One of the questions I get frequently is how do I get so many coupons?
I used to subscribe to FIVE Sunday papers (so much waste!!), but the best way is that I belong to a coupon club!
A what? A coupon club. We meet once a month, bring our extra coupon inserts, clip, trade, nosh, gossip and share tricks and tips. We have a private Facebook group, so we can discuss deals and post our “wishlists”. Each of us posts a list of coupons that we would like, and as the next meet up draws near, those who are attending clip and print coupons for each other. Each meet up is like Christmas morning, we trade envelopes of the clipped coupons we requested. We also talk about deals, frugal living strategies, and help each other. We’ve been together about 7 years!!
In addition to trading coupons, we also have teamed up with a local American Legion Post. They collect Sunday coupon inserts from members. We clip them and return them (taking whatever coupons we’d like). The Legion mails the coupons overseas for those military families living on base overseas. Overseas Military commissaries (that’s the on base grocery stores) accept coupons expired up to 6 months after the expiration date. So not only do we get access to multiple inserts, but, we are able to help others.
We also collect sample sized toiletries and items that we are able to get for free and donate them to the American Legion Post for their homeless veteran outreach.
If you are interested in starting a coupon in your local area, check out Facebook or meetup.com- there are lots of coupon clubs all over the country.
I have a Facebook group for people in my local East County San Diego area. We meet twice a month during the week. If you are interested in joining, check out our group: Weekday Frugalistas: East County
I post freebies, deals, and other stuff between meetings, and I post a run down of what we discussed at the meeting afterwards, so even if you cant go, you’ll still be up to date!
If you can’t find a local coupon group, there are website dedicated to helping couponers. My favorite is:
HCW has forums for all the major stores, including grocery, drug and mass merchandisers. Trade coupons, find freebies, and find local coupon groups. You can trade coupons and view their coupon database! I’ve met lots of friends on HCW!
And if you are looking to print coupon online, check out my list of printable coupon resources here. Every coupon you print helps support our blog!