Ever apologize for price matching and couponing?


I apologize in advance if this topic is listed elsewhere but I wanted to get opinions on this. So this morning when I finished work, I went to Walmart to pick up a few things using coupons and price matching. I thought going first thing would make things easier. Well there seemed to be only 1 or 2 checkouts open and of course an impatient person gets behind me.

So as I'm waiting fior my phone to connect and find all my ads that I usually have organized beforehand, I found myself apologizing to the impatient woman behind me who was clearly perturbed with me. She demanded another cash be open which they did and I could hear her complaining loudly about the time I was taking.

I apologized to the cashier and she was very kind and understanding and said that she price matches too. My Walmart and all the cashiers I've been to, have all been awesome when it comes to the time involved with price matching and couponing. I save so much money and try to be as organized as possible beforehand.

So what are your thoughts on checking out? Do you ever feel guilty or apologize or fumble with keeping track or encounter rude people?

As much as I love all these ways to save money and review and try products, it can be time consuming but I think well worth it.

Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:44 am

27 Replies

Sandra Ribeiro


There is no need to apologize- people just need to be patient. If they are unhappy, they can always go to a different cashier.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 10:49 am

Not your fault

I admit I do get frustrated when I'm behind a price matcher/couponer...but I'd never be rude about it. I think it's an awesome way to save money...I'm just impatient lol
Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:05 am


yes i do all the time..but i save so much money that some times people ask how and are nice about it!!!! happy saving and saying sorry!!!
Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:27 am


I don't price match but have been behind some people that have and I would never act in a way to make someone uncomfortable like that. Some people are just rude as hell, I wouldn't of apologized to her at all, I probably would of took my time, lol.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:28 am


Thanks for your responses! I find that most people get it and are good about waiting behind a price matcher and I often thank people for their patience. I'm not sure that I would go first thing in the morning when only 1 checkout is open but sometimes it can't be helped.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 05:28 pm


I use coupons and price match everything I go shopping, most times I have quite a few. I do a few different things to make it easier. I go during the week in the morning when it's not as busy and I avoid new cashiers. If someone has just a few items behind me in line or seems like they are in a hurry, I ask them if they want to go ahead of me because I have coupons. If I have a lot of coupons or if I have coupons that I think might be questioned or disputed , I show them at customer service before I get in line with a cashier. That way I can say I already checked with your manager and it makes the transaction go faster. I always try to go through self checkout if there is one, then I don't have someone directly behind me to hold up a line. If all that fails and I am still upsetting somebody, I look at their cart and give them a couple of coupons for items that they have and that usually does the trick. I try my best to do what I can to make it go as quickly as possible.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:24 pm

stay polite and cool

I don't apologize because I feel it's my right to use coupons and price matching if the store advertises it. However I do organize it all to make it easier for the cashier, e.g. putting the relevant coupon next to the item so they don't have to look for the item. By that same token I respect those in front of me who do the same. Whenever possible if I qualify, I will go through the express checkout. I've never had anyone complain about me except for one time at Metro when a sale item didn't scan correctly and had to be price checked. A very hostile woman who was next in line started taunting me about saving $2.00. I forget how I answered her, but remained calm and basically ignored her rant.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:39 pm


I don't feel guilty about price matching and couponing and I do so often. Most people at my store are OK and don't get upset. However, I do encounter the odd impatient person and I do apologize. For the most part I havent had any issues at my store.
Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:48 pm


Thanks for the great tips and strategies! Today was the first time I came across someone like that but I don't feel guilty for smart shopping! I do find that I go to the store a few times more a week as it can become overwhelming for everyone involved! Price matching and couponing is definately a strategic event that I'm always learning how yo do better but I wouldn't go back to my old shopping ways now!
Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:00 pm


I don't use the price matching and I do feel impatient when someone is doing it right before me, but I am polite so I avoid places like Walmart. My local supermarket is great for prices and have special tills with no price matching, so that helps. I love shopping but no groceries and this practice seems such a waste of time for me. I haven't been living in Canada for very long but I don find some saving tips interesting like washing clothes in the evening to save money or the couponing but then spending 4 CAD in a Tim Hortons coffee twice a day seems sth kind of normal for a lot of people, lol
Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:25 pm

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