Coupon Organization

Obviously, you will need coupons. However, you will first need somewhere to put said coupons. Each coupon guru has their own system. My advice is to find one that is comfortable for you.

Some people keep the entire coupon booklets, file them by dates, and only cut out what they need as they need it. The drawback to this method is that if you see something on clearance, you do not have your coupons readily available. I personally cannot use this method. I need to know exactly what I have at all times. Yes, my binder goes with me into every store. Twice, I left it in the car. Twice, I had to go back and get it.

Others use envelopes. I have too many coupons for that method. Some only buy coupons in bulk for exactly what they are buying. Some sites will offer large binders already put together.  Again, what works for you is best for you. Methods change and grow as you learn.

I will describe what I do, or have done. I started with a 1 inch plastic binder which quickly grew to a 3 inch binder which has now grown into a large cloth binder (which I got for 50% off) with 5 plastic files, a mesh pocket, 2 pen holders containing pens, and a pencil pocket that I added myself. This is the purple binder that I am holding in the picture. The mesh pocket now holds a medium pair of purple scissors, a purple highlighter, and my extra tabs.  As I am shopping, I pull and place any coupons that I will be using during that shopping trip into my purple pencil pocket. I do not pull them before because if a store is out of inventory, it saves me from re-filing and confusion when checking out.  When I get to the cash register, I simply pull all of the coupons out of the pencil pocket, and hand them over.

I started with 1 package of baseball card holders. I am up to 4 or 5 now. I started with categories. Now I have sub-categories, and some of those are divided even further, as in, Personal Care, Razors, Bic, Gillette, Schick, and shaving creams. I also added page protectors. I bought several packages of tabs that can be peeled and re-positioned. The main categories are written on large tabs and placed on the page protectors. I use them as pockets.  Sub-categories are written on smaller tabs and placed directly onto the card protectors, or if it is something for which I get a lot of coupons, onto another page protector.  This way, when I am putting coupons into the book, I don’t get stressed. Lol. I simply put the coupons in the pocket/ page protector of the main category, and when I have a few minutes, I can sort out a pocket at a time. Also, this guarantees that all of my coupons are with me and in some semblance of order if I have to to get to the store before I am finished. I am notorious about leaving the Meds/ health coupons in the large pocket because there are soooooooo many of them! They are always the last to get sorted.

So, if you are just starting, feel free to confiscate one of your children’s school binders and some of their baseball card protectors.  They will get the binder back when you decide what works best for you. I saw one I liked the other day, but it is not purple, and it is not on sale. It, does, however, have a zipper!

Next time, we will discuss categories.