There will be NO coupons in this weekend’s newspaper! With the end of the month nearing, this will give you time to organize what you do have. I know I have several coupons expiring 5/31, and need to go through to make sure I don’t let any good ones go to waste!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and come Tuesday morning…ORGANIZED Coupons!!
:: Need help organizing those coupons? Here’s a snippet from my “Couponing For Newbies” Page that may help you get started:
Organize those coupons! The number one reason why so many coupons go unused is because many (with good intentions) clip them, only to forget they have them when it comes time to purchase the item. Some people like to clip every coupon and file it right away, some people like to keep their coupon inserts in tact, file them by date and clip them before they go to the store. I am a clipper! I take the time each weekend to clip and file all of my coupons right away, so it frees up my time during the week. So what do you do with all of those coupons once they’re clipped? For starters, get yourself a small accordian style coupon organizer (usually only a couple dollars at Walmart). When you find yourself with too many coupons to fit, it’s time to graduate to the coupon binder.
It is basically a zip-up case with a 3-ring binder inside. Baseball card inserts house all of my coupons. (As you can see, I need more inserts to accomodate). Some people like to add divider pages with each section labeled. I never got around to that, and I do just fine. I organize the pages by aisle at Kroger (the store I use most of my coupons). So, for example, my first page has all of my coupons for produce, bread, organic foods, peanut butter and jellies, and snack cakes (all found in the first aisle at my Kroger). The next page(s) have coupons according to the remainder of the aisles at Kroger. The last few pages have all of my cleaning, and health & beauty coupons. Then finally miscellaneous stuff (restaurant coupons, etc.). I also have several store-specific envelopes that I fill with the coupons I am going to use on that day. This is what works for me! You do what works best for you…and it might take you a few tries to get it just right. Play around with it until you find the method that helps you get the most out of your coupons.
What ideas do you have for organizing your coupons?