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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

How to Organize Coupons

My disorganized mess of yesteryear
I've had a rough life with coupon organization until tonight.  I've always been asking friends and looking for that perfect tool that will help me keep track of my money saving coupons for our family.  I've had recent systems of failure.  Don't try these at home because they don't work:
  • Stuff them in your purse
  • Leave them in the front seat or side door of the car 
  • Shove them some place safe in your home (your "clutter collector" as we like to call it)
I remember listening to a professional home organizer speak at a Moms' Night Out event last year and I asked her if she had any tips for me on this hot topic.  She suggested a binder and some baseball card sleeve protectors. Ok, sounds good.  I did get the binder, but I didn't get the baseball card sleeves ~ I couldn't find them anywhere and I thought they'd be too small.  Instead, I bought the cheapest, slipperiest sleeves out there.  What a disaster. Don't do it.  This thing was far too big, slid all over the place, dumped my crap all over the Traverse all the time whenever I moved it and made me look like the biggest DORK ever whenever I took it with me...
Introducing the mini-binder!
So today, I stopped in at my nearest Staples and found this!  Much smaller, won't slip and slide, and doesn't  dump my stuff when I tip it upside down!  AMAZING!  It even fits in my purse!!!  Goodbye floppy, huge, plastic mess and hello mini, flexible spine cuteness!  I've filled it with sturdy, no-slip sheet protectors that actually hold my stuff, colorful binder pockets and write-on plastic dividers!  Woohoo!  Watch out daddy, no more sitting on coupons in the passenger seat or sliding gift certificates on the center console!  It's perfect!

No more mess!
I'm going to organize my dividers according to my shopping needs.  I'm thinking...
  • Groceries
  • Clothing stores
  • Target
  • Home/Garden
I might even make a section for receipts and Christmas lists.  Doesn't that sound organized?
Portable and fits in my purse!
This little life saver can hold up to 275 cute lil sheet protectors!
What are your tricks for organizing coupons?  Do you have a method that works for your family?  How do you organize them?  Let's hear it.  And wish me luck on my new mini-binder!

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Blogger Heather said...

I use a recipe card holder and have them set up into smaller categories... one for store coupons (Children's Place, Movies, etc), home stuff ( toilet paper, detergent), dog, fridge, freezer, dry stuff (pasta, cereal, etc) personal stuff (shampoo, razors, medicine), and baby! Then I put them by expiration date so I don't lapse on dates!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Courtney C. said...

I've seen people use photo albums to hold their coupons. They come on different sizes and the sleeves inside are a nice size to keep the coupons flat. I sound like a real expert but my coupons are in a drawer and probably all expired at this
point. Should take my own advice :)

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Lynn @ Maven of Savin said...

I use a binder and file FULL coupon inserts in page protectors. I then use baseball card pages only for the straggler non-expired coupons once I am ready to toss a full insert. I then use a smaller coupon organizer for my printed coupons and the ones I clip for my shopping trip.

I only bring that to the stores, my binder stays at home.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous How to Organize Your Coupons said...

When trying to decide which method is best for you, remember what's most important to you: ability to take advantage of every deal, quick to start and maintain, filed by category, date, etc., and how many inserts do you get. Review the methods and customize it for your needs.

5:56 PM  

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