DO NOT throw those Empty Coffee Cans or Formula Cans away! There are A LOT of local organizations that can use these! St.Baldricks, Project Linus, Local Fire Departments. They work perfect for Fund Raisers.
Yup, here I go up on my Soap box again! (Though I can GUARANTEE some fellow coupon bloggers will be trying to push me off after reading this) So in advance, I am sorry for any fellow bloggers I may offend. (UNLESS you are one of the bloggers that is doing what I speak of, in that case, all I have to say, is SHAME ON YOU!)
Any of you who follow my page, KNOW my sole purpose of starting it, was to show people, NOT ALL COUPONER’S are hoarders! Many, MANY of us who coupon help our local community with our couponing efforts by donating our overage of products! We donate on a regular basis to our local shelters, humane societies, etc. WE DO NOT HAVE 100 razors or 100 bottles of laundry soap stockpiled in our basement! We save money to provide for our families on a limited budget, and with our couponing skills we have acquired are also able to help others in need at the same time!
With that being said, if you read my last weeks blog post, I was pretty heated about 2 local stores being CLEARED out of Bayer aspirin. A local couponer/hoarder had gone into BOTH stores of this chain early on the morning the sale started and CLEARED the shelves. (If there is one thing I ALWAYS suggest on my page, it is to pre-order an item if you plan on getting more than six of that item whenever possible)
Lately I have seen many coupon blogger pages bragging about their hoarding trips. The latest being a coupon blogger talking about getting 150 Chap Sticks FREE at Walgreen’s. (Currently they have a coupon in their Feb. booklet making the Chap Stick FREE) If these were for donation and ordered in advance I would not have such a problem with them, BUT when they talk about them all being for personal use, YUP, I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT!
How are us Coupon Bloggers able to teach Ethical Couponing to our members, when some of us are not even following the rules ourselves!
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Is your dog a picky eater? We have a 17-year-old Pekingese, that is NOT ONLY a picky eater, but he also can only have soft food because of his dental work that went horribly wrong. For years we have been softening his hard food with boiling water and then feeding him canned soft dog food mixed with his hard softened dog food. (In case you did not know, MANY canned dog foods that you pay a lot for is simply their dry food with 90% water added and put in a can)
Recently, another couponer suggested to me to give him Cat Food, seeing as there are ALWAYS coupons out there for Cat Food and not often do you find dog food canned food coupons. I loved the idea, but wanted to research it first. SURE ENOUGH, it is perfectly safe! Especially since I mix it with his normal “softened hard dog food.” (Please note cat food is higher in calories, so you would NOT want to put your dog on only canned cat food or they will gain excess weight)
Casper LOVES his new canned cat food, I have MANY more varieties to choose from, and on a plus side I am saving money!
** PLEASE NOTE the required daily nutrition value for dogs is different then for cats, DO NOT make cat food their main diet!
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Here I go, up on my Soap Box again! I am absolutely FURIOUS right now! Today at my local store, it is Double Double Daze, which means you can Double coupons up to $1 (Limit ten per transaction) and our store has a HOT sale on Bayer Aspirin which gives you a nice little overage. SURE ENOUGH, Bright and early there was a STOCKPILE HOARDER in there that cleared out the shelf of all varieties! What is even worse, is the Service desk called the other store and THE SAME LADY went to the other store and did the same thing! REALLY? I MEAN REALLY? All I wanted was four bottles!
COUPONERS, We know DAYS ahead of time what will match up with SALES, CALL AHEAD AND PRE-ORDER! Is it really that hard to pick up the phone and have some common courtesy for other shoppers and the stores? Are you shelf clearers REALLY that rude that you do not think of others at ALL, just how much you can hoard and stockpile! DO YOU NOT REALIZE you are ruining couponing for others by your actions of being selfish? Or do you just not care?
Those of you WHO DO CARE and have a respect of helping others save also, If you plan on getting more than ten of ANY ITEM call and pre-order! ALMOST ALL STORES will allow you to do this!
Sorry for the rant folks, but I am seeing this more and more on a regular basis and I am just disgusted that this is happening!
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I am getting back up on my soap box here! With the recent “Oops” situations with Brita over their Rebate, The complaints on companies Facebook pages when they are offering a FREEBIE or a Coupon, and now the Kingsford Charcoal Coupon, and seeing how rude people are acting over all of this, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
People, These companies DO NOT HAVE TO OFFER US ANYTHING! Realize that! If you get a FREE product, or if you get a coupon, be happy you did! If you did not, OH WELL, be happy for others that did! Again I will say, these companies owe us NOTHING!
If so many “Fans” keep acting like this, and filling their Facebook pages, emails, and ringing their phones of the hook with negative comments and actions, WE WILL see NOTHING being offered by these companies, So who is getting hurt in the long run?
With the Brita Rebate, the company tracks how many Rebate forms are downloaded and printed. There were blogs uploading the PDF file to their own pages, which in turn the company does not know how many were printed. From what I am seeing with the Kingsford Charcoal coupon, THERE was a legitimate coupon through coupons.com for a short period of time, but there were also illegal coupons out at the same time. The ones that were printed on coupons.com are legitimate and will be honored and the stores you use them at will be reimbursed.
In both situations (Brita & Kingsford) the company is honoring the coupons or rebates. Was there really a need for all the negative threats on their facebook pages? COME ON FOLKS, they are just coupons!
And as far as Facebook pages offering limited freebies or Coupons. With the internet, and the hundreds of thousands of people’s rushing to their pages to get them, YOU WILL HAVE pages crashing from too much activity, it is just how it works! If YOU CHOOSE to sit for hours trying to get a coupon or freebie at a site, and then are unable to because either they run out or they have technical difficulties, that was YOUR choice to sit there and wait!
Bottom line, If you are that upset (human nature sometimes), LEAVE THAT PAGE, No need to leave a nasty comment and ruin it for the rest of us in the future. If you are like me, leave a comment and say, “Thanks for the chance!” If you get the Freebie or Coupon, MAKE SURE YOU THANK THEM!
Alright, I am stepping back down off my Soap Box…For now that is 🙂
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Has anyone else noticed the PURE INSANITY in the coupon world lately? Since when did Being a Couponer mean Being a RUDE COUPONER? Sure there has always been the occasional RUDE couponer here and there, but lately, no matter where I go shopping, I am seeing them. Blocking the aisles, clearing the shelves, Not caring who’s way they are in or that they are leaving no product on the shelves for other customers!
The other night at my local Wal-Mart, there was a lady with two shopping carts, and a stack of coupons (and by stack I mean a STACK) with her list in hand. She had AT LEAST 100 razors in her cart, shaving gels, and a GOOD amount of KY Jelly, when I left she was making her way to the Trial section. She was on a mission, and did not care who’s way she was getting in with her two carts or the fact she was cleaning the shelves! I had to wonder with that many razors if she possibly had a family of Bigfoot and had a lot of shaving to do? Now you may be thinking what I did at first also, She may be an ethical person and donate all her couponing products… but, I have found most of the people who donate (myself included) instead of clearing shelves, pre-order their products from the store, so that they do not clear the shelves! (This is just common courtesy to other customers)
Honestly, I just do not understand the whole “Stockpiling” concept, but that is a whole different blog post! I do understand “Normal Stockpiling” or products you use on a regular basis for different products that sale cycle on a yearly basis, but stocking hundreds of razors or boxes of cereal that will give you pantry moths before you even get to eat it all and take up A LOT of room in your house, I just do not get it! Ok…Sorry…I got side tracked, back to rude couponers…
Here are a few “Golden Rules” I wish all couponers would follow.
- DO NOT CLEAR SHELVES! This is just down right RUDE! If you are going to take over 25% of the product on the shelf, walk to the service desk and order what you want! (I am sure you will be going back to the store in the near future)
- DO NOT COPY COUPONS! It is illegal! This happens A LOT with coupons that give an overage or gives you a FREE product. Is that $.30 overage really worth having a criminal record or even worse going to jail? AND yes, THEY CAN TRACK YOU DOWN with the coupon!
- DO NOT BE RUDE TO THE CASHIER! What gives you the right? How would you feel if she came to your job and was rude to you?
- DO NOT BE RUDE TO OTHER CUSTOMERS IN LINE! Did your coupon not scan? You do not have enough items for a coupon and you got a beep? DO NOT HOLD UP the other customers waiting in line! If it is a quick fix, get it fixed, but if it is a lengthy debate, tell the cashier to either void out your order so you can fix your mistake (not the right product or not enough of the product) or tell them you no longer want that certain product and just let your transaction go through, then go and deal with it at the service desk.
- DO NOT USE THE WRONG COUPON! Make sure you get the right product and size that is stated on the coupon! Always check the product size and number of products you have to purchase to use the coupon. When the stores get reimbursed by the company they have to show the coupon went to the correct product, if it is wrong, THEY DO NOT GET REIMBURSED!)
- DO NOT TAKE THE WHOLE STACK OF COUPONS ON PULL TABS! The store has put these there for their other customers also! Technically you are only supposed to take a coupon for the product you are buying AT THAT TIME, but if you can not help yourself, limit yourself to two coupons!
- DO NOT STEAL FROM THE COUPON FAIRY! Did a nice “Coupon Fairy” leave some coupons by a product in your store? UNLESS you plan on buying that product right then, LEAVE THE COUPON!
- DO NOT RESELL YOUR COUPONING PRODUCTS! You stockpiled products, Now you are going to turn around and sell them on Ebay or on Craig’s list? REALLY? If you have to EXTREME COUPON, what about turning around and donating those products? I can guarantee you that there are shelters in your area that could use these products!
Bottom line, no matter if you are couponing to help your family financially (which many many of us are now of days just to put food on the table) or if you are couponing to donate to your local shelters, lets all follow the rules and put an end to the rude couponers! Being a couponer is hard enough, with the actions above, this is exactly why we are getting the comments from other shoppers in line with us, or the attitude from some cashiers. Not to mention the restrictions stores are putting on coupons and transactions now. If things do not change, in a few years, or even less there will be NO STORES allowing coupons, and where will we all be then? Those of us who do coupon ethically will be wondering again how we can put food on the table, and the “RUDE Stockpiling GREEDY Couponers” will be left with a stockpile full of pantry moths! (Oh wait…and some silky smooth legs for years to come)