How To Organize Coupons
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How To Organize Coupons:
There are many schools of thought on coupon organization. Some couponers believe that you have to keep every coupon until it’s expiration date without exception. Others advise just clipping the coupons for things you know you’ll use and tossing the rest.
No matter what belief you end up subscribing too, you will eventually need to find some way to organize your coupons effectively. To be a strategic shopper, you need to hold onto your coupons until the right opportunity presents itself to really maximize it’s power. Over time, you’ll definitely realize that just throwing your coupons into your purse isn’t cutting it!
Here are 3 great ways to maybe organize your coupons (whatever works for you is what works best! Don’t feel boxed in by these ideas. Get creative!):
- The Coupon Binder: The coupon binder is for the hyper organized couponer. First you find a good sturdy binder (I like Case It) and you fill it with baseball card protectors (I like these). Then you can either separate it into sections alphabetically, by store aisle, by type, etc. Now, you’ll clip your coupons and place them in the appropriate spots. This is great for those who want to see what coupons they have at a glance at any given time. However, it can get time consuming! Clipping all the coupons and then fitting them into the baseball card slots is not quick work. This is the method I used to use, but I don’t anymore.
- The Coupon Box: This can be anything from a small recipe box to a huge photo box. You can either just throw all your coupons in, or use small dividers to keep things separated. These can get really heavy very fast! However, I’ve seen some that look really impressive.
- The Accordion File: This is my current system. I keep the entire insert and I just stick it in my file folder under the appropriate month! Yes it gets a bit heavy, but I do try and run through it on occasion to pull out pages of coupons that have expired or that I know I’ll have no use for. No clipping and all I have to do is look in my coupon database when making my grocery list, find the appropriate coupon insert in my file folder and clip it when I need it! From there, I have regular old white envelopes with the store name on the outside. I stick the appropriate coupons in each store envelope and off I go! I love this new system, and I’m not sure I’ll ever look back! You can purchase an accordion file like mine here.
Do you know how to organize your coupons now? Did this spark an idea?
How do you organize your coupons?
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