So everyone has their own way of organizing their coupons. I have tried a few and all have been a little less than desireable. I tried the large binder clip everything and fold and stuff into the baseball cards method. That takes SOOO much time. And its not the clipping that I mind, its the stuffing. Then I tried the, file by whole insert. That was fine because I don’t get a chance to go shopping every day of the week, but I still didn’t really know what I had. This led to me only relying on deals I found others post on their blogs and not so much my own deals. I like finding my own deals. So here is my newest organizational method and so far is going great!
1 half-sheet binder 8.5″x5.5″
75 half sheet page protectors
3 pkgs (15) half sheet tabs
My Mom actually found and purchased these items for me after we had a conversation about how much I hate my old binder.
Since I already had the typical binder method, I knew what categories I wanted. This time I switched things up a bit to make my drugstore coupons in the front and my grocery coupons behind them. So I clip all my coupons and throw the ones I know I won’t use into my coupon train shoebox (more about the coupon train in a later post). Then I organize by basic categories…grocery, baby, bathroom, cleaning, pet. Once everything is clipped I then organize within my subcategories. Such as Bathroom; oral care, razors/men, razors/women, meds, etc. Once that main category has been broken down I don’t have to worry about stuffing and folding and fitting my coupons into the small packets. I half a half sheet protector which they can fit into. Now this isn’t for everyone because I can’t open my coupon book and easily see every coupon. But it works for me because I plan out my shopping trips before hand (2 young kids = need a plan), and therefor I don’t have time to stroll up and down every aisle scoping deals. However if I spot a deal I have my binder with me and I can quickly go through my bathroom; toothbrush section and find for example the oral-B coupon that I knew I had to make that purchase a steal.
- Half the size of my other binder so it fits into my diaper bag/purse inconspicuously and leaves more room for diapers.
- I stopped clipping and organizing because I would run out of time, now I have it all!
- Organization is key, and I have it organized just perfect for me.
- It still takes time to clip everything.
- The binder is smaller, however if I decide to I could have 2 binders one for my drugstore purchases and one for my grocery items. So not much of a drawback for me.
Tell me, how do you organize your coupons?