How to Start a Coupon Club to Help You Save Money on Groceries

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Organizing a coupon will allow you to swap coupons with family and friends, which will in turn increase your grocery savings each week. Coupon clubs should be regular, informal gatherings at a convenient time and location. You can then collect and organize coupons at your coupon club meetings to increase your grocery savings.

  • Ask friends to participate in a coupon club with you. Include friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members. If you participate in online social networking sites, post information about your coupon club for your friends and family to see. Post a flier about your coupon club in the staff lounge where you work if you are unable to spread the word by mouth.

  • Choose a meeting place. You may want to meet at your home, rotate meetings among coupon club members' homes, meet after hours at your workplace if given permission by supervisors or meet at your church if you attend one.

  • Decide how often you want to meet and what day and time you want to meet. Since many coupons expire within a month, you should meet at least monthly. Meet in the evenings or on the weekends so that most members will be able to attend. Plan to meet for at least an hour to have enough time to swap coupons.

  • Provide members with guidelines concerning how to participate in the coupon club. Instruct members to clip as many coupons as they can and to bring the coupons they will not use for themselves to the coupon club meetings. Also, tell members to make a list of a few items they regularly buy but do not have coupons for; this will help other members be on the lookout for these coupons.

  • Swap coupons you do not plan to use with other club members who have coupons for products that you purchase regularly. To increase the visibility of all available coupons, coupon club members can lay out their coupons on a table or counter so that others can pick up the ones they want.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want your coupon club meetings to also serve as a social gathering, plan to serve snacks and beverages or ask members to all bring an appetizer to share with others.
  • If you already meet with a group of family and/or friends regularly for another purpose such as a book club or children's play dates, consider making the meeting a dual-purpose meeting by swapping coupons whenever you meet.

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