina deal going on at a store and you hear that it is working on “shelf prices”, not on “sale prices”. Do you calculate your deals based on shelf prices (which is usually a programming glitch with the registers) or on sale prices as the deal is meant to be done?
What do you do? (and remember, please be respectful of differing opinions. I am going to assume that my readers are not looking to purposely defraud companies, but there can be a certain amount of “grey area” in couponing)