Well, I didn’t get as much blogging done as I’d imagined while on maternity leave. I go back to work on Tuesday, which I’m finding so hard to believe! It feels like I just had my appointment to tell me I’d have to be induced.
Today, I’m sharing ways you can organize coupons. There’s a wide variety of ways, so if one method doesn’t work for you, there’s bound to be something out there that works.
Here’s what you should consider when you look for a coupon organizing system:
–How much couponing are you wanting to do? Some people like to spend significant amounts of time searching for good coupons. Some people want to save money, but don’t want to spend a lot of time on it.
– Do you need more help organizing your coupons? If you’re constantly struggling with keeping up with your coupons, you might want to consider a larger holder, like a binder.
– What do you want to carry into the store with you? Some people don’t mind carrying a big binder when they shop, but others might find it to be a hassle. Personally, the less I have to juggle in a store, the better — especially since I have an infant, and I’m also juggling a car seat!
Here are some ideas you can use to keep up with all those coupons when you shop, to help you save money.
1. The first and probably most popular method is the binder system. I’d advise this system for people who are a tad more serious about their couponing. I tried it myself for a few months and found it didn’t work for me. Each Sunday night, I would sit down with the paper and cut coupons, which could easily take me at least an hour to accomplish. I’m a half-hearted couponer at best. Sure, I like saving money, but typically don’t spend enough time to double coupons or buy products in bulk.
If you’re good at couponing and like deep discounts at the register, this is probably for you.
The trick is to buy baseball card holders and to divide your binder by sections. Each week, you’ll want to clip as many coupons as you can to add to your collection. The slots in the plastic are deep enough that you can add coupons if you’re doubling up, and it’s probably the most organized way to keep your coupons together.
2. Accordion files are also popular. You’ll want to get the smaller kind, so that the coupons will fit into the sleeves without sliding around too much. Simply take a permanent marker and label each file with the items you buy most. This takes slightly more discrimination, since you only have so much room.
Since the accordion file doesn’t have a lot of space, you’ll need to be more discriminatory on which coupons you put in there. The way that I coupon is the night before I plan on going shopping, I go through the papers and the coupons I’ve received in the mail to see if I can find a coupon for something on my list. I keep a running list through the week of things I need to buy on the weekend, so everything is together and I don’t spend time cutting coupons out that I’ll never use.
3. The other way is to use an organizer that you buy specifically to keep coupons. The Couponizer was a good in-between for people who weren’t into the binder system and needed some more specific organization, but the last time I checked, they were completely out. If you go to Amazon and search for ‘coupon organizer,’ you’ll find plenty of options serving many different kinds of lifestyles. You can also search for organizers on Etsy.
Since you can’t create your own system if you buy it online, make sure you read the product discriptions and reviews to make sure the organizer you’re considering matches your lifestyle, and how you want to coupon.
Hope this helps!
How do you organize your coupons? Do you use a system that wasn’t mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!