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Do we need to start charging for our Coupon Classes?

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We are starting to see a trend not only for us but other bloggers as well that hold free  coupon classes. Please be considerate when you sign up for a coupon class. We do not charge for our classes but people are really starting to take advantage of that. They are reserving spots and then not showing up leaving others who really wanted to get in out to dry. I really do not want to have to start charging for our classes in order to get people to commit. This happened at our Buy For Less Class Tuesday night! Not only that but people are working hard to put packets together and companies are putting their resources in for prizes and goody bags for you.

We will be reviewing the next 6 months worth of classes and if this continues to be a habit we will in fact have to rethink about offering classes for free. Our moms who teach are taking time out of their families schedule to come show you how to save money. Let’s try to be more considerate. Do not sign up for a class if you are not for sure you can make it.


If you would like to have a coupon class taught in your area. Please email us with a date, time and location. Let us know if this will be a private class or you would like to have open to the public and we will advertise it for you.

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  • Sarah Michelle Wiggins via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:38 PM

    I’m sure a simple reminder will help

  • via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:39 PM

    We do lot’s of reminders Sarah Michelle Wiggins 🙂

  • Joan Adolf via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:40 PM

    I don’t think a simple reminder will work. Maybe not letting them sign up again for 6 months would do it. Some people just have NO consideration for others. I’d hate to see a few bad “apples” spoil it for everyone though.

  • via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:45 PM

    We do so many that it is hard to keep track though and it’s happening a lot!

  • Joan Adolf via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:49 PM

    Ones that don’t show up jot down their info. When they try and sign up again tell them no and why. Let everyone from now on know of the new rule. Might make a few think about it but it still will not stop the problem. Maybe make people put down a deposit. They get the deposit back when they show up. If a no show no money back.

  • via Facebook January 12, 2012, 6:59 PM

    I remember the 1st private class I taught when only 1 person showed up and there were others that had small turnouts also and we turned people away from the class. ~Princess Karen

  • Terresa S January 12, 2012, 7:02 PM

    I must take responsibility, I believe it was last month when I signed up to attend. At the last minute I was unable to attend because my son had his first job interview and I had to take him to that. I had no way of cancelling at the last minute. I am very sorry and will not let it happen again 🙂

  • Jessica Smith via Facebook January 12, 2012, 7:08 PM

    the deposit idea is a great idea i think! i just wish we had them in cleveland ohio!

  • via Facebook January 12, 2012, 7:45 PM

    I like the idea of the deposit too…it holds people accountable yet they get their money back when they show up and we can still keep the classes free ~ Queen Mum

  • Sarah Michelle Wiggins via Facebook January 12, 2012, 7:52 PM

    Just from personal experience, I never got a reminder. Or even a time or address. Normally events on fb explode you with reminders. That being said I think a deposit would absolutely not harm anything! Good work consumer queen

  • via Facebook January 12, 2012, 8:09 PM

    dang I hit enter instead of shift lol last post was also supposed to say TY Sarah 🙂

  • Connie Enderle via Facebook January 12, 2012, 8:13 PM

    No deafeating it’s purpose!

  • Claire DeRidder via Facebook January 12, 2012, 8:13 PM

    I for one am glad they offer the classes for free. I have learned so much from them. People have to remember they do NOT have to teach the classes for free and cannot come and take your hand and say it is time for class come on now, there comes a time when you are an adult and you should remember what you signed up for and have the decency to cancel if you cannot make it. Just because it is free does not make their time any less valuable. [off my soapbox now]

  • Stacie McAlary Holly via Facebook January 12, 2012, 10:10 PM

    I like the deposit idea.

  • via Facebook January 13, 2012, 8:24 AM

    So the deposit would be via paypal? – Consumer Queen

  • Amy Bebout via Facebook January 13, 2012, 11:09 AM

    I would pay to attend one, but the deposit idea isn’t bad either.


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