Here's an article a reader sent me from DailyFinance.com (Posted 03/03/12)
Retailers Fight Back Against Extreme Couponing Trend
- Do follow the rules of each store by knowing your store's coupon policy. If you have to, bring a copy with you while you shop.
- Don't photocopy coupons off Internet coupon sites such as Coupons.com. They deliberately set limits on the number of copies you can print from each computer for a reason...respect that.
- Don't be a "shelf clearer"... No individual needs 1,000 tubes of toothpaste!! If you do have that many, do something nice and donate them. If a shelf is cleared of a SALE Item, ask for a rain check on the item and many stores will let you buy them later at the sale price.
- Do organize your coupons and have them ready. That way you don't hold up the checkout line. If you plan on multiple transactions (check your store's policy to see if it's allowed), shop during off hours when the store is not going to be busy. If the store is busy then consider letting other people go in front of you. When it boils down to it, it's really just the nice thing to do!
- And, the most important "rule of thumb" and wrapping all this into one is, just be a "Responsible Couponer!!" ... Don't take the saying, "The customer is always right" to the extreme. Be courteous of other shoppers and to the store employees. You will more than likely have a better shopping experience when everyone is respectful and nice... I know, what a concept!!
If you feel a store isn’t "couponer friendly" then don’t support them! Only shop at stores you like and that are friendly and fair to couponers. In the end we are all just trying to save a little money in this economy.