Last week I told you about the many places that you could get coupons. In case you missed it, you can read about it here.
This time around, I want you to gather all of your coupons and get them organized. You have clipped them out of the newspaper and printed them off the internet, now you need a place to put them. It’s nothing worst than going in to a store and having coupons all over the place. When I go into a store, I have my list of the things I plan to get, the coordinating coupon and the grocery store ad (If possible). The only way to effectively save money with coupons is to get organized.
Those who use coupon have developed a system that works for them. Some use coupon binders. Some use accordion files. Some use coupon boxes and others use plain and basic envelopes. All are great systems but it is up to you to decide which system would work for you.
Coupon Binders. (System Used By Savin’ It Up)
A Coupon Binder is just that…A Binder filled with coupons.
1. Find a Binder. These are readily available at retail and craft stores. You may even find them online ( already pre-build and ready for you to use)
2. You can use picture album or baseball card inserts to hold your coupons
3. Organize with binder dividers
a. Some people organize their binders by the layout of their favorite store
b. Others organize in Alphabetical orders
c. Some organize by different products
4. Easy to remove and input more binder inserts
The smaller accordion file fits perfectly in your purse. This ensures that you always have your coupons with you in case you spot a great deal.
The Box Systems
1. The Box system works similar to the binder system. Instead of turning pages to find your coupons, you just skim through various dividers to find the coupon you are looking for.
2. It is portable and fits really well in the front part of a grocery cart.
I used this system when I first started this coupon journey. I did not have a lot of coupons so I did not feel the need to put it in anything else. This system did not last long as I began to realize all of the places that I could get coupons.
1. You labels individual envelopes with the different categories (some listed above) and as you cut them out, you just place them in their proper envelope. After awhile the envelopes started tearing and would wind up in the bottom of my purse.
Organizing coupons does not require much time once you have established a system.
I cut my coupons on Sunday from the Sunday paper
I put the date on all of my inserts
I only cut every coupon from 3-4 inserts
The others, I store in a box labeled by dates. So I know where to find them if I need them.
As I print coupons off the internet, I cut them right away and out them in my binder.
I know it sounds simple, but it gets easier once you have done it a couple of time.
Each system is great and I have tried them all, but the binder system works best for me. Which coupon System works best for you?
Next Week I will discuss “How to use your coupons”. Now that you have them organized, what is the best way to use them and save money.