May 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
Now that you have your coupons collected you need to decide how you want to organize them. I’m going to explain a couple of different methods, but remember that you need to find what fit is right for you. It may be one of the methods I am going to explain, or a mixture of several of the methods.
- Envelopes or store bought Coupon Divider. You can start by clipping coupons individually and filing them in a box filled with envelopes or a coupon binder you can pick up at the store. Each envelope should be labeled with a category.
- Insert Method. With this method you just file your inserts by date in a file folder or box . This doesn’t require much work on the front end but you might miss out on unadvertised deals by not having your coupons with you all the time.
- Coupon Binder. With this method you can clip all of your coupons and file them in a 3-ring binder with baseball card, photo organizer or business card holders. This way you can carry all your coupons to the store. You may want to go with a zippered binder that will offer you a “coupon center.” The binder can be setup to hold not just coupons, but also anything you may need when shopping or just when clipping the coupons.
I use a combined method of the Insert method and Coupon Binder method. I usually get more than one insert. My first set of inserts I go through and cut out all the coupons that may be my favorites. Any remaining set of inserts go into my insert file box. I write the date on the front page with a marker. If you forget to write the date you can find it printed along the spine of the insert.
Once you figure out what method works for you then you can organize all your coupons. You can organize by expiration date, alphabetically, or by product category. The main categories I use are:
- Canned Goods
- Cleaning Supplies
- Fresh Foods
- Frozen Foods
- Health and Beauty
- Medicine/First Aid
- Misc. Groceries
- Paper Products
Once you decide WHICH method benefits your money saving, style, and time management style best the rest of Couponing is Easy!
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.