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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How I Organize My Coupons

A few days ago I told you how you can find all the coupons that have not expired that come in the inserts from the Sunday Newspaper. If you missed that post it is really simple -you just go to the Alphabetical Coupon Index.
I told you that I would show you how I organize my 'loose' coupons.

I use the same 'no cutting' system that I tell you about in Getting Started- see my red hanging file box thing in the bottom of the picture?? That holds all my inserts and ads. 

This is my coupon binder for my 'loose' coupons.

When I open it up I have two see through sleeves. One holds coupons that I need to file in the binder- so if I have printed coupons or I get coupons from offer I post on the blog. Also if I go to Smith's and I cut my coupons for that trip... let's say I get there and they are out of an item or I only use 2 of the 4 coupons I took- I will just file them in this blinder, not find the insert and stick them back in the insert.
The second sleeve holds coupons that are about to expire.
I take my kids to McDonald's about every other week. I let them play and I take 15 minuets to organize my binder. I will put all the coupons that need to be filed from sleeve one and put them in the right place and I will take the coupons that are about to expire out and stick them in the second sleeve.

I use baseball card holders. This is the only thing I have ever used... so I can't really recommend something else if you hate baseball card holders. 

My first section is "Store Cards"- I take my coupon binder with me everywhere. I keep all my store cards in the front. So if we just stop by K-mart to kill some time I have my K-Mart card or if I go to lunch then I have all my rewards cards with me. *I was getting so many reward cards that my wallet was SO full. Reward cards can save you a lot of money and get you some sweet perks to that store.

My Second Section is "Gift Cards" - I have gift cards for so many stores- I hated when I went to a store and after I paid I remembered I had a gift card. This solves my problem.

I then have my coupons organized under the following categories:
*Really this is for you- this just makes sense to me- you can do it in as many or as few as you want.

Canned Veg/Fruit
Dry Snacks
Personal Care
Smell Good


I then have the following:

Super easy and I have everything I need when I am out.
Let me know if you have any questions I would be happy to go over anything more in depth if needed.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! I am very visual so I appreciate the pics ;)



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