Now that you have learned where you can get coupons, you need a way to organize them. I learned very early that if you don’t keep them in some kind of organized system, you won’t be able to find what you need and that is one of the things which discourages people from couponing.I have had people ask me how many hours I work on my coupons each week and I tell them about a couple. Then I hear, “I saw on Extreme Coupons where they work for hours a day to cut out coupons and prepare for their shopping trip.” And my reply is, first of all, thats reality TV and not the norm for anyone who wants to keep a decent stash for their family. Watch that show long enough and you don’t see normal shopping trips where you get dairy, meat and vegetables. My normal savings a week is between 50 and 75%.
My preferred way to organize my coupons is in a letter size portable box. There are so many different kinds out there and the one I use is easy to put away in the closet and out of the way. I use something like the picture in the left. Remember I receive 3 sets of coupons each week and don’t need that much room. But if you will be receiving many more, you might want to try one of the boxes in the picture at the bottom of the page.
I have files for each month or you could do for 52 weeks. Which ever you prefer. You won’t receive coupons for every week because of holidays. (The weekends I don’t get coupons is the week I will check to see if I need to purge any expired sets) As my box gets really full, I will go to the oldest coupon inserts, check to see if there are any of them I want to keep and then put the rest in a bag to take to our local Military Shoebox group where they will cut out expired coupons to send to our troop families over seas. They can use coupons up to 6 months expired!!
When I first started couponing, I also got a coupon binder from Coupon Pro. Her binders are very strong and durable and I haven’t had a problem with it at all. She also offers the dividers, coupon pocket pages and other items you might want for your binder. I personally only have a pencil holder to keep a small calculator, paper clips, pen and anything else small and loose. I also have plastic pocket divider pages that hold sale bills in. Since I shop at Publix, we get new ones quite often in the Sunday paper. I also had to buy more baseball card holder pages too because of all the coupons I would cut out. I found those at Target for a great price. Even though you might be out about $50.00 for your binder, you will save that probably in the first week you coupon.
After a short time and experience, I realized I didn’t need to cut out all the coupons each week and add to my binder. I now wait and check out the sale bill and look at the websites who explain the deals and only cut out those I will use. Too much work the other way and that also discourages people from couponing. This is why each week I just put the inserts in their designated file in my file box to use later.
I actually just take a small coupon wallet to the store now. Its easy to throw in my purse with my coupons and list and I am ready to go. I have different tabs for all the stores I visit. CVS, Walgreens, Publix, Walmart, etc. I also keep restaurant coupons in there also.
You never know when you might want to stop by and get one of your favorite drinks and save a dollar or two.
I bought my plastic coupon wallet at the Dollar Store for a dollar!
The picture below shows other file boxes you can get dirt cheap at Walmart (Especially around school supply time). I bought one last year before school started for my husbands office for only $3.00. They stack too!
There are many ways to organize your coupons, but I find taking a couple hours a week to keep your coupons organized, you will be much happier with your adventures in coupons and not pull your hair out wondering what happened to those coupons you printed out.