Part of the class that Cathy and I teach covers collecting coupons in the store. We always cover the ethics and ettiquette of collecting coupons, but I realized the other day that this is not something we have covered on the blog. So today you get the FAB FruGAL opinion!
Tear Pads: Vendors put tear pad coupons out by products they are trying to sell. Feel free to take a few of these, but please do not take the whole pad or an excessive amount that is just RUDE!
Peelies– peel off coupons found on products stuck on like stickers. These coupons are put on certain products in order to sell them faster. Do not remove them and save them for later. Buy the product and use the coupon at checkout or buy the product and save the coupon for doubles!
Blinkies–found in the aisle at the store spitting out of the blinking black box. The box usually has a red blinking light on it. Thus the name blinkies! We recommend taking a few of these and saving them for a sale if you are pretty sure you will buy the product. Otherwise leave them for the next shopper.
In-Ad Coupons-These coupons can be found in your stores ad and can be combined with manufacturers coupons, for even more savings. Please do not take a stack of ads from a store in order to hoard the coupons for yourself. You are not the only person trying to save money!
EBAY!!!!! You can stock-up on coupons on ebay. Find out how to find coupons on ebay. We recommend that you avoid buying peelies and tear pads on ebay because there is a good chance that the person selling the coupons stole them and we do not want to support that kind of behavior.
Leave coupons behind! One thing I love is when a fab fruGAL tries to share the coupon love by leaving coupons by a product for another shopper to discover! This is awesome. Please be sure that you do not leave expired coupons behind in the store. This is just littering.