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How To Trade Coupons

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 5:49 am
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Have you been clipping and printing coupons nonstop and still not finding exactly what you need?  Maybe it’s time you try your hand at coupon trading! Coupon trading is a great way to get what you need and help out your fellow couponers in the process.

The next time you clip coupons, clip everything!  Sort them into coupons you want to keep and coupons you want to trade.  While you’re at it, make a wish list of coupons you still need.  Now you’re ready to start trading.

The simplest and quickest way to get started is to trade with your family and friends.  If you see them all the time and they also coupon, why not take advantage of that?

If you want a bigger pool of people to trade with, consider creating a coupon club.  You can start trading coupons within an already existing group, such as a PTA or book club, or you can create a club specifically for trading coupons.  Establish a date, time, and place to meet up with several interested traders.  You can get to know the people in your club and their coupon needs so you can keep an eye out for each other.

One more option is to open yourself up to trading with everyone on the world wide web!  There are so many forums dedicated to coupon trading online.  Just type ‘coupon trading’ into your search engine and find a forum that works for you.  When you use a coupon trading forum, you post what you have and want to trade, and wait for requests.  Or you can seek out those who have what you want and make offers to trade.  Once an offer has been accepted, you will trade coupons by mail. When trading in online forums there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You will probably have to register to post on a lot of the forums, but if you can find what you need it’s worth it.
  • When listing the coupons you have to trade, make sure to give all of the information on the coupon (store, brand, expiration date, etc.).
  • Check the forums frequently.
  • When you get a request to trade, respond quickly and mail out the coupons you are trading within a day or two.

Also, look at our Facebook page to see what coupons people are wanting.  You might be able to find a friendly trader there!

Remember, there are plenty of people to trade coupons with.  If there’s a will, there’s a way!

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