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The Results are In

Friday, November 13, 2009 |
Do you use coupons at self check out?

41% of you said YES
58% of you said NO

I personally do not like to use coupons at self-checkout. It seems like someone always has to come over and help me with them. I feel like an amateur when they walk over after the self checkout beeps to let them know that I need "assistance." I do however, use them if I only have one or two items and the checkers line is long.

Here are a couple tips I have for when you do check out with coupons:

1. After you scan the coupon and you stick it in the "coupon slot" BLOW hard on the slot. Self checkout machines have to actually WEIGH the coupon before it lets you scan the next item. For some reason when I blow on the coupon it detects it much quicker.

2. Be sure that you are NOT using expired coupons

3. Be sure that you are buying the size the coupon specifies

4. Be sure that you are only using one coupon per item

Numbers 2-4 are abusing coupons and is clearly stated on each individual coupon.
Emily and I recently took a shopping trip and we thought we would see if self checkout was faster than going to the line with a checker. It turned out self check out took MUCH longer than going to a checker. We weren't surprised.

The reasons I go to the actual checker
1. It saves me time

2. If I need a rain check they will write it for me right then

3. I make FRIENDS with the employees. I promise it makes shopping a much easier experience. Read about my making friends tips here.

4. If there is a problem, like I didn't get all 10 items, or there is an unadvertised deal, there is someone there to help me.

5. If I have an item for a FREE item it makes the checkout process smoother

6. I don't like to check out with an entire cart full of groceries using self checkout. I like to think of the self checkout lane is for those who only have a couple items.

7. The people that are in front of me using self check out usually have problems, making the checkout time EVEN longer

Be on the lookout for this weeks poll later today!


Eric & America said...

I like to use the actual checker because it gives them a job. If we start relying on automatic checkouts, that is more jobs lost. Anyway, thought I would share that.

Marie said...

I have done coupons at the self-checkout at both Smith's and Wal-Mart before. But both stores now require cashier assistance in order to complete your order when using coupons. Which, I agree, is really lame. So if I am using coupons (especially more than one or two) then I always go to an actual checker. Much quicker and much less embarassing.

Erin said...

hey i read somewhere that you might be able to use a coupon for libby's veggies on their pumpkin. for the life of me i can't find where i read you know if that is true?

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