I was inspired by Zen Habits “Faith in Humanity: How to Bring People Closer, and Restore Kindness” to write this post about paying it forward with my version of how to perform a random act of kindness in the grocery store. I have Georgia to thank for telling me about Zen Habits.

Be a coupon fairy. Here are some random acts of kindness involving giving coupons to strangers that I’ve been performing at the grocery store lately (and you can start doing them too):

  • Tape a coupon to the product the coupon is for, walk away for the next stranger to use on their purchase (I carry scotch tape in my purse just for this purpose)
  • Have lots of coupons for one product? Set down the stack by the product for anyone to pick up
  • Offer a coupon to a fellow shopper in the same aisle with you if you notice them looking at a product you know you have a coupon for
  • Waiting in the check-out line? If you strike up a friendly conversation with your neighbor in line, offer them some coupons for the items they are purchasing