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Community Coupons

December 20th, 2009 at 12:37 am

After spending some times on SA, I was suddenly struck by an idea which I thought might help people, and was something (novel) to my life. I live in an apartment complex and we have a laundry room. I'm constantly taking mindless trips down there for no apparent reason, and I figured I might as well make myself useful. Why not start a community coupon bin? It could be hung up on the wall and people could add and take coupons as they needed, and should someone find an expired one, we can put a note on it asking everyone to throw away the coupon. (You have time to kill at the laundry matt anyways).

The benefits I figured would be that people tend not to take advantage of things not easily accessible, and for those who don't have computers to visit Coupons.com, having some sort of option would still be nice.

But where was I going to enough coupons to kick this thing off? I went next door to my neighbor who regularly gets the paper. Our apartment complex has just started a recycling center and I knew he'd have some batches of newspaper, and their shiny glossy ads with them. I was right. Two whole batches and 3 hours later I had over 40 coupons and offers valid, cut, and ready to be used!

I grabbed on envelope, wrote a nice message on the front (including Do Not Throw Away Please!) snuck out (at 3.am) and posted it in the laundry.

I climbed out the next night, and discovered the papers ruffled, which meant someone has at least looked at them.

Mission accomplished.

5 Responses to “Community Coupons”

  1. historychick Says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  2. lizajane Says:

    I tried that at our library. In the lobby they had a table with a bin for recycling magazines. I added a little box with coupons and was disappointed to find that people were too lazy (?) to clip the coupons - they just put in the whole sections. I would still go in periodically and add more or take what I needed & take out expired ones. But then the library did away with the whole table for awhile.

    They set it up now where people bring the magazines to the front desk and they decide what goes into the bin, but now the bin is in another section. Either it got too junky-looking for their taste, or someone dropped off some "inappropriate" magazines and kids grabbed them. That's my guess! Anyhow good luck with your coupon swapping.

  3. DeniseNTexas Says:

    That's a really great idea. Some of the grocery stores in our area used to have coupon bins at the front of the store and it worked well for awhile. Eventually though they withdrew those though I don't know why. I think your idea is a nice one and please keep us posted on how that goes. Smile

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Great idea!

  5. Provi Says:

    For the library, I would have asked why they took it down. I don't see why people would take down something that's beneficial to someone.

    Yes. I am worried people might not even contribute, but since I will, I'll keep it up. Someone will appreciate it.

    It would be nice if the grocery stores had it! Oh well. Smile

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