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I'm a single mom on a tight budget. I'm always looking for ways to save money and I think I've found a great one! It's called the coupon train. It's a group of people from all around who trade their unused, current coupons with other people.
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Anyone know of a coupon train that I can join. I am starting from none and I need all the coupons I can get. I will be getting food stamps soon. I need help please.
You are commended for using coupons! They are an excellent source to help stretch the budget!
The challenge with coupon trains is technically they are illegal:
I have steered away from them because I want no chance of an issue.
My go tos are:
1. The Sunday paper (I have family and friends who save theirs for me and we trade since we use different items).
2. Writing and calling companies whose products I use exclusively and asking for coupons (most will send or email coupons).
3. Switching to store and generic brands (people hate me when I say this), but I have realized HUGE savings just by moving from brands to generics. Stores like Aldi have amazing stuff that are not name brand. Target the same, even Walmart. There are a few name brands I use (like Tide and Dawn and I do #2 above to supplement coupons when the paper ones expire)
4. Looking for in store promotions (like coupons stuck to packages or those little machines that spit out coupons).
5. Talking to store manager and asking for discounts on slightly (NEVER MORE THAN A MONTH OLD) expired canned goods or cereals--SAFETY FIRST ON THIS ONE--I stay away from dented cans...some folks say they are safe, but this one was drilled into my head as a youth!)
6. Only buy what you need and make sure you aren't tossing food because they have gone bad. It is more work to go to the store more often, but if you can combine the store with other errands, it ends up saving you in the long run and reducing waste!
Wishing you all the best with your shopping savings!! Take care and keep up the good work saving!!
Facebook and Yahoo have couponing groups. You may also want to see if your library has one. You can always start one.
I enjoy couponing and saving money. You can find coupons mailed to you, purchase coupons from the Sunday paper, or like me - I print my coupons online for free. Here are some websites I use:
Coupons are good but try not to think about them being your first thought on saving money when buying groceries.
A while ago I Googled "freebies" and ended up getting hooked on quite a few freebie sites.
There are many sites out there you can get free stuff/samples/huge coupons from.
I didn't know till now what a coupon train was and certainly didn't know they were illegal!
For me, in terms of couponing, you can atually go on ebay and buy a crapload of coupons for super cheap (which might also be illegal, lol) www.ebay.com/
as for online, retailmenot.com is a great site that allows you find coupons for all sorts of crazy things - generally online. THis would be more useful for NOON grocery items
a site i've been fond of for years is www.ebates.com/
I have personally written to manufacturers whose products I liked and received coupons. Likewise you can sign up to their email or facebook updates and get coupons that way
lastly you can scout out where in your neighborhood people discard newspapers - maybe a recycle bin at your library or post office - i know in our local grocery people dump newspapers in the cafeteria area.
I am looking to join a coupon train please.
Gina from Franklin, MA
I currently have a train running.
But, a great place to join one is www.dailyfreebies.com and go to the coupon train area. Check that out first!!
I just started a coupon train that is going out tomorrow but I would be happy to have you join the second train. Just contact me for details.
I'm a member of a coupon train that runs in my area and surrouding areas/states. I put "coupon train" in my search engine and a ton of trains came up! I love having one in my area to keep the turn around time quick! No one wants to get expired GOOD coupons because it took so long to get to you!
I would love to join your coupon train. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to join a coupon train. Can someone please help me ?
I'm looking to start a coupon train. Can someone please tell me the appropriate area to post on ThriftyFun, or another website that might be good for finding a few interested people?
By Nicole from Los Angeles
I've joined a coupon train in my area here in MO. I'm currently a "rider" waiting on my enelope of coupons. Just put coupon train in the online search engine. Hundreds of sites will come up. I joined a train that is for my area... MO/ARK/IL/OK so there is not a long turn around time for coupons that might otherwise expire as if it was coming from say FL! Good Luck. The coupon seems like a fun way to save some money! :)
How would I find info on coupon trains, as suggested by another member?
I'm about to become a "rider" on a coupon train in my area. (This quickens the turn around time so people are not stuck with expired coupons). I'd love to hear from fellow riders to know how their journey is going. I'd like to know if the train is worth it?
I have over 50 coupons to add to the train and they are nice coupons, nothing worthless, just items I do not use. It seems like it would be like Christmas every time you open your bundle of coupons, you never know what you might get!
Have any trains been "derailed" due to people not sending them on? Please share your experiences here and advise me on what to expect. I know each train has its own set of rules and guidelines, but I can guess that all trains are about the same! Thanks so much! :) Happy clipping!
By Jaci from MO