Guest Post: What is a Coupon Train?

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My friends over at VoucherCodes.ca have a very interesting article on Coupon Trains!

''What Is A Coupon Train and How Can You Join One
Do you collect coupons? You’re not alone – there’s a big community of collectors out there who are constantly on the hunt for ways to trim their monthly expenses. Of course, if you dive deep enough into this hobby, you’re sure to end up with more than you can actually use. That’s where coupon trains come in.
Let’s assume that you have a few extra coupons for a great product that you happen to already be stocked up on. Wouldn’t it be great to trade these with someone else who has extras of a particular coupon that you might want? Promoted and organized through online forums, a coupon train is a unique way to get the coupons you want.
How It Works
A train is started by gathering roughly 100 coupons that will not be used, and then posting the information on a forum Coupon Clipping. “Riders” can then respond to this post with their mailing address and interest in joining. They can also submit a wish list of any coupons they are particularly looking to acquiring.
Once the train has enough riders (typically 3-6), the leader or the “conductor” types out the list of names, mailing addresses and wish lists in a specific order that this train should follow. The conductor then puts the list and the 100 coupons into an envelope and mails it to the first rider on the mailing list.
When the first rider receives the envelope, the desired coupons are removed and the expired ones are discarded. The only stipulation is that whatever amount of coupons that are removed, the same amount needs to be put back. A responsible rider should pay attention to the wish list, and try to share coupons that are in particular demand wherever possible.
Once the rider is finished, the topped-up envelope and the wish list are sent to the next rider on the list. The train carries on like this until it circles back to the conductor. It can even start back up again afterwards if everyone is in agreance for it to continue. 
Where To Catch The Train
Joining a coupon train is easy – simply search for an online coupon train forum that you like, then look for posts from people starting new trains. Some will focus on a particular range of products, or have rules about things like how many coupons each rider should contribute.
Once you find a train that suits you, simply send a message to the train leader with your contact information and state your interest in joining.
Coupon Train Etiquette
In addition to restocking the envelope with at least as many coupons as you take, there are a few other general rules one should follow. First, remember that time is of the essence as coupons typically have expiration dates. Once you receive an envelope, take what you want, then refill it and send it to the next rider as soon as possible to keep the train rolling. Related to this, try not to add a bunch of coupons that are at or near their expiration dates.
Second, be thorough about checking the envelope weight and paying correctpostage. Envelopes can be delayed or returned for insufficient postage, and this can completely derail the train. Finally, avoid adding several duplicate coupons when refilling the envelope. Two or three of the same coupon is about as many as you should add.
No matter what though, don’t forget to have fun with coupon trains!
Erin Kerr
Daily on the hunt for great deals and exclusive store coupon codes, Erin also regularly posts on her Bargains Blog located on VoucherCodes.ca. Be sure to drop by and chat with her!"

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