There are so many different ways to store your coupons and keep them organized, I thought I would just take a minute to show you all the method that I use!
When I first started to coupon, I just kept all of my coupons clipped and in a small clutch. It didn’t take long for that clutch to become overfull and whenever I was out shopping, it was increasingly difficult to find the coupons I needed.
It only took about a month for me to realize that this was not a good method of coupon organization for me and I needed to find something better, and fast. After all, our shopping trips are only as good as our coupon organization allows them to be. You can have a ton of great coupons, but if you are spending too much time and effort to find and use them, what are you really saving? Certainly your time is worth something – I know I feel like my time is worth a lot.
I like to use what is known as the “unclipped” method of coupon organization. Each week when I gather my coupon inserts, I place them into a fresh file folder, with that week’s date written on the tab. Then I file it with the rest of my coupon folders in a Rubbermaid file storage bin, according to date. That’s it! The rest of my Sunday is free for spending time with the fam or shopping!
When I am putting together my shopping trip, I start out by checking out the weekly deals for each store. Then next to the coupon needed for each deal is a date and reference to where the coupon can be found (example SS 6/26 tells me I can find the coupon in the SmartSource insert from June 26th). I can then take that reference to my coupon file and pull out the folder with that date, find the coupon, and clip it. If I have more than 1 insert for that week (which I usually do), I can easily find them all in the same place and clip what I need. Sometimes while I am going through my inserts to clip for the week’s trip, I run into coupons that aren’t part of the weekly matchups that would pair with an everyday low price, so I clip those too.
After I have clipped all of my coupons for a specific store shopping trip (for the purpose of this article, let’s say it’s a Target trip), I transfer the clipped coupons to a clutch that I carry with me in the store. It’s just a cheap one that I picked up from the Target Dollar Spot last year, but it works just fine for me! Each section is labeled with a specific section of the store – Travel, Health & Beauty, Cleaning, Food, Baby, Clothing, etc. When I go through the store, I usually shop by section, so since I have my coupons organized by section, I just pull out each coupon as I am putting the corresponding item in my cart and transfer that coupon to the front of the clutch. When I check out, I just grab the stack from the front of the clutch and hand them to the cashier. Easy peasy!
How do YOU keep your coupons organized?
Kristy blogs at Adventures of a Couponista where she teaches moms to pay with coupons instead of cash.
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