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Anyone else out there have friends begging you to teach them your couponing ways? Are your neighbors google-eyed and jaw dropped when looking at your stockpile? Then maybe it's time you thought about having your very own couponing class. This is something that I had personally considered doing for months, but could I pull it off? I mean, I'd only been couponing myself for 6 months. Could I really teach others how to be successful?
I finally decided that since I was already answering their couponing questions then I might as well teach a class. So I did.
Here are some tips on how to make it happen:
1. Get an idea of who's interested. Start by spreading the news about your plan. I asked around at church and sent out a Facebook message wondering who would be interested. I got a handful of yeses. The last thing you want is a class with only two people that show up. EPIC FAIL!
2. Pick a venue and send invites. If your home isn't big enough consider asking to use a church or school multi-purpose room. These are also great places to hand out flyers/invites to your class.
3. Know your stuff. This class can only be successful if you know what you're talking about. I personally used the book Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey! along with The Krazy Coupon Lady’s beginner page as a guide for my class.
4. Make a list or flashcards of your topics/bullet points. Plan, plan, plan. Don't just get in front of your guests and "wing it." Know ahead of time every area you want to address. For example: Where to Find Coupons, How to Organize a Binder, How to Understand Coupon Lingo, etc.
5. Have a few examples. Your teaching will really have an impact when guests are able to see firsthand how you coupon. Walk through a start to finish transaction (or two) so they can get the idea. Visuals are great, so bring the actual product(s) and the receipt(s). (You know that some of those receipts you've been considering framing will speak a thousand words!)
6. Leave time for questions. Many will have questions once you are done sharing. Make sure you plan for this, and don't make the class too long: short and sweet makes for happy students!
All right! Get to planning, and go out there and create some couponing monsters. If you do it right, they should be better than you before you know it.
This has been a guest post by Audrey from Oceanside, CA
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