Are you a couponer newbie? Or maybe you want a better way to organize your coupons. Here are some of my ideas and tips that may or may not help you. This is how I start my morning with looking for deals.
Here’s my journal where I keep my BIG DEALS!
Having a good quality binder like the one pictured is great. You can purchased them at Staples, Office Max, WalMart, or Target.
In my opinion, having the right supplies helps with organization. This is the (Martha Stewart) office line ”Thanks Martha!” I purchased this from Staples. I like her products because they are durable and oh… not to mention pretty. Supplies you will need; 1″ or higher binder, baseball card holder sleeves (for coupons), tab clips or dividers, labels for your dividers, calculator, P-touch labeler (I cant live without), and a pretty pen or sharpie. Oh yeah! It was on clearance and I used a coupon to get it all. 🙂
There’s more than one way to keep your coupons organized. If your not a binder type of person this may work for you. Here’s is a file tote you can use for your weekly inserts, in-store coupons and extras. You can organize them by category; for example frozen/ dairy, can be used in the same category, and you can put them in alphabetical order. You can also file them by the date, use a sharpie and write the dates on the front of the page.
This file tote is another solution for the on the go couponers such as myself. You can get this one from momagenda.com it goes for $64.00. It’s the perfect fit for the back seat floor of your car.
Here’s another way to store your coupons if you don’t like the binder system. I got these storage boxes from Ikea.
It’s wise to go threw your coupons at least once a week to get rid of your expired coupons, they can fill up pretty quickly.
Create a section in your binder for your specific favorite store.
Many benefits comes with having a coupon binder. You don’t want to waste time searching for coupons at the bottom of your purse while your in the store or at the checkout counter. Having a binder helps you to stay organized.
If your doing a small trip or if your an occasional couponer then the Mini Accordion Files may work for you, and it doesn’t ”Shout out I’m a Crazy Couponer!” I use two mini files from (Martha Stewart) office line at Staples. One is for store coupons such as wags (Walgreens) CVS, grocery store, rain checks, commissary (base). The second one is for car (oil change) coupons, craft stores, store receipts.
Peter Walsh, in my opinion is a great organizer. Here’s his Mini File another great option.
Mini accordion file fits like a glove in your purse.
Magazine holder from Ikea holds more of my home management this can also be used to hold your weekly inserts. This is my system to help keep me organized.
Here’s my method of how I stay organized. As you can see I have four binders:
Coupons, Rain checks
- House Hold , Home repairs, projects, receipts
- Meal Planning/ Entertainment Planning
- Home Management
Your goal is to create a system that will keep you organized and that’s easy for you to maintain. I hope some of these tip and ideas will help you. Have a great day!