Starting a Small Coupon Exchange Club

Not all of us have the time necessary to maximize the savings potential in coupon clipping. Joining large coupon exchange clubs where one has to learn all the coupon lingo, make or read long lists of coupon requests and address, stamp and mail out coupons is just all too demanding. However, most anyone can learn from such dedicated couponers and use the same basic principles, but on a much smaller scale.

Starting a Small Coupon Exchange Club

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Most any place where groups of people meet regularly can be developed into a coupon exchange club where members receive the same benefits as the big global clubs.

Examples of places to start small coupon clubs:

  • Workplace
  • Church groups
  • Day Care Centers
  • Health Clubs
  • Neighborhood Organizations
  • Theater Groups
  • Senior Citizen Groups

How a Simple Coupon Club Works

Group members are asked to cut out all the coupons they want from the Sunday newspaper fliers. The remaining unwanted portion of the fliers, along with any unwanted retail, restaurant and local service company coupons, are brought to the club location and placed in an assigned area for members to browse.

Ask the Question

The best way to get a coupon club started is simply to ask people if they would like to participate. If only two or three people want to try it, do not get discouraged. Coupon clipping is infectious and as others begin to see how much is being saved with little effort, more will likely join.

Find a Distribution Area

A small unobtrusive central location that is available to everyone should be selected to communicate and collect any coupons. Break rooms in the workplace, a drawer or storage box at community centers or even the trunk of a member's car could make suitable spots.

Coupon Wants and Needs

A notebook can be kept with each members distribution list which will include specific needs (such as cat food) and brand preferences. A page in the notebook can be used for members to communicate unusual special needs, such as a daughter's bridal shower. In this example, the person may be looking for coupons from arts and crafts stores or retail stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Keeping It Tidy

To avoid complaints by nonmembers, the area selected needs to be tidy. An accordion-type file box or shoebox placed in the area to hold the coupons will help keep the mess at bay. Members should be encouraged to discard clippings, expired coupons, and other messes which accumulate around a coupon box.

Asking for Coupons From Non-coupon Clippers

A fun note can be posted in a central area asking noncoupon clippers to donate their coupon circulars to the group. This generally is received well as people enjoy the act of giving. The note can say something such as "Help Wanted - Donate Your Unused Coupon Circulars Here!"

Following the simple steps and adjusting it to better fit your group, will expand the availability of coupons that will be saved from the trash and go instead into helping you save money on all of your purchases.