I was at the grocery store yesterday and I got stuck behind a woman with COUPONS. I hate coupons.
Now I'm sympathetic to the fact that everyone isn't a rich doctor like me (yeah right), but regardless, I hate coupons at supermarkets. And this comes from someone who, when I get a "free card" coupon from Shutterfly, I immediately go to Shutterfly, make a card and send it out. (Total saved: $2.67) So I appreciate that two cans of catfood for the price of one is a deal that cannot be passed up.
What I don't appreciate is the way coupons slow everything down. I feel that there MUST be a better way. I already have a Safeway card... you bastards have my address and phone number and jeans size, why do you expect me to also pour over the newspapers in search of 33 cents off a quart of milk?
Incentives are great. Maybe when I've spent $1000 with the shopping card, I can have $10 off my purchase. Instead of having to cut a coupon out with a scissors and have it inevitably refuse to scan in.
You know what I'm talking about with the scanners. Have you ever been behind someone in line who had coupons and every single one of them scanned in without a problem? I haven't. Yesterday, one of the woman's coupons didn't work, and of course, they had to call the manager over. The problem? The coupon expired that day, so... yeah, I don't understand either.
That's another thing, people with coupons don't read the fine print or they don't sort their coupons prior to the grocery trip, so there's always one or two coupons that's expired or doesn't work for their purchase, and this requires several minutes of squinting at the coupon and explanation to the customer.
I just feel like in this day and age, with our iPhones and our iPads and our rock and roll music, there's got to be a better way to give discounts than forcing people to collect little scraps of paper.
And don't get me started on people who bring checkbooks into the supermarket.