I prefer to send my frozen and refrigerated items down the conveyer belt first. They end up in the cart first and in the car last, so when I get home to unload they are the first things out and into the fridge. After refrigerated items, I send items by category so like items stay together. If I have multiples of an item I send those first, and anything that is going to be totally free goes right behind the refrigerated items. From there, I just unload as I have room to do so.
All the while though, I’m keeping an eye on the screen and listening for the rhythmic beat of the scanner beeping. If something doesn’t ring up right, I ask the cashier to stop and do a price check. If something beeps twice, then it was probably over-rung and I ask him to please check for the mistake.
Did I mention that I prefer to check out with young men? Sounds weird or stalky right, but there’s a reason for it. Young men will move things along with less questions and less suspicion than other cashiers. They are also more likely to engage you in friendly conversation. I personally prefer a little chat while I check out and young people are usually more apt to provide it.
Once all my items have been scanned and I’m sure it all rang up correctly, I begin handing the cashier my coupons a few at a time. I like to make sure they are grouped together if I’m stacking, and if I have multiples, I carefully separate them as I hand them over. It’s also a good idea to hand your coupons over in the same order as the products were scanned. This is especially helpful for free items. Since they were rung up near the beginning, it will be easier for the cashier to locate their price to mark it on the coupon. And, the cashier usually will appreciate your assistance with unfolding and preparing the coupons to be scanned.
The only thing left at this point is seeing what your total is and paying… unless you have multiple transactions to do!