Coupon Organization

>> Tuesday, September 30, 2008



This comes to us courtesy of better budgeting. Thanks for this explanation.


Clipping Coupons

Timing - Try to choose the same day and time to clip your grocery coupons each week. This will help you establish a routine. I like to do mine at the beginning of the week, either on Sundays or Mondays.

Method - Now when it comes to clipping your free grocery coupons (which you can find in many forms, including the Sunday newspaper, magazines, weekly mailers, etc.), you have several methods to choose from...

* Clip them all out: This is a quick way to clip the grocery coupons and is also an easy job you can assign to an older child. Later, you can sort out which coupons you need to keep and which coupons you can share with a friend.

* Clip out only the coupons you know you will use: This might take a little more time as you will need to look at (and think about) each individual coupon as you cut them out, but will save time later when filing them away and when going through them for use each week.

* Don't clip out any of the coupons, but save them in their whole page form: I don't recommend this method, but it will do when you're really pressed for time. I've been known to have a month's worth of coupon flyers to go through before leaving for the grocery store, not very fun!

Storing Coupons

Inexpensive Containers - There are plenty of coupon organizers on the market today but all you really need is a simple basket or box with some index cards for dividers. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for inexpensive containers to store your coupons in…

* Gallon size plastic zip bags: I like using these because they’re clear and you can see your coupons at all times – sometimes out of sight means out of mind!

* Recycled envelopes: FREE! Instead of tossing out all those crisp clean reply envelopes (others may think of as junk mail), tuck the flap inside and use to store your coupons. This is great if you don’t have many coupons to store.

* Small baskets: I like to use pretty wicker baskets all over our home for various storage purposes (I started collecting them at yard sales many years ago), and they are great for coupons too!

* 4x6 file boxes: This is my latest storage container of choice and after looking for file boxes at several stores around town I finally came across just what I was looking for, at our grocery store!

* Recycled shoeboxes, diaper wipe containers or empty food boxes: FREE! These are great because they won’t cost you a penny and have plenty of room to store hundreds of coupons.

Index Dividers – You can either purchase index dividers from an office supply or discount store, or make your own, as I did.

* Store bought dividers: Alphabetical and numerical index card dividers can be purchased and either used as is or adapted for coupon categories.

* Making your own dividers: FREE! Just about any type of large index cards or heavy cardstock paper will do. You can even cut out cereal boxes and make your own sturdy dividers completely for free.

* Labeling your dividers: FREE! Make a list of the coupon categories you’d like to have in your coupon file, such as Breakfast Items, Coffee & Tea, Frozen Foods, etc… in alphabetical order. Then either label or print your dividers with these categories.

Initially, organizing your coupons may take a few hours, but it will help you save precious time (and money) each week. And by getting your coupons organized and ready to use, you’ll be on your way to Coupon Queen Savings in no time!!!

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1 comments:

Taneika October 3, 2012 at 3:43 AM  

Thankyou for the wonderful tips :) As a student I always find I have bits and pieces of paper laying around everywhere and find it difficult to keep track of coupons and would have never have thought to categorise and label them all. I think the shoebox with labels is a great idea and will have to give it a go sometime!

I also really like your blog layout, it's easy to read and your banner is really eyecatching and colourful. Your blog is fun to look at and easy to navigate so thankyou! Keep up the good work :)

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