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How to create and host a coupon swap

Coupon Swap party: Large party in full force
Coupon Swap party: Large party in full force

Have you ever attended a coupon swap? Have you heard a friend talking about going to a coupon swap? Coupon swap parties are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. If you can’t find a regularly scheduled coupon swap in your local area, why not set up and host your own?

Coupon Swap

You may not find a lot of coupons you would use when you go through them from the Sunday newspaper; however the few that you do want can multiply fast in a coupon swap. It’s a very easy way to stock up on the few coupons you know you will always use.

On a side note, hosting or attending a coupon swap will not turn you into one of those people with a big binder at the store that blocks the aisles as they search for coupons for each and every one of their purchases.

So how do you set up and host a coupon swap party? It’s actually easier than most of the home parties you have gone to that your friends have hosted; and instead of hoping their friends will spend lots of money (so that they can get deeper discounts), everyone will walk away a little bit richer.

Here’s what you need to host a coupon swap party:

  • A table of some sort
  • Chairs
  • Scissors (most people bring their own)
  • A bowl or two of munchies (not necessary, but very hospitable)

How a coupon swap works:

  1. Bring your coupons already cut out in an envelope.
  2. You don't need to sort them
  3. The group usually sits in a circle and passes around the envelopes to the person to the right. Take the coupons you want out and put the rest back in to pass on to the next person.
  4. Once you get your envelope back, you know you have been through all the coupons.
  5. In really large groups, couponers often sit in groups of 5 to 8 people to swap

What to say on the coupon swap invitation:

  • Date and time for the coupon swap
  • Location of swap including address
  • Host contact info to RSVP or ask questions. An e-mail address is the best for contact information. You may want to create a new free e-mail just for swapping from somewhere like Yahoo or Gmail. That way if the invitations get posted on a public board, your private contact information will remain private.

You will be surprised how many of your friends might jump at the chance to attend a coupon swap party. Why not give it a try. If you don’t want to have it at your house, try calling your local library, Chamber of Commerce, or a civic group that has its own building to see if you can use their facilities.

Have fun and happy saving!

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