Long before I was “Couponing to Disney”, I was active on couponing forums. (I actually got my start on Babycenter.) I learned how to coupon, I found deals and I traded coupons…..
Trading coupons is a GREAT way to get more coupons and get rid of the ones you have. But it can be incredibly overwhelming to get started.
Here are the 3 sites that I have traded on before:
Here’s what you can trade:
- Coupons (insert and non insert coupons (these are coupons that came from everywhere but inserts). Non insert coupons are the most popular ones to trade.)
- Rebate forms (you can find both rebate forms for products as well as No Beer Purchase Required rebates)
- Box Tops for Education (also called BTFEs)
It is a lot of information to absorb when you just get started trading. I highly suggest that you start with just one site before moving on to the others. Hot Coupon CXorld is probably the easiest one to use, so I would start with that one.
The very first thing you need to do after you join is read through the rules. It is important that you always follow the rules. The ones that will pertain to you the most are Rules for: Trades: Current Coupons, Rules for: Haves Lists: Have Coupons or Actuals, and Trade Rules for: Wish Lists: Seeking Coupons or Actuals for Trade.
Once you have a good understanding of the rules, you are ready to move on.
You should now be completely educated and feel ready to start trading.
The forum that you will start trading in is called Trades: Current Coupons and Offers. Just look for someone who either has what you want or is looking for something that you have.
Trading is really something that you learn as you go. The more you trade, the easier it will get. I have over 500 trades under my belt. I think it is a GREAT way to get coupons.
- For the first 5 or so trades you make, you will likely be required to mail your end first. So don’t be surprised if this is asked of you.
- Sometimes people won’t want to trade with you. Don’t get your feelings hurt. It is nothing personal.
- Always make sure you mail out your end of the coupons on time.
- If a trade sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I have gotten burned a few times. Remember that dishonest people trade coupons too.
- The longer you trade, the easier it will get to recognize hot coupons from not so hot coupons. It is a learning process, just like bargain shopping.
Do you trade coupons? If so, which sites are your favorites? Any tips you want to share?