Posted on | March 17, 2009 | 10 Comments
I know, couponer isn’t a real word. I just don’t understand why people get mad or annoyed when other people use coupons. Especially when it doesn’t affect them. I’m not talking about holding up lines or arguing with the manager, I know these things do happen (usually by no fault of the coupon user) and it can be frustrating and embarrassing to people on line. I’m just talking about using coupons, legally when buying items.
Today I should have had a great CVS shopping trip. When the trouble started I should have taken my coupons and just walked away and gone to my new CVS tomorrow as planned, but I didn’t want to cause a scene (although there was no one else there during my whole checkout). I’m getting tired of confrontation and I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing about it.
I had a coupon for $3.00 off ANY 2 Johnson & Johnson first aid products. NO EXCLUSIONS. I got them from a blinkie a while back. As I was walking through the isle I saw these first aid kits for $0.99 each.
Since I had two coupons I planned on buying four with a $2.04 overage. That’s why I grabbed the razor, as a filler. It was $6.99 with $3.00 back in EBs. I had a $2.00 off coupon (which would have made it $1.99). After tax my out of pocket for the whole transaction would have been a few pennies.
The lady at the register was a real trip (this is not a CVS I usually go to). She was very nice, but took it personally that I was going to get free items. She would not allow me to use the valid Johnson & Johnson coupons, even though they scanned through correctly. She said I could get three for free and tried to keep my other coupon without giving me the credit for it. I said fine I’d get the 3 free, took back my other coupon and told her I didn’t want the fourth kit.
This seemed to annoy her too. In her eyes it was OK if I used one coupon on four, I’d be paying for one. Only getting three really got to her, and she made some excuse about starting the transaction over. I knew she didn’t need to, but in the spirit of cooperation I went along with it, paid and left.
Guess what? The reason she re-rang my transaction was to make the $3.00 coupon $2.97! She did not want me to get that $0.03 extra cents. Really? Why? What does it matter? I say this with no disrespect meant, but she was just a cashier and doesn’t have a personal stake in the 3 pennies.
So this got me thinking about how people who don’t use coupons react to people who do. Sometimes I get people who are amazed in a positive way. But lots of times I’ll get smart as alack remarks about how it’s too much work to save a few pennies (even when they’ve just heard the cashier say I’ve saved over $60), or they wouldn’t be caught dead carrying around a coupon book.
Why all the hate and negativity? Why does it matter to people that you save money? It’s like there is a bad stigma attached to using coupons. Are they jealous? Do they secretly want to do it, but don’t know how? Times are tough for most people right now, so why wouldn’t you want to learn how to save or just be happy for those who take the time to do it. I’m just saying.