The first part of our Guide to Using Coupons was about how to find coupons. This next part is all about how to start a coupon train!
Coupon Trains are a great way to pass on coupons you won’t be using. As well as get some coupons you may need.
Often times, when I am cutting coupons in the Sunday Inserts, there are several that I don’t cut out. Instead of tossing them in the recycling bin, start a coupon train with friends, family, and coworkers.
How to Start a Coupon Train
Start by calling, emailing, or texting people that you know. Ask them if they are interested in starting a Coupon Train.
Don’t stick with friends just in your area. Reach out to people you know in other states as well. You might get a better variety of coupons!
Next, gather a list of everyone that is interested in a Coupon Train. Write down their names and address. Make the list numerical and place yourself at the top. Send each member a copy of the list.
Now, gather all the coupons that you won’t be using. Place them in an envelope and mail them to the 2nd Person on the list.
Leave instructions in the envelope for members. Tell them to remove the coupons they want and replace them with the same number of coupons. Have them mail out the envelope within 2-3 days so coupons don’t expire.
The Coupon Train envelope then gets mailed on to the next person on the list. This continues until it gets back to you. It’s as easy as that.
Coupon Trains are a great way to pass on savings and gain some extra savings. Here is a sample letter you can send to your Coupon Train Members.
Sample Coupon Train Letter
Hello Coupon Train Members,
Thank you for joining the Coupon Train! When you receive the Train Envelope by mail, go through and take out any coupons that you can us and replace them with coupons you won’t use. If you take out 5, replace them with 5. Within 2-3 Days send back out the Train Envelope to the next member on the route and you are all set.
If you decide to give a Coupon Train a try, or already do one, leave us a comment and let us know how it goes.
I was on one, but sometimes they didn’t send out their coupons in a timely manner. Also, got some expired coupons. So, I quit.