How to Deal with Huffers at the Register

huff  (hf)

1. To puff; blow.
2. To make noisy, empty threats; bluster.
3. To react indignantly; take offense.
I try not to get too upset about HUFFERS in line behind me at the store. First of all, I know they are upset because they don’t have any coupons. Wouldn’t you be mad if you were paying retail prices? Please refer all huffers to Ms. Couponista, because savings makes everyone smile!

Here are my tips for dealing with huffers:
  • Smile and say: “Hi. I have coupons for many items in my cart, so the transaction may take longer than it looks.” This takes the pressure off you and its up to them to leave or watch the savings show.
  • Kill them with kindness. Offer them a coupon for an item in their cart.
  • Be prepared. Have your coupons organized and know your store’s coupon policy.
  • Don’t get into the express line with a cart full of groceries.
  • Don’t hold up the line to go and grab one more item.
  • Limit your transactions to one per pass. Get back in line if you want to do multiple transactions.
  • Last, but not least: Sing and/or dance every time one of your coupons scans – at least they’ll be entertained. Maybe you’ll also find yourself on an unauthorized YouTube video. 🙂

About Ms. Couponista
Ms. Couponista strategically uses coupons to reduce her grocery bill by 60-90% and helps others do the same. She researches the best deals on everything from cheap eats to travel discounts. Ms. Couponista appeared on TLC's 'Extreme Couponing', 'The Price is Right' game show and several local news and radio programs.

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