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 }

701 coupongeek January 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Celeste,

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


702 Erica January 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Hi i was wondering if you could send me an email with your word document? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

703 coupongeek January 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

Hi Erica,

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


704 Jessica January 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for all of the great info. I was getting stressed about how in the world I was going to organize my class. Will you please email me your word document? Thanks so much

705 coupongeek January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

Hi Jessica,

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


706 David January 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I would love to have your work doc. I am doing a class at my church.

I was couponing for myself and the word got out. So now I have been asked twice now to show how.


707 coupongeek January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hi David,

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


708 Rebecca Kempton January 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Thanks so very much for the info — I would love to look and and use your doc. I going to be teaching a class for the first time ….in Feb – I think I know my stuff ( well sort of …lol) still nervous about teaching others

709 coupongeek January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Rebecca,

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


710 Jennifer January 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’ve been stressing about how to organize my coupon class! Could you email me the word document please?

711 Coreisha February 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Thanks you so much for this infomation. I was getting stressed trying to figure out how in the world I was going to organize my class. I would love for you to email me your word document? Thanks so much and I Love your website:)

712 Jody February 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks you for all the great info. Please send me your work doc. We are having our 2nd class at our church. We have newbies and experianced couponers. We got through everything the first meeting but would like to be more organized. Thanks

713 bridgett macinnis February 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Hi I’m teaching my first class this coming tuesday and would love if you could email me your word document. Thanks so much.

714 coupongeek February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

Hi Jennifer,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!


715 coupongeek February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

Hi Coreisha,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!


716 coupongeek February 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

Hi Jody,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!


717 coupongeek February 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

Hi Bridgett,

Just sent via email. Good luck with your class!


718 Tiffany February 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Thanks so much for the info!! I can tell you put in a lot of energy and time into this for us. Do you mind emailing me the word document as well?


719 Bridgit February 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I have enjoyed your website could you send me the email with the word Doc? Thank you so much!

720 curtis February 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hi, I am teaching my first class and would love the word doc. I was couponing for myself and the word got out. So now I have been asked to show how I do it. .


721 cathy zera-stesney February 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I was wondering if you could please send me the word document? Getting prepared for my first coupon class!

722 jennifer February 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi I will be doing a couponing class in march at our local library this is my first one was wondering if you would send me the documents to my email.



723 shari ginsberg February 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi- Jaycie-
If you would not sending me this via word, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Shari

724 Heather February 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi, I was wondering if you could send me an email with your word document? I would really appreciate it!

I was couponing for my family and I, and the word got out (Due to my husband telling everyone how much money we are saving…lol! ). So now I have been asked to show how several times.

Thanks again :)

725 Carlee March 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I am planning a coupon class as well. Could I also have your word document emailed? Thanks so much for getting all of this information together!

726 Natalie March 6, 2013 at 12:11 am

This is just what i’ve been looking for to help guide a fellow military wife and I with our first couponing class. Thank you so much, and if you could email me your word document, we would greatly appreciate it! :)

727 Dina Smith March 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Hello, I wil lbe holding my first class next month. Could you please email me a copy of your word document? It would be very helpful. I am still trying to figure out how to organize it.

728 Danielle Stull March 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm


Thank you for this wonderful site. I am very new to the couponing world but would love if you might e-mail me your word document? Thank’s again for being so generous as to share your awesome tips wtih the world! :) -Danielle

729 Kylie Medford March 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

Thanks for the information will you send me an email with your word documents

730 kim March 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

I am also trying to start a class/and or community at my church and would love to have the word document!!! I will mention you in my classes. Thank you so much.

731 Karen March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for the coupon class last night! The freebies were just icing on the cake!
Can’t wait to start saving big money. Will do my best to make my teacher proud. :)

732 kristina walker March 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

I will be teaching a class and yes I would like to have a word document sent via email please. Also I have a question. I’ve been using RR and double stacking at Wal-Greens for a few years. The cashier typically puts all the coupons in their own order when using them. Is there a reason why you need to use RR first, and the store coupon last?

733 Nikki March 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

Will you please email me the word document? I have so many people that are asking me to do a class and I have never done before. Thank you!!

734 denise March 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

please send me the document for the coupon class. thank you. I have an employee who is amazing and could make help so many people if she could share her information. She knows the stores, prices, policies, rainchecks, I went with her today to an expensive store i would never shop at. I saved 51.15 on my bill WOW. Also if you have any tips can you please share. thanks

735 coupongeek March 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

Aw, you’ve already made me proud, Karen, by taking the step to try to save money with coupons. I’m here if you have any questions as you work through learning everything.

Thank you for taking time out of your evening to come to the class. It was a fun time! :)


736 Courtney March 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I love all your tips. My church has askedme to do a class for our Women’s Ministry. I would love the documents you used!

737 Jennifer Gore March 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I would love the word document for a class I am working on and planning for our local free-cycle group members that I am doing for free for them, thanks in advance!

738 Winnie March 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hi! I’d like the materials emailed to me. Thanks so much.

739 Bunni hinton March 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi i was wondering if you could send me an email with your word document? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

740 Lauren March 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hi, Could you email me the document please? I’m doing a short workshop this week on couponing. :)

741 KT March 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

Can you please email me the word docs? thank you :)

742 connie barrentine April 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

please i need some names places anybody who teaches clases or where to find a class please i am from 20 to 30 minutes from fortpayne al tks

743 Yahya April 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hello, thanks for the information above. Can you send the word document at your convenience.

Thanks bunches!!!!!


744 Ashley April 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Can u please email me the documents…TIA

745 Ia April 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

I would love to have a copy of your word doc., my friends and family wanna learn so this will help them out a lot… And it would make the class so much easier.. Thanks you so much!!!

746 Kimberleigh April 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

i would love a copy of the word documents if you dont mind please :)

747 Katie April 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I would love the word document you used!

748 james April 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for all you do, I am alittle nervous as im doing my first class this weekend, could I also get a copy of your document!!!

749 Tasha April 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Would you be so kind to email me your word document as I am teaching my first class this weekend and I like the information you have provided. Thanks.

750 Stephanie April 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Hi, I was wondering if you were still emailing copies of your word document? I have been couponing a little over a year now and give a lot to friends and family. After a lot of bugging from them, I finally agreed to teach a small class about it. What was once about 8 close friends and family members being in the class has since spread by word of mouth and facebook to their friends. A class of 8 just turned into a class of 31! Holy Moly! We live in a small farming community that would definitely benefit from a class like this but no one here has ever done it; until now. Would appreciate all the help I can get and being an English major who knows about the work that goes into writing all this up, I will definitely credit you in everything I use from the site! Keep up the awesome work, love your blog :)

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