Ideas for Organizing Your Coupons
Organizing your coupons is crucial for savings success. If you’re getting weekend newspaper inserts, printing online coupons, and/or collecting promotional coupons elsewhere, you cannot use them effectively without a system in place.
Here’s what works for me: I have a small, hand-size accordion file folder, in which I put “choice” coupons, which are coupons either for products my family prefers or coupons I specifically chose to combine with that week’s in-store sales. I also tuck all my store loyalty cards into the front pocket, so they’re not cluttering up my keychain or wallet. I keep this file in my car and always carry it into stores. That way, even if I’m not on a “scheduled” shopping trip, I have it with me if I encounter unadvertised sales.
At home, I have a file with the remainder of my coupons, organized by date. This allows me to easily access other coupons if I see a good price to match them with, but prevents my handheld folder from being crammed full.
Some couponers prefer to use a binder with partitioned squares, similar to what card collectors use. This is also an effective method, particularly for visually oriented people. Fashion your own folder system, or check out office supply stores for folders and binders specially designed for coupon storage. More organizational ideas can be found at www.momsaves.com.