Coupons are now more popular than ever before as shoppers have begun to realize just how much money these colored pieces of paper could help them save - and in this economy, every dollar you save counts. That said, not all coupons may be useful to you. For instance, if you have a coupon for dog food but you don’t have a dog, the coupon is most likely wasted on you. But, if you have a neighbor who has a dog, they may be able to use the coupon.
Given this, working with neighbors, friends, or co-workers to make the most of the coupons that everyone has collected makes a lot of sense. Wondering how to go about this? We tell you what you need to do to create a neighborhood coupon club.
Things you should do before you start double couponing
The first thing you’ll want to do is find stores that offer double couponing benefits. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to get in touch with the store manager and ask them the following questions:
- a place where you can meet: You may want to host everyone at your place once a week, but this can be tiresome for you to do week after week. Instead, consider finding a spot at a local library or community center.
- Check if you can add additional coupons: It’s also a good idea to look for ways to add more coupons to the pot. So, check with friends, family, and co-workers that don’t clip coupons, ask local businesses if they have spare newspapers, and print out online coupons as well.
- Create a system: There are many things you’ll need to keep track of such as how many members are part of the weekly meet-ups, how the coupons are organized, and when each coupon expires. You can probably do this with a spiral notebook and an accordion file. But, make sure to devise a plan sooner rather than later.
- Put basic instructions and rules together: Just because the people in your group like using coupons, it doesn’t mean they know how to use coupons. To help novice couponers, make a list of common couponing rules, acronyms, stores that allow double coupons, etc.
- Make it fun: People join coupon clubs to exchange coupons and socialize with each other. So, it’s important to make your weekly meet-ups as fun as possible. Consider organizing refreshments and having some entertainment, if you have a lot of coupons to clip.
- Go digital: Keep in touch with your club members by sending emails, creating a Facebook page, etc.
- Keep an account of your savings: While it can be fun to be part of a neighborhood coupon club, you and the other members are also investing time. So, to show your members just how much money they’ve saved since joining the club, make sure to tally the savings.
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