I have been getting lots of requests for tips on how to organize coupons. Here are a few methods you can check out and see what works for you. If you are brand new to using coupons, I always recommend you do it for a few weeks before you invest a lot of time or money. It is nice to really see how much time you have to dedicate to this first because this can become very time consuming!
OPTION #1: CHEAP AND EASY.
This is the method I use almost exactly.
I have a small makeup bag that I use- it has color coded envelopes inside that are labeled meat, produce, dairy, baby etc… I only cut coupons on Sundays that I am pretty sure I will use- say diaper coupons or coupons for eggs or high value toothpaste coupons etc… I file those away when I can in each envelope and the makeup bag is usually in my purse. You can probably get a small expanding envelope like this and accomplish the same thing.
When the time comes to do my shopping, I make my list and then I actually go back and cut the coupons I need for the week. In my opinion, this is the least time consuming method but you will miss out on deals from time to time by not cutting tons of coupons. For me, I would rather miss a coupon here or there than spend hours each week managing a complicated system.
PROS: Very simple, easy to manage, inexpensive, less cumbersome, small time investment.
CONS: You will not have every coupon available to you at all times so you may miss out on random deals you find in store.
For the inserts, I have two storage bins that I put them in. I put the most recent on the top and I toss them quarterly. One box is for SS inserts and the other for RP and P&G. There are times that the coupons have not yet expired and I miss out because I tossed them. But again for me it is all about the least amount of maintenance possible. So I’d rather miss a $1 coupon here and there than have to manage piles and piles of coupon inserts.
Some people will organize the inserts by date in a file box. That is even better than my method but it does take a few extra minutes to label the files and put the inserts away. Also you will have the investment of buying the file box and folders etc..
You can watch a video to see exactly how this works here.
OPTION #2: MORE COUPONS.
The binder method is really popular for couponers. You can take a ton of coupons with you everywhere and this might be a good option for those of you that do massive trips, like to buy large quantities of products, get a lot of newspaper subscriptions etc…
You can purchase a zippered binder just about anywhere and most people use baseball trading card inserts inside. Some people like to organize their coupons in categories- such as meats, produce, health and beauty supplies, cleaning supplies etc.. and some like to organize alphabetically.
I believe the majority of people that use coupon binders tend to cut a lot of coupons each week and file them in the binder. If you decide this is the right method for you, keep in mind that you do need to stay on top of expired coupons. So this method is going to be much more time consuming.
PROS: Lots more coupons readily available when you shop, coupons are easily accessible.
CONS: Considerably more time consuming and bulky to carry around.
You can see a video on exactly how to organize a coupon binder here.
What method do you use to organize your coupons?