A peelie is simply a coupon that is attached to a product package at the store. You peel off the coupon and use it when you buy the product. Don’t count on the cashier noticing and peeling these off for you. In fact, I don’t even count on ME remembering to peel them off at the checkout! I peel them off immediately and put them with the other coupons that I have for that shopping trip.
Etiquette Note: I’ve often seen blog posts boasting about the peelies that someone had picked up at the grocery store. The problem is, they didn’t buy the products that the peelies were attached to. This is not what these coupons were intended for, and it’s actually taking someone else’s money. If you aren’t going to buy the product, don’t swipe the peelie….. I’m coming down from my soapbox now to move on to blinkies…….
Blinkies are there for the taking. Feel free to grab a few if you find them for an item you want to purchase now or in the future. Blinkies do not have to be used at the store where you found them. They can be used at any store that accepts manufacturers’ coupons.
There are a couple of blinkie rules of etiquette that you might want to consider. If you pull a coupon from the machine and decide that you don’t want it, place it in the slot or container at the top of the machine. Don’t just lay it on the shelf. (Your mother does not work at the store and will not be cleaning up after you!) You should also not take 20 coupons from the machine unless you’re truly going to buy 20 of the item. Take what you think you’ll realistically use, and leave the rest for someone else.