Starting Your Own Coupon Train as a First Time Mom
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Sometimes you don’t get all the coupons that you need. To get the deals you want, you may have to go hunting for the coupons that will give you those deals. However, as a first time mother, you probably don’t have time for that. This means that you can either forget about the coupons or you can get involved with a coupon train. If you don’t have a coupon train in your area, you can create one for yourself. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
The Basics for a Coupon Train
A coupon train is essentially a network of seven to eight individuals who share their coupons. You gather up all the coupons that you get in the mail. You then take out the ones that you’re using, and you mail all the others on to the next person on the train. This person goes through the coupons, takes out what she wants, and then she forwards it on. Everyone keeps track of all their coupons, and they make sure that everyone has a chance to use the coupons that the others could not use. This will allow you to quickly maximize on a number of great deals.
Consider Approaching People You Know
Ideally, your coupon train should probably be composed of people you already know. That makes it more likely that everyone will follow through. However, you can use the Internet to increase your access to others. When putting together your list, try to avoid other women with kids in your particular age group if you can. Competition for diaper coupons will be stronger, otherwise. Having other moms on the list is not necessarily a bad thing. Just remember that you will not get as many of the coupons that you need if others want the same ones.
Set Up a Clear List
The biggest problems that come from coupon trains develop over ambiguities and misunderstandings. The first thing that you must make sure is clear is the order in which everyone is to send their coupons. The second thing that you need to make sure is clear is how the coupons are to be sent. Make sure that everyone knows how much time should be left on the coupons before their expiration and what kinds of coupons are not acceptable. If you have other rules that you want everyone to follow, make sure that these are clearly stated. You can’t fault people for doing something they don’t realize you want them to avoid if you haven’t told them not to do it.
If you are trying to find good deals on the various products you need for your baby, coupons are the obvious solution. However, if you can’t find enough coupons in your mail, then you might want to consider turning to a coupon train. Starting your own is easy to do. You should ideally approach individuals you know and potentially avoid other moms so that you will have greater access to the coupons you need. But most importantly, make sure that everything for the coupon train is clear to avoid misunderstandings and confusion.