Trading Your Coupon Loot for Fresh Produce
Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 6:12 am
If you’re an avid couponer, you’ve probably found that produce coupons are often few and far between. So, you might consider an alternative solution for saving on produce: trade your coupon loot for fresh produce. In other words, get to know some local farmers or someone with a garden. Then, offer to trade your coupon stockpile items for fresh produce. If you do this often, you might find yourself getting produce for free (or close to free). In the meantime, your trading partner is getting great deals through your couponing, without actually having to do the work. So, everyone saves!
How Does it Work?
Trading coupon loot for produce is a lot like trading coupons. Here’s how it works:
- You’ve accumulated tons of coupons for items you don’t need.
- Instead of throwing those coupons out, use them.
- Then, find someone who grows fresh produce who does need those coupon items and suggest a trade (if no one needs the items, you can always donate them to a local charity). If you already have a stockpile, you can even make an inventory list to provide your trading partner. They can see which items they want, and make you a produce offer in exchange.
- Voila! In a way, you’ve used your coupons to save on produce.
Where Do I Find People to Trade With?
You might be surprised by how many people have gardens, you just have to start asking around. Start by asking your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You can also meet people who grow their own produce at local farmer’s markets, community gardens, and even on the web. You could start a trading blog or forum online, make a Facebook page, post on Craigslist, post fliers – there are so many resources for making connections. Just remember to use caution when meeting with unfamiliar people. Take a friend with you and always arrange to meet in a neutral location.