First let me say that I did not write this, I got it out of last Sunday’s Birmingham News and thought it was too good not to share. It was written by Christie Dedman (Birmingham Bargain Mom) and you can find her at http://blog.al.com/bargain-mom, her Facebook Page, or on Twitter. Now, here is what she wrote.
Coupon rules to live by
Here are my 10 commandments of couponing
- Thou shalt not decode UPC barcodes – Using a coupon for a product in a brand family, but that does not include the item you’re buying is fraud.
- Thou shalt not take all the coupons found in stores – This includes tearpads, blinkies and magazines. Leave some for other shoppers.
- Thou shalt not gang cut – Gang cutting is clipping or cutting mass amounts of the same coupon leaving identical clip marks on the coupon. It can present problems for retailers if redeemed in one trip.
- Thou shalt not alter coupons – In the digital age, where items are easily manipulated, don’t be tempted. Someone is always watching.
- Thou shalt not use expired coupons – The lump in your throat that appears when you know the date but hope the cashier won’t notice is there for a reason. It’s your conscience. Sometimes the register will accept the coupon, but it’s still wrong.
- Thou shalt not copy coupons – It’s super easy to do but super illegal.
- Thou shalt not abuse self-checkout registers – Keep all of your coupons and transactions above reproach.
- Thou shalt know thy store’s coupon policy – This is essential to a smooth checkout and no surprises at the register.
- Thou shalt read the terms of each coupon – Read the fine print so that you can save the most money.
- Thou shalt love thy neighbor – Deal limits will help us stick to this one. It’s nice to see product on the shelves untouched by shelf cleaners.