Couponer or not- checkout is where your shopping trip can be derailed. It means your $20 cart of groceries could actually cost you a lot more- and not just in money- but time too! Here are the biggest mistakes I’ve seen- that cost BIG!
Not Double Checking your Cart
This is close to your last chance to avoid paying $2 for that slice of cake that you really don’t need or want…but looked so good. Or change your mind about buying that box of crackers you really don’t like- just because it is 75% off. Do a quick glance through your cart to be sure that what you are about to pay for is really worth it. I always walk the items I change my mind on back to where it belongs because I feel if I took it off the shelf…I should put it back (that’s when I actually appreciate bringing my older kids to the store- they can put any unwanted items back!) but most stores will do it for you.
Not Ringing Items Up In the Best Order
Cashiers grab into a cart, scan and move on to the next item. By the time you hand over your rainchecks, coupons or other discounts- the item it is for may be six bags deep in your cart. Put the items that may cause issues first. Any item you have a raincheck for should be put on the scanner first- and the cashier alerted that you have a raincheck. Any items with a “free” item coupon or a coupon you know may cause issues at the register. This way it can be taken care of with the item in hand- rather than digging around for it at the end.
Items with a digital coupon I have rung up and then subtotaled to ensure it comes off. It’s hard to catch that single line discount at the end when all the loyalty card discounts are applied!