It PAYS to be nice to your cashier!

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I always try to be extra nice to cashiers! Why you ask?

Well… Most of the time I have lots of coupons in hand and sometimes tend to do more then one transaction. Its definitely not always EASY dealing with customers like myself! This is why I always try to be extra nice and really show each cashier how much their appreciated! I find most of the time that if I can put a smile on my face, strike up a conversation and show an interest in what they do, then I can usually walk out with a new Cashier buddy!

I have a few favorite cashiers that I always try to do something extra special for! Today on my Walgreen’s trip one of my fav cashiers was working in the cosmetics department. When checking out I made sure to give her 4 Reese’s Whips bars that I had gotten free. Sometimes I will give out a few coupons instead, it just depends on the deals I get. Anyway she in turn pulled out containers and containers of coupons and sample bins! She literally started throwing stuff in my hands. Of course, you know me, I was soooo exited! I love me some FREE samples and coupons!

It sure does PAY to be nice!
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  1. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    I’m so glad you were rewarded for your kindness. Not that you did it for reward, of course, but it’s always nice to be appreciated, isn’t it? I was telling my husband tonight about a cashier at CVS who seemed quite displeased that I used a coupon for the Detour bars and only had to pay $.20. I made sure I told her thank you and smiled. My children were with me and I sure didn’t want them to grow up thinking it’s ok not to smile at someone just because they didn’t smile. Your blog today made me smile. Thank you!

  2. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    The other day, while I was sitting on the floor pulling down my loot of Blistex, I overheard a lady at the pharmacy counter say that she was a new customer. When she walked away, I asked her if this was her first time using CVS as a pharmacy and she replied that it was the only one she could find open 24 hours, it was late by then. I asked if she could come out to my car for a coupon and when she told me that both of her little girls had double ear infections. I had a bunch of extra Rite Aid transfer coupons in my car and gave her two since she had two new prescriptions. It was like giving a stranger $60 and boy did it feel good to help someone out like that. It made my whole night and she seemed pretty happy too! All because I clipped some extra coupons.

  3. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    Thanks so much for the comments.

    Bonnie, I really enjoyed reading your story! Its always nice to go out of your way and do something extra special for a stranger!

    Richters, I would have done the same thing in CVS too! It called kill them with KINDNESS!:) If they dont like it… oh well, at least you tried!

  4. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    Also, be sure to check your local competitor stores for coupons in the isles. You will be surprised what you might find coupon for to use at Publix. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a coupon or two to save for a later sale (if anyone questions you). I also get in the habit of writing to your favorite brands for a coupons. Here is what you do…
    Go to the website – find the contact us link and complete the form with your info. Mention in the comments that you want coupons and how you LOVE their brand. I have gotten MANYYYYYYY coupons this way. Some for FREE items and most do not expire until 2010. The best ones were from Fresh Express/Chiquita and Kashi.

    • Damien B

      Just wanted to say that Jenny from southernsavers says that taking peelies off of products you find in the aisles of one store and saving them is unethical because those coupons were meant to be used for the specific product is was on… but taking things from the blinkies is perfectly fine. Just wanted to clarify for those who might think it is okay to take any coupon found in the store.

      Rule of thumb: if it is attached to a product, then it is not fair game, but if it is in a dispenser (i.e. a blinkie/ tear pad), then take it and do with it as you will.

      • krystal

        hi well the other day i bumped into a vendor who was putting these coupons on the products (it was for cat food @ target) and they were $6.00 off q’s and i asked him if it was ok to take the coupons but he had tons rolled up and he gave me some anyways i asked him if you were allowed to take them off and use them and he said yes he would rather you buy their product then not…. so i dont know how its not fair game if it is ok by vendors that put those peelies on their product… just my .02

        • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

          I work at a grocery store & I really don’t think the vendors give a crap who gets the coupon or what store its used at, as long as your buying their products. Thats the reason why they put the coups on the products. Like you said, they get stacks of these & go to various stores putting them on products. Half the people purchasing the products dont notice/care to use them anyway because their in too much of a hurry to even notice. First come first serve. Although I did have a manager tell me once that it was considered retail fraud to take lots of coupons with the intention of using them elsewhere. ?????

  5. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    I’m a little late reading this, but oh how true the title is. I work as a cashier during college breaks, and an also very coupon savy. I will give and tell customers of deals if they are friendly. But if they are rude and trying to get something by that I would normally just go ahead and let them do, they get nothing. It perks my day up to be nice to those who are nice back.

  6. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    I tried to give a Walgreens cashier a candy bar for being extra helpful/nice and the manager came by and said she was not allowed to take anything from customers.

  7. Collin (Mrs. Hip)

    i am a cashier and i don’t mind coupons at all it is just the ones that you have to buy a certain amount and you don’t have the amount and the person gets mad at you because you can’t take it

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Ya, Im a cashier too, thats when you just price adjust the coupon and make it work. Who cares as long as its somewhat legit. These companies get thier $ back anyway & are happy products are moving.

  8. Carol

    I’ve developed a relationship with the cashiers and with the manager of my local store. This helps so much. They know that I’m not trying to do anything unethical or illegal. They just know that I patronize their store and use my coupons. I often leave them my pen when I check out.

  9. Grishma

    I actually work part-time at Walgreens and my mom frequently visits this site. Well she showed me this article (or information) and I laughed because I am always trying to get people to check out in the Cosmetics department by ‘bribing’ them with coupons and samples. But I feel like not many people ever do! Trust me, we have stockpiles of free samples and coupons that are meant for our customers! So just come on over to cosmetics (plus you checking out there helps the cashier with their PM and Red Zone sales so its a win-win!). 😀

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