Coupon Classes: Materials For Doing Your Own

July 11, 2009


Here is the information that I promised you all on how to do your own coupon class. Now keep in mind, I’ve only done the one myself. I’m definitely not an expert by any means. But at least this will give you a starting point. Yes, please feel free to use the materials. But if you do, I ask that you credit them at some point in your packets/presentation as having come from Coupon Geek. I only ask that as it took me soo many hours to put these together. :)

Here is the order of how I set up my couponing packet:

1) Cover Sheet – Just a nice little welcome and an explanation of who you are, ex. listing your name/website, for future reference. I put a picture of my blog button so they might be familiar with my blog when they went there.

2) Coupon Lingo – I wrote up an extensive list HERE and shared it with them. I did not go over it in the class but did explain it was in there in case they needed to refer to it while I was talking. I made sure to explain what a catalina, Register Reward and ECB was right away, though.

3) Where To Find Coupons – This is so important for new couponers. They usually have no idea where to start. This will give them a few ideas of where to look for coupons. I have a list HERE you can use.

4) How To Organize Coupons – Now they’ve found their coupons, help them organize them. I wrote the top 3 ways HERE. Visual aids are so useful in this part. You can use an inexpensive shoe box w/ lid from say Target for $1.99 for the coupon box. I happened to have a zippered binder from when I tried that method so I could show them. And the coupon insert method is just an expanding file you can get for $3-5. I got a cute designer one at Target for $5. And the little ones are around $3 at Target. I actually bought an extra for a giveaway. If you wanted to have fun, you could fill an organizer with inserts for a giveaway!

5) Walgreens 101, CVS 101 & Stacking Coupons – Now that their coupons are all organized, teach them how to use them with deals and sales to make the most of those coupons. I wrote this info up HERE. I also did a quick walk-through on Jewel, since that’s where most of our area shops. I talked about how you can use coupons with the “Spend 25, Get $10″ to make great deals and how sometimes the $25 you need to spend is pre-sale prices and not on the sale prices. This segment is by far the most important one to have visual aids for. In my write-up I gave examples of toothpaste, soap, etc. and I actually brought some with to hold up with a coupon while I explained the steps. I’d highly recommend bringing a Register Reward, CVS Extra Care Buck, Catalinas and Store Coupons to show examples of. Find an example of a Store and Manufacturer’s coupon that they could stack. It really does make it easier. If you really want to help, bring the latest sales ad and show them a few deals they could get that week.

6) 31 Ways To Save On Your Grocery Budget (without coupons!) – I put this in my packet in case they decided that couponing just wasn’t for them. That way, they can still work on reducing their grocery budgets. I have these written up at this link. (Note: I only gave the header of each and referred them to my site for the details of each one. It would have taken up way too much paper to write it all out. Also, please note, these are my own work and not something I simply found online and copied into a posting.)

7) Resources – This was the last page in my packet. It listed several websites/blogs that I recommended in helping them find deals & coupons. This is a personal preference of your own favorites.

Overall, the best advice I can give you is to just be yourself. While speaking in public can be a very nervous experience, you will find partway through just how easy it is to speak about couponing, if it’s already something you are pretty good at now. I had so much fun at mine that I completely forgot I was talking in front of people. When mine was over, I handed out a bunch of freebies I collected. These were just things I picked up for free or cheap with my coupons.

In the end, your class shouldn’t break your wallet. So if you wanted to do one for FREE, keep that in mind. I was lucky enough that since I did mine for free, the library made the photocopies for me. They also picked up cookies, water and $1 coupon organizers for everyone from Michael’s. (You could make your own cookies and watch for a good deal on water/coffee.) I picked up pens for FREE at Staples. I already had my visual aids. I did do two giveaways, along with the freebies. Overall, I really didn’t spend a lot. I just gave of my time and knowledge. My class ran about 1.5 hours and then we chatted for awhile afterwards, so I’d figure about two hours.

Good luck to all of you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at coupongeek at live dot com. I should have some free time tomorrow to answer them and I am also going to email the Word Document I used to those of you that requested it. Thanks for being so patient with me while I put this posting together! I had to get a few postings up for the references.

UPDATE: Yes, by all means, if any of you just reading this would like the Word Document I used, I would be more than glad to email it to you, too! :) Just leave a comment on this posting and I’ll send it to you.

{ 822 comments… read them below or add one }

501 emma February 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

hello can i have a copy of the word doc.
thank you

502 coupongeek February 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hi Emma,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

503 dana February 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I would love to have a copy.

Thanks,
Dana

504 coupongeek February 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Dana,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

505 Mel February 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hi Jaycie,
Love your website, thanks for all the great info. Been debating starting a class, but I’m still in the learning phase, although improving each week. I have mastered RiteAid and CVS, but because of higher CoL in Central NY, I am still battling the supermarket. I would love to have a copy of your word doc, both to learn and hopefully to share soon. Thanks a bunch, Mel

506 deborah cagle February 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Can I have a copy of this. I have spoken once on coupons. I was so nervous,. Thanks

507 jovita mccray February 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

I would love a copy.

508 Lori February 22, 2012 at 5:29 am

I would love a copy! Thank you

509 Joy February 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

You would not believe my mother and I are trying t get a class started.

We dont know where to begin. I would like the document email to me as well.

510 Tonya February 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Would you mind e-mailing this to me in a word doc?? Thank you so much for the information

511 Janise February 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Thank you so much for such a wonderful article. I found it just right on time, some friends want to get together so I can teach them how I use coupons. Will it be great to have the word document if you still sending it. I will apreciate it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all us.

512 Giant Sis February 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I’d love your Word doc – I just signed up to teach a coupon class for a local non-profit and have NO clue where to start! This post has given me hope and direction already! :)

513 Tawanna March 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Can I have a copy of the word doc please

514 Aimee March 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

I would love a copy of the word document.

515 Ruth March 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

I, too, would love to get a copy of your information. I am part of a fairly new group that is in need of a little direction and I think some of this information would be beneficial

516 NACOLE VENEGAS March 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Could i get a copy of your word document. Thanks!!

517 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hi Mel,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

518 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Deborah,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

519 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi Jovita,

Just sent it to your via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

520 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi Lori,

Just emailed it to you. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

521 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hi Joy,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

522 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Tonya,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

523 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hi Janise,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

524 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class! :)

Jaycie

525 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hi Tawanna,

Just sent it to you via email. Hope you find some use from it.

Jaycie

526 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hi Aimee,

Just sent it to you via email. Hope you find it useful!

Jaycie

527 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hi Nacole,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class! :)

Jaycie

528 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hi Ruth, :)

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

529 Misty March 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Could I please get your word doc. Thanks in advance :0)

530 coupongeek March 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi Misty,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

531 Laura March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

I just came across your site. So many ladies at church want me to give them a class, but I keep shying away. Could I please get a copy of your document? Thank you for all your hard work!
Laura

532 coupongeek March 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Laura,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

533 Joy March 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thank you so much for the doc. You make it look so easy.

We are going over the packets for class. Will email with an update.

534 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Keep me posted, Joy! Would love to hear how your class went! :)

Jaycie

535 Tonja Okumura April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I would LOVE for you to share your coupon documents with me! THANKS in advance!

536 Jessica April 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I would love to have a copy of your Word document. I am planning my first “real” class for May. I taught one at work to some of my co-workers last month but I had to go through it really fast because some of the participants were actually on the clock and had to get back to work! So, I am wanting to tweak my lesson a little. Thanks! :)

537 Julie Weber April 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

Would love a copy of your word doc

538 coupongeek April 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Tonja,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

539 coupongeek April 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Jessica,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

540 coupongeek April 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Julie,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

541 Kim April 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

I would like to have a copy of the word doc, please. If you are still sharing it.
Thanks,
Kim

542 coupongeek April 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hi Kim,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

543 coocoo4qpons April 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

very good information. can u send me the word document please. thx

544 Shelly Bisanz April 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Stumbled upon your website while googling for info. on class materials. Would love your document please if you can send it. I am loving your site; very informative and user friendly! Thanks for sharing what you know!

545 Nicole April 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Can you please email me the documents too . Thanks

546 Sandy April 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I want to do a class for my co-workers and church. I’d love to have a copy of your word doc. Thanks for putting this together!

547 Lynn April 18, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hi, could I have a copy of your word doc.
Also, was wondering what you use for your blog. I looked into wordpress and blogger.com but nobody can see those. Any ideas?

548 Lorna April 20, 2012 at 2:01 am

I would love to see how you do it im a little over whelmed getting all the info across

549 Angie April 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

Good Morning Jaycie,

I love your site and all the hard work you have done for all of us! Thank you!
If you still have the word doc available could I please get a copy.
Thanks
Have a great day!
Angie

550 Jessie April 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I’d very much appreciate the Word Doc copy, if you are still giving it.
Thanks.

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