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Smart Shopper Holiday Coupon Swap, Cookie Exchange & Food Drive!

Posted November 13, 2014

Sugar cookies with red sprinkles


You are invited to the first ever 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 6, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Space is limited to the first 25 people to register online at

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! Please read all of the following information if you will be attending the event.

Coupon Swap:

We’ll start the event with a Coupon Swap. Bring your unwanted coupons already cut and in a zipper 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 the US military who are overseas because they can use them at commissaries on 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. I’m 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.

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.

Additional tips:

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, you can still bring quality cookies/sweets from the bakery (grocery store bakery is fine). Please no Chips Ahoy, Keebler, etc. 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.


We’ll have some door prizes and giveaways for those attending. There will also be light snacks.

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.

Dress is casual and comfortable.  Feel free to wear your favorite holiday sweater, sweatshirt or accessories!


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  • kanna2 Nov 14, 2014

    My friend and I are coming :) this will be our first coupon and cookie swap! Looking forward to meeting everyone!

  • barbiedoll1967 Nov 14, 2014

    YIPPEE! I was able to sign up. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. And eating a lot of goodies! And of course getting some good coupons.

  • raesmom1612 Nov 14, 2014

    jdouglas13~Im hoping one of your special goodies is.....CHEESECAKE!!!! :)

    My Rae has really grown since I started couponing and reading this blog. Some of you have watched her grow from itty bitty baby (Faye) to the mini chef/baker/mess maker she is now (too many to name lol) I cant wait for you all to see her and exchange our goods :)

  • jdouglas13 Nov 14, 2014

    Very excited and looking forward to it! I have everything crossed that I will be back in time. I have some special goodies in mind.

    Raesmom, our events would not be the same without your special helper! :)

  • raesmom1612 Nov 14, 2014

    WOOOOHOOOO time to get started on trail and error cookies. Im sure DH and Rae will love that. Cant wait to see everyone.....and yes the little helper will make an appearance :)

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Nov 14, 2014

    I am SO stoked! Just got my ticket...I cannot wait to meet fellow "Faye's Brigaders" in person!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 14, 2014

    I am so happy you'll be at the swap Baseball2hockey & Twinredheads!

  • baseball2hockey Nov 14, 2014

    Hi Faye,
    I just registered. Yay !!!
    I have been looking forward to hear from you about this event.
    Can't wait to see what kinda goodies we will get to try. :)

  • twinredheads Nov 13, 2014


    What a great idea! I just signed up :). Haven't done a cookie exchange in a couple of years so the girls are super excited.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 13, 2014

    observant - I am so sorry you can't make it. Great idea to take photos of all the yummy creations. I'll make a little slide show for the blog. :-)

    So glad you can make it Holly! I have not seen you since the last blog swap this summer.

    Now....what am I going to make??????? :-)