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Join a coupon swap group or start one of your own. Have regularly scheduled meetings with door prizes for the person who saved the most money that month using coupons
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If you have the extra time, and want to do something for your community, set up a coupon file for a local laundromat (with the owner's approval) or retirement home.
My mother used to live in a retirement apartment building and they had a table in the community area for small items that nobody wanted and was giving away. They could set them there for whoever wanted to take them. She started a coupon file and once a month she would go through and take out the expired coupons.
Sometimes others may not think to do something like this, but once it is there they can take it upon themselves to maintain it once the system is set up for them. Or you can count that as your community service to do it for them on a monthly basis.
Ask at the local library if you can start a coupon exchange. Coupons are kept in subject envelopes. When you bring yours in, underline or highlight the expiration date. Then, swap your 50 cent coupon for birdseed for a 50 cents off your favorite hairspray. Once a month try to go through all the envelopes and discard the expired coupons. The more people that participate, the more likely your chances are of getting your favorite brands. Plus, if you offer to keep the coupons current, it might encourage the librarian to start a swap.
So how does coupon swap work? Is it something you have to use the US Mail to do? It sounds interesting but I am trying to see the big picture here. Thanks.
By Nancy from TX
I have seen it done several ways. You could start a coupon box at a location you frequent like; work, gym, childcare location, etc. You would donate unused coupons and then take what you like or need and so does everyone else who participates. Should be one-for-one. Another way you could do it would be to get a group of people together and post who has what available either through a message board or email chain and snail mail each other coupons once you see someone who has what you need/want. You could also do a weekly meeting with some friends and everyone exchanges coupons, one for one. Basically you get the opportunity to find coupons you need and get to help someone else out as well!
Is anyone interested in joining a coupon swap group in Springfield, Missouri?
We have a day and evening group.
By Bellasmom from Springfield, MO