If you’re a couponer, you have probably “Had it Out” at the register with the cashier or manager about proper terminology and use of coupons. I know I have quite often become very uncomfortable and felt my blood pressure rising. I have found that having all the information I possibly can to throw back at them is the best. I am not angry or hostile and am always pleasant as I possibly can be. Always print and keep the store coupon policies of your most frequented stores in your binder. Then if necessary, you can politely pull out the policy and show to the cashier/manager.
The biggest issue that I have encountered while couponing as I call it, is the whole “Purchase VS Transaction” debate. I have no idea how many times I have come across this issue when checking out. I know that if I keep my cool and explain, I quite often leave the store a “Happy Camper”.
“Limit one per purchase” This statement is always confusing to some new couponers and cashiers. A purchase is an item. If you are purchasing 2 orange juice, each of those orange juices are a purchase. If an item is being scanned, it is a purchase. Each item is a PURCHASE.
When a coupon states “limit one per purchase,”this terminology means only ONE manufacturer coupon may be used on each item. We also see different wording of this statement. An exception would be..a $1 off 2 coupon. If are using one of these type coupons, you will only be able to use ONE $1 off 2 coupon per TWO items.
A transaction is a group of purchases that have been paid for. Once you are handed your receipt, your transaction is complete! Within a transaction are all of the purchases/items. Limits on coupon usage per transaction can be defined by both the manufacturer AND the store.
The more you know about couponing, the more pleasant your experiences will be!