Did you know between all of our stores in Bloomington-Normal, we have multiple sales cycles? Schnucks, Cub Foods, and Jewel runs Wednesday-Tuesday, Kroger runs Thursday-Wednesday, and Meijer, Walgreens and CVS all run Sunday-Saturday. This means your best days to shop will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday because no matter where you shop, you’re hitting the stores during their current sales cycle!
I always suggest shopping during non-peak hours, so don’t do major shopping right after traditional work hours because it will be extremely busy. Saturday, as well as Sunday after church, also tends to be a bit busier than during the week, but if you have your transactions planned, you’ll be in and out faster than most people who are browsing the aisles.
As crazy as it sounds, there is coupon etiquette! If you have a lot of coupons, it’s always nice to let the person behind you know. If they choose to stay and wait, that’s fine, but you won’t feel rushed (especially if you’re using a u-scan), and they know they may choose another lane if they are in a hurry!
Please never, ever clear the shelf. If you are planning on making multiple purchases, and you want the entire shelf of product, please ask the grocery manager to place a special order for you. Most are happy to do it, and it allows individuals who aren’t wanting many items to still get in on the deal without the frustration of no stock. The only exception to this request is if there are only a few on the shelf, and of course, you are entitled to take what you’d like. But, if you want 30 of something, and there are 31 on the shelf, please do make the request to special order.
Be courteous to your cashier. I can guarantee you will all run into the one person who is having a horrible day, and they will make it seem as if it’s your fault because you have coupons. I’ve been there. Often. But, stay calm, and remember how much you’re saving! If you are organized when you reach the check-out, your transaction will be much smoother than someone who is digging around looking for coupons! And, the nicer you are, and the more organized your system is, the more your cashier will love you for making it easier on them. I promise!