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Keeping your coupons organized can be a challenge… How do you keep your coupons organized?
I’ll tell you what I have done and what I do now.
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I do like to use coupons, when I have time or when I think about it.
I try to use them every time that a store has Triple Coupons (triple the coupon up to 99 cents its value, so if it is a 25 cents off coupon, it becomes 75 cents) and super doubles (This will double your coupons worth up to $2 face value. This means that a $1.00 coupon will double to $2.00, a $1.50 coupon will double to $3.00 and a $2.00 coupon will double to $4.00!) This is how I get all of our toiletries & things for free! (If you didn’t see that post, check it out here- How to become a stay at home Mom on 1 income)
In the past, I had a binder with all of my coupons in it. It was a ‘baseball-card-holder” type of binder… a 3 ring binder with card-holder inserts. I put all of my coupons in there, but the problem that I ended up having was that I would have too many of one kind of coupon.
So- they were all alphabetized, but when I would cut yet-another colgate coupon, I found that I didn’t have any “Co” spots left (in my ABC order), so I would just shove it in behind another colgate coupon. This worked out fine, I guess, but I liked to see all of them and not just some of them.
It looked like this:
So- I decided to go a much easier route: I bought file-folders like this (notice the little hanging tabs on the sides that hook onto a storage box): and a file-folder holder like this:
I just organize them by date. So, when Sunday comes, I take the coupons from the paper, put a post-it note on them (held in place with a paper clip) and slip it into a new folder (I organize mine oldest to newest so that when the older ones expire, I just take it, toss it and have the next one ready to go).
I also have one coupon folder ready for printed coupons, but now I don’t even print those until my favorite couponing bloggers tell me to print them.
I follow two blogs for this: Moola Saving Mom and Southern Savers. When I hear about Super Doubles or Triple Coupons at Harris Teeter (a lot of stores do these, but this is my favorite one), I just pop over to their blog or FB page and see what I need to do. They organize their coupons by date, so my couponing is ready to go when I keep it organized the EASY way- by date! I just cut what I need at the time & that’s it.
Example: If they tell me that I can get free toothpaste: It would say: Free Colgate: RP, 4/3, .75 coupon
TRANSLATION: RP (red plum coupons), 4/3 (March 3rd paper), .75 (75 cent coupon will triple to $2.25). If the Colgate toothpaste is $2.00, I just made 25 Cents on this which will come off of my other items in my total.
Now- Which way would probably save more money? Clipping & organizing in a binder (you can take it into the store each time, so you can catch deals that the bloggers didn’t see)
Which way works better for a Mom of four little ones? Saving & clipping for one hour the night before a shopping trip!
TIME TO SHOP: The night before I want to go shopping, I just cut what they tell me to & then I make piles of 20 (20 coupons per shopping trip is usually the rule. If you go over 20, the store will only double up to 99 cents face value).
So- I clip them & put them into groups of 20, by category (frozen, breads, produce area, dairy, oral care, hair care…) I combine the piles if I need to, to get to 20. I then put a paper clip on each pile and put them into an envelope.
It is wise to take two envelopes because often they will be out of a lot of items, unless you get there at opening on the first day, which I never do. And you don’t want to waste your shopping trip for ten coupons, if you really have 100 at home! I usually keep all of my envelopes in our car, during the week of these sales.