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.

{ 823 comments… read them below or add one }

551 Renae Shaw April 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hello, I would like to know if you can e-mail me the information in a word document?

Thanks,
Renae

552 Nicole April 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

I would love a copy.
Thanks, Nicole :)

553 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Coocoo4qpons,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

554 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Hi Shelly,

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

Thank you for the compliments on the blog! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

555 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hi Nicole,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

556 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hi Sandy,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck teaching your classes to your co-workers and church members!

Blessings,
Jaycie

557 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Hi Lynn,

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

Not sure what you mean by nobody can see wordpress and blogger? Overall, I recommend wordpress as it has a lot more features and blogger has a tendency to shut down blogs with no warning. Hope that helps!

Blessings,
Jaycie

558 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Angie,

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

Thank you for the kind words! Truly appreciated!

Blessings,
Jaycie

559 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Jessie,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

560 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Renae,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

561 coupongeek April 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Hi Nicole,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

562 The Frugal Gal April 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hi! I would love a copy of your word document. I actually just started couponing, and I’ve had about four people tell me I should have a class on it! I am so glad I came across your website…this is a great place to start!

Thanks!
Jennifer

563 coupongeek April 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Hi Jennifer,

Just emailed it to ya. Good luck with your class! :)

Blessings,
Jaycie

564 Sharon May 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I have really just starting couponing myself, but close collegues think I am pretty good at what I am doing and want to know all about it, so I am going to teach my first Coupon Class. I have no idea where to start so I woud love to have you send me your Word Document 1. Thank you for your time.

565 courtney May 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

please send me your word version.I am having a coupon class in Virginia in a few days.

566 tijuana smith May 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

hi! i am not sure how old this post is, but i would love to be emailed the word document. thanks for all you do! :)

-tijuana

567 Candi Callahan May 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Could you please send me a copy?

568 coupongeek May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hi Sharon,

Just sent it to you via email.

Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

569 coupongeek May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hi Courtney,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

570 coupongeek May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hi Tijuana,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

571 coupongeek May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hi Candi,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

572 Ann May 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

i am getting ready to teach my first couponing class. even though i have been couponing for 5 years, i am still nervous. i have read through your blog and i can tell you have put a lot of work into this. i was wondering if you minded sending me a copy too? i have never really shopped at wal-greens or cvs and i think i may need help. i have the general concept…

Thank you for sharing your hard work with us.

573 coupongeek May 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hi Ann,

Sent a copy to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

574 Natalie May 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I would like a copy email to me. Thank you also do you charge ppl to come to your classes

575 Cheryl May 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hello,
I would love a copy of your word doc. I’m giving my 1st class next month. Very excited. God bless!

576 Desi May 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I would love a copy please!! :)

577 Marisa May 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hello! I would LOVE a copy sent to me. I am going to teach a class at my church. I was also wondering whether or not you charge people to come to our class..? Thank you so much for your time and the effort that you make to help others learn how to save money!

578 Lisa May 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

i WOULD LOVE A COPY OF YOUR WORD DOCUMENT…THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!

579 Brittany May 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Hello! I would really appreciate if you could email me a copy.

Thanks!!

580 coupongeek May 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hi Cheryl,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

581 coupongeek May 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hi Desi,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

582 coupongeek May 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Lisa,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

583 coupongeek May 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Brittany,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

584 coupongeek May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Marisa,

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

I don’t charge for my classes but I only teach them to charities and community organizations like the library.

Blessings,
Jaycie

585 Angie Stone May 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Would love to have a copy of your documents. I’m really impressed with how organized all your information is. Thanks!!!

586 coupongeek May 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Hi Angie,

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

Jaycie

587 Edie May 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hi Jaycie,
Can you please email me a copy of your word document? You did an amazing job!!!!!

588 coupongeek May 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hi Edie,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

589 Tia May 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hi Jaycie,

Great information. I am trying to get connected with family services and provide them budgeting and cooking classes, as well as life skills training. Can I please have the word document you used sent to me?

Thanks!

590 coupongeek May 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hi Tia,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

591 Beverly June 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I would love a copy if you are still able to e-mail it.

Thank you!!!

592 April Eppley June 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks so much for all the valuable information! Could you send me your word document? I can’t wait to share it with all my families at school! Thanks again for all you do!

593 coupongeek June 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hi April,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

594 coupongeek June 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi Beverly,

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

Blessings,
Jaycie

595 Mini Money Savers June 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Please send me the word document you use, we are going to strt a couponing class at our local library.

596 Teresa Welly June 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I would love any info you have on teaching classe.

597 Broderick June 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I would really like a copy! I was actually working on the curriculum for a class and this would make it so much easier! I am going to charge for my class because I am holding it at a restaurant so my students can eat and learn!

598 coupongeek June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Hi Mini Money Savers,

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

Jaycie

599 coupongeek June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Hi Teresa,

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

Jaycie

600 coupongeek June 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hi Broderick,

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

Jaycie

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