Couponing 101: Coupon Organizing
In the last article on Couponing collecting, I went into the Gathering of Coupons. If you haven’t read it yet, you can do so HERE. Once you’ve gathered the coupons, now you’ve got to organize them.So in this article (part 2 of 5), I am going to talk what to do once you’ve gathered your coupons, and that is coupon organizing. It is one of my favorite things to do. There are a few tricks to the trade, so pay attention and possibly print this out as a reference guide! There are 3 basic methods to organizing your coupons: the coupon binder, the coupon box and an accordion file.
Couponing 101: Coupon OrganizingWith coupon organizing isn’t a one-size fits all technique. After I’ve looked for coupons that are for items that I need or want, they have to be organized in a way so that you are aware of when these coupons will expire.
Disorganization and clutter will lead to frustration and thus lead to quitting before you begin, so organization is crucial.
This first coupon organizing method, which I personally use is the coupon binder.
Two of the most important coupon organizing items I use daily:
A Coupon Binder & Protective SheetsFor my coupon organizing binder, I use a Case-it Binder that I bought for around $20. You can get one like mine, HERE. While you’re at it, invest in some baseball card individual protector sheets. The binder is 3-ring, so it easily holds your protector sheets.
The first thing I do is take some cheap dividers and write down what each section is about. For instance, it is Hugely important to know coupon store polices. So I have a section just for the store policies:
Next, I alphabetize each section according to the coupons I will file. Example:
Then, under each of these tabs, I will alphabetize products under each section. Example:
1) Baking Cups
2) Cake Mixes
3) Cooking Spray
4) Marsh Mellows
Do this section by section, A-Z with each of your tabs. Yes, it takes some time, but it is a necessity towards keeping your coupon organizing task perfect!
Advantages of a Coupon Binder & Protective Sheets:
- You’ll have a portable, self-contained, organized binder that you can transfer from the house to the store. I place my binder over my purse in the shopping cart and as I go down the isle, checking my grocery list, I can easily check to see if I have a coupon for that item and also check to see if I have a coupons for items that might be on sale or unadvertised that I might be able to stock up on.
- You’ll have a list of your stores’ coupon policies at your fingertips. This comes in handy more often than not.
MedicinesThe third method of coupon organizing is the accordion file. Most of the couponers I know that use this method don’t clip the coupons until they are getting ready to shop.
You simply file the insert under the appropriate month and then go thru it when you are creating your list. Then they clip the coupons that they need. They then take the coupons they are going to use to the store in envelopes label for the store or one of those little coupon organizers.
I can see the applicability of this method, too. However, I don’t throw away most coupons. If it is a manufacturer’s coupon, I send it to Coups for Troops. They want the coupons clipped. So I figure I might as well get the clipping done up front.
That’s it for this section on Coupon Organizing! I would personally do this before moving on to the next section. Remember, coupon organizing is not a one shoe fits all sort of a deal, this is just what has kept me and a few of my students from having deals fall thru the cracks and becoming cluttered!
Part 3 on Couponing can be found HERE.
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