Guest post by Margie of The Stir Canadian Coupon Trading.
One of the most common questions I get asked while standing in line at my local grocer during check out is “where do you find all those coupons?”. While there are a lot of resources available, I think the most useful one is the coupon trading communities I’m privileged to be a part of. These communities allow you to look for and acquire specific coupons that your family can utilize or that perhaps were not readily available in your area. It also allows you to share any unwanted coupons you might have with other members as well. Joining these communities and participating in trades and trains is possibly one of the best ways to utilize otherwise useless coupons.
So how does one get started trading coupons?
It’s not as hard as you may think.
Make a list of products or brands your family uses on a regular basis. Look through your cupboards, check your weekly grocery list and start writing them down. You are creating a “Wishlist” of coupons you will be looking for. When you start trading this list will be the answer to the most commonly asked question, “what is your wishlist?”. You can be as specific or as vague as you want. Perhaps your family only uses premium toilet paper. In that case, you may want to add the brand that you prefer instead of just listing ‘toilet paper’. Make the list as long as you can; the more coupons on your list the more likely you’ll be to find someone to trade with.
You will also need a way to show what coupons you have to trade in return. This is normally done through “trade albums” where members take pictures of the coupons that they have no use for and post them in a photo album for others to browse. Don’t forget to add details like expiry dates or size restrictions that are found on the coupon so the other traders know exactly what they are getting.
Of course, the real secret to successful coupon trading is finding the right community for you. Through social media outlets like Facebook, hundreds of groups have sprung up. Getting started trading is a simple as being admitted to one of them.
Before joining or participating in any of these communities you should take the time to review the rules of the group. Some groups take excessive time and effort to ensure their members not only feel comfortable, but are safe. However not all groups are created equal and you should always take the time to ensure you are part of the community that will work for you.
Do you trade coupons? Are you a part of any great groups that you can share in the comments?
Margy Lott started couponing for diapers for her newborn 8yrs ago and has been hooked ever since. She currently is part of the administrative staff of ‘The Stir’ a Canadian coupon trading community on Facebook.