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Smart Shopper Coupon & Cookie Swap and Food Drive!

Posted November 2, 2015

Peppermint sugar cookies

You are invited to the 2nd Annual WRAL Smart Shopper Holiday Coupon Swap, Cookie Exchange and Food Drive!

Let's share some coupons, enjoy some cookies and make some donations to a great cause!

Event details:

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: WRAL TV, 2619 Western Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27606

Space is limited to first 25 people to register.

How it Works:

If you plan to come, you’ll need to bring coupons to swap, cookies/sweets to exchange and at least one non-perishable item to donate to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Feel free to bring more than one item to donate!

If you only want to come to the Coupon Swap and bring a donation for the Food Drive, that's fine as well. Not everyone is into a cookie swap and that's just fine with us.

Coupon Swap:

We’ll start the event with a Coupon Swap. Bring your unwanted coupons already cut and in a plastic bag or envelope. After everyone briefly introduces themselves and shares how long they have been couponing, we will all sit around the table and pass the coupon envelopes from one person to the next until they have gone all the way around and you get your envelope back. Take out the coupons you will use from the other envelopes and pass the rest on.

There is no need to sort the coupons by product type, but I usually paper clip the pet food coupons together and the baby product coupons together in the envelope I bring to share so people who don’t use those products can just skip over them. Again that is not necessary, just helps move things along.

Additional tips: Please make sure your coupons are already cut out of the inserts so folks don’t have to spend the time fumbling with scissors.

Please make sure all coupons are in date and that there are no expired coupons in the envelope you bring to share with others.

Expired Coupons: If you have expired coupons, you can also bring them in a separate envelope. We will send them to our US military overseas who can use them at commissaries on US bases for up to 6 months after they have expired. The expired coupons should be no more than 3 months expired so there is plenty of time for the coupons to get to the bases. We want to make sure that the soldiers and their families have enough time to use them.

Cookie/Sweets Exchange:

After the Coupon Swap, we will have a Cookie/Sweets Exchange! Each person who attends this event should bring 5 dozen of the same type of cookie or sweet treat to share. That’s 60 sweet treats per person.

Feel free to bring cookies, fudge, candy, brownies or another favorite holiday treat that is easy to separate into individual servings. We aren't not limiting this to only cookies because sometimes your favorite holiday recipe is not a cookie. Plus, we’ll have a wider variety to take home if there are more than cookies to share.

You do not have to separate them out ahead of time into individual containers or bags. Just bring all 60 treats in one or 2 containers.

Each person should bring an additional empty container to fill with the treats from the swap. It needs to be big enough to hold 5 dozen cookies/sweets. You bring 5 dozen of one type of treat to share and you go home with 5 dozen treats of all different types!

Before the exchange starts, each person will stand with her/his cookie and briefly describe the cookie and why you picked that one to bring (Grandma’s favorite recipe, wanted to try something new, etc).

When the cookie exchange starts, each person will go through the line and take 2 of each of the different cookies. Then we will all make a second pass at the cookie table and each person can take a total of 10 more cookies of any kind. At that point, you will have 60 total cookies to take home. Yum!

Please bring a piece of paper with the name of the treat on it to place in front of your creation so we all know what you made.

Last year there were some delicious treats! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.

For those with allergies: there were a number of treats with peanut butter and various nuts last year so keep that in mind if you plan to attend.

Additional tips:

Please do not bring treats that are really messy or gooey (like pie). They need to be easy to transport.

If you really want to join us, but you don’t bake or you simply do not have the time, I totally understand. You can still bring quality store made cookies/sweets from the bakery (grocery store bakery is just fine). Just be sure to bring 5 dozen to share.

If you would like to e-mail the recipe for your creation to me, I will compile them all and post them on the blog so all our readers can enjoy them.

Food Dive:

Please bring at least one non-perishable item to donate to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Feel free to bring more than one item to donate! You can find out more about the Food Bank on their website.

Since this event is limited to the first 25 people to register, please let us know a few days in advance if you will not be able to attend so we can open up the spot for someone else.

To Register:

Send me an e-mail at to let me know you want to attend. If you know what type of treat you want to bring, include that as well. If not, it's not necessary.

I am looking forward to another fun holiday blog get-together!


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  • jtlnsw Nov 3, 2015

    Sent an email. Would love to see you all this year. Missed the last one.

  • jdouglas13 Nov 3, 2015

    Faye, is that a request for the wedding cookie thingys? ;) You know I have trouble making decisions sometimes, so it's very likely I may bring more than one kind of cookie...

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 3, 2015

    nwgodchild - you can mail them to me at PO Box 1688, Clayton, NC 27520 or you can mail them directly to a base through this link:

  • ascherer Nov 3, 2015

    NWGODCHILD - did you email Faye at the email in this main post. I think she can assist you with that. Thanks for thinking about our soldiers and their families.

  • nwgodchild Nov 2, 2015

    Hi, can I mail my expired coupons to WRAL?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 2, 2015

    Got the second batch of swap sign-ups and you are all on the list. :-)

    Yep - I also vote for the amazing whole jar of PB cookies, Raesmom!

    And I am all for the peppermint bark chocolate cookies, ascherer!

    jdouglas13 - you are an awesome cookie baker so whatever you bring will be wonderful. If you make those wedding cookie thingies you got me addicted to last year, my diet may not survive the day.

  • jdouglas13 Nov 2, 2015

    Yay for the cookie swap!! I am SO looking forward to it especially since I missed it last year. I will be there for sure, probably with my DW as well. I'm not sure what kind of cookies I'll be bringing yet and probably won't know until a couple of day before.

  • ascherer Nov 2, 2015

    Count me in. I'm thinking peppermint bark chocolate cookies. It is a new recipe and I want to try it before I commit to it.

    Raesmom - I vote for your "whole jar of peanut butter" cookies. They were awesome.

  • raesmom1612 Nov 2, 2015

    YAY Faye cant wait to see one of your teens lol Its gonna be so fun. Good luck on the SAT's to your oldest....those things were no fun :/ I'm thinking either sugar cookies or the famous "whole jar of peanut butter" cookies from last year......decisions decisions......

  • Luci19lu Nov 2, 2015

    I sent you an email :-)