How to have a Coupon Party

Posted 01-6-2010 at 09:07 AM by 2vette2camaro

I must admit, when I first mentioned the idea of a “coupon party” to some of my friends, they weren’t very excited. The idea came about when I started thinking about all the different kinds of parties that I had been to- Home Interior, Mary Kay, Tupperware, etc and it dawned on me that all of these parties were to try and SELL you something, and that if you didn’t buy anything, you always felt just a little guilty for being there in the first place.  I wanted to have a party where I was NOT trying to sell anything, but yet wanted to have good conversation with other people who enjoyed being frugal as much as I did and who were either using coupons already or who were intrigued by the use of coupons.   I decided to have my first party in January of 2009- after all the holidays were over and maybe people were looking for a fresh start on how to live better and save more money in the coming year.

I first mentioned my idea on Freecycle to see if there was any interest. I then posted it on Myspace and drew some attention and even got one phone call from a friend I used to work with.  Since the idea of the whole party was about being frugal but yet still living good, I was not serving lobster and caviar, lol.  I used things from my stockpile such as cheese, crackers and even a new charger that I had picked up while getting some overage.  I just happened to go into a local Supermarket (which I NEVER go into) and in the marked- down cart was an AWESOME sheet cake for $3.00!  I felt like that was meant to be, that that cake was put there just for my frugal party.  I had a stockpile of paper plates, cups, and napkins that I had picked up for .25 so that everything at the party was frugal.  I asked everyone to bring their extra coupons, but if they didn’t have any, that was fine too.  I even handed out door prizes.  Since I was the only person doing extreme couponing at the time, I showed everyone my binder and we looked over all the sales ads.

The first party I only had 4 people show up but what fun it was.  We all sat around and passed the coupons around to everyone and I had enough pairs of scissors  so that no one had to share.  As we sat around and swapped coupons, shared stories of good deals, products that actually  WORK, and store policies it dawned on the guests that this was DEFINITELY a fun party.  We realized then that this was something that we wanted to do every month.  Since I didn’t want to be responsible for having to deep clean my house very month (I am OCD) it was decided that at each party a guest would then volunteer to have the next party at their house.  After the very first party, there has been a party held at LEAST once a month at someone’s house.  Some of the parties have themes, such as when I was honored and lucky enough to be selected to host the Clairol House Party, I also made it a “Coupon Party”.  Some of the parties have had the theme of recycling, cheap but fast dinner meals, an ice cream social, parties where everyone brings something to share with all the other guests, etc.  Not only am I into couponing, but also into sharing.  My original purpose was to create some sort of  “co-op” where people could swap not only their coupons, but their products as well.

I am fixing to have my first party of 2010 on January 9th and it is going to focus more on Department stores, such as Hallmark and JcPenney. I have left up my Christmas tree and decorations and want to focus on how AFC can help them find the deals, such as the $10.00 JCP code and the $5.00 Hallmark coupon that was out, not just on groceries and HBA items.   I want to be able to show people that I live very well, I just do it as a “Frugalista”.


25 Responses to “How to have a Coupon Party”

  1. BargainSeeker on January 6th, 2010 11:34 am

    Sounds like such great fun! Wish I lived near you! Good luck on your first party of the year! Let us know how it went.

  2. courtne21 on January 6th, 2010 1:51 pm

    What a fun idea!!!! Good luck with your first 2010 party.

  3. lallyy on January 6th, 2010 5:11 pm

    Terrific idea. Very inventive way to share your gift of saving. This would also work well with family members is you are lucky enough to live around family.

  4. xboxundone on January 6th, 2010 5:32 pm

    great article!

  5. Snugglebunnyac on January 7th, 2010 6:11 am

    Wow what an awesome idea!!! Everyone is always asking how we do it – this would be GREAT for us to do also.

  6. doubleamom on January 7th, 2010 7:18 am

    This is a great way to get friends started on couponing! I think I might have to plan one when the snow clears.

  7. busylizzy on January 7th, 2010 7:20 am

    WOW! I wish I lived near you so that I could come!!! LOL! Good luck and I hope to head how it goes!!!!

  8. JaimeDae on January 7th, 2010 7:22 am

    Great article! Thanks.

  9. brandyu on January 7th, 2010 7:28 am

    The article is great but several places are blocked by the Google ads. Is there any way to fix that?

  10. brandyu on January 7th, 2010 7:29 am

    Nevermind. I refreshed and they weren’t there anymore. Thanks!

  11. sdf on January 7th, 2010 7:39 am

    This sounds like so much fun!

  12. bellsandbabies on January 7th, 2010 7:49 am

    Great idea!!!! I think I will do the same! I have a blog, Coupon Keri and a facebook page and have about 100 followers on there. A lot are local so I think I could end up with a decent sized party! Any more great ideas?

  13. Charlysmommy on January 7th, 2010 8:23 am

    Fun! I want to come!

  14. 2vette2camaro on January 7th, 2010 8:36 am

    Bellsandbabies- YES, that is a great way to get started. I have have a blog, and a Facebook page linking to my blog. Those are great places to get local people involved and wanting to come to a “Coupon party”. You will probably need to explain what a “Coupon party” is, but after people come to the first one, they will be HOOKED. Like I said in the article, I like to make everything frugal in every way, not only about coupons. I gave out the door prizes at the first one to try and entice the people that weren’t so sure of the party idea.
    At one of the parties a girl brought coffee mugs for everyone that she had gotten free and then did a presentation oh how to make hot cocoa and how things like that make great gifts. The ideas are endless and at each one even I learn something new!

  15. LSkinner on January 7th, 2010 9:01 am

    How fun! My friends all laugh at me about my extreme couponing. But I am the one who gets the last laugh!

  16. laddcocoa on January 7th, 2010 9:19 am

    What a great idea. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  17. Live4my3 on January 7th, 2010 9:44 am

    Great article!! I wish we actually had coupons around here so I could organize a coupon swap/party :) Enjoy your next party!!

  18. Mom2Ways on January 7th, 2010 12:26 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! That would be great when purchasing a bundle of inserts from a bulk supplier. ….Thinking…. :)

  19. flower_mom on January 7th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Very cool…I agree about sharing the workload/changing houses every month, so you get to enjoy it!!

  20. fredysmama on January 7th, 2010 11:24 pm

    Makes me want to party now!

  21. catlover762 on January 8th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Super Idea!

  22. supershopmom on January 8th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Sounds like my kinda party!

  23. Snugglebunnyac on January 11th, 2010 5:36 am

    I just have to add that I have already planned my first coupon party based on this article! We are throwing it January 31 (a Sunday!!) in the afternoon. My friend who just started getting into couponing said we could use her house to throw it and we are expecting about 9 people. I will be handing out store coupon policies to all the guests and explaining the “how to” steps to them!! My friends are all SUPER excited to learn how to save big!!

    Thank you for the great idea!

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  25. MamaBerry on January 20th, 2010 12:35 pm

    I’ve had fun doing this too. Especially since everyone has the dreaded ‘obligatory purchase’ at the ‘other’ parties. We get to share my free/nearly free snacks and everyone can share ideas and mostly learn. Keep up the good work and ‘pay it forward.’

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