An important part of using coupons is to find an organization system that works for you, something that you be able to stick with.
When I 1st started couponing, I used a coupon binder. It works great for many people, but I didn’t have the time or patience to fold the coupons and put them in the baseball card inserts.
Now I use a coupon box (for printables, tear pad coupons, and coupons from home mailers). I keep the majority of the inserts intact and unclipped. I’ve been using a file folders and an accordion file to organize the inserts, but I got a little behind Here’s the mess I needed to sort through.
I read about using plastic sleeves (instead of file folders) in the book Be CentsAble by Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee. I love this idea. It allows me to leave the coupon inserts intact and only clip the coupons when I need them. And everything is organized, tidy, and easy to find.
I put more binder together today and here’s how I did it.
Label dividers with the date. I put the most recent in the front of the binder.
Label plastic sleeves with the inserts in the Sunday paper.
Divide the inserts into piles. Put all the Red Plum in one pile, P&G inserts in a pile, etc. Put each pile into the labeled sleeve.
Put the plastic sleeves in behind the divider for that week.
How do you locate the coupons that you need?
Each week in the store match ups you’ll find where to locate the coupon by date and insert.
Palmolive Pure + Clear Dish Soap 10 oz. $1.32
Use $0.75/1 Palmolive Pure Dish Soap 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/15/2010)
Final cost $.57
You’ll also find that all the coupons in the Give Me Neither coupon database provide a source and date. You’ll be able to search by brand, category, or source.
Another money-saving tip
I often bring my unclipped inserts into the store or leave them in the car. If I come across a clearance item, I use my smart phone to pull up the database and look for a coupon to match with it.
Everything neat and tidy