The following post is a guest post from Louise of  Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to find some new Canadian coupons, then why not consider starting a free coupon exchange at your local grocery store?  My local Co-op started such an exchange recently, and it’s turning out to be quite the talking point.

Unlike most coupon trading programs, this particular exchange works on an honesty basis but is extremely effective. Very simply, a basket labeled “Coupon Exchange” is located in the entrance to the store, and customers can take and replace grocery coupons as they wish.

You could say it works like a “take a penny, leave a penny” tray.

When I first noticed this coupon exchange basket a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but get excited by the idea.  Since the basket is located at the entrance to the store, it’s in the perfect place to browse for coupons that might be useful on that particular shopping trip.  If you don’t use them then you can just pop them back in the tray on your way out.

Now that this coupon exchange is in effect, I always bring a few good food coupons along with me whenever I shop at Co-op and add them to the tray for the benefit of others.  I’ve noticed that the supply of good coupons has increased gradually since the program was started a few weeks ago, which indicates that the general response to the idea has been really good.

Maybe this is the start of a new trend in supermarkets across Canada?  If you’re interested in starting up a similar coupon exchange at your own local store, then why not have a chat with the staff at the Customer Service Desk?  If they agree to your idea then you could volunteer to donate the basket and a few of your own coupons to really get the ball rolling.

Louise Fiolek is the author of, a website dedicated to helping Canadians save money with coupons, daily deals, free stuff and frugal living tips.  She enjoys encouraging others to live well and enjoy life to the fullest, while being savvy to money-saving opportunities.