Click the image for KCL’s 5 tips for ethical couponing

Couponing can be challenging, no doubt. But what makes it even harder is when bad couponers are discourteous, or worse – commit coupon fraud. They give all of us a bad name and make it harder each time we shop. Checkers, managers, and stores get more and more restrictive in their coupon policies to combat this. So what can we do? Be better savers!

I just read a great piece from one of my favorite savings blogs, the Krazy Coupon Lady. It’s titled “5 Things Couponers Shouldn’t Do!” and it’s full of tips on how to prevent yourself from inadvertently misusing coupons. One of my pet peeves are “shelf clearers” and I can say for a fact that the checkers at my local Walgreens are annoyed with them, too. Here’s what KCL has to say:

Stores typically limit the number of coupons that can be used to prevent shelf clearing. There’s nothing more disappointing than going to a store specifically for an item and finding the shelf empty. When there’s a high-value coupon, be aware that shelves will clear quickly. Most stores limit the number of coupons that can be doubled, used in one transaction, or number of coupons per item. One manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item is a common rule to help prevent shelf clearing.


Hat tip to Krazy Coupon Lady for the great ethical couponing reminder!