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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Couponing: Part Seven–How To Organize The Coupons

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I’m jumping ahead of myself, a bit, with this post.  Blame it on the Back-to-School season starting up.

I’m going to share with you how I organize my coupons. (Pics included!!)  I still have more ways to share about how to acquire coupons, but if you already have some lying around, you can start organizing them in a way that works for you.

Keep in mind that I’m showing you what works for me.
It may not work for you.  It took me a few tries using different forms of organization before I figured out my way.  Don’t get discouraged.  You’ll figure out what best suits you and your needs.

About three years ago, I purchased a two-ring binder at Target called  a “Case-It”.  This is why I mentioned that the Back-to-School season  made me write this post.  This is the best time to find binders at sale prices.  Forgive me for getting ahead of myself  but I do have your best interest at heart.  :-D   I’ve heard that the “Case-It” binders are also at Sam’s Club, but I can’t verify that for you.

Me with my coupon book

In my book, the first set of rings is for my food items.  The second set of rings is for my non-food items.

My coupon book showing the two sets of rings

You will also need some baseball card inserts, (those clear inserts that have nine pockets for nine baseball cards). I’ve found them at Walmart and Target in the baseball card collecting section.  I’ve also found them at Office Depot.  In each of those pockets, you need to insert an index card that’s been cut down to size to fit in the pocket.  This is going to allow your baseball card insert to hold at twice as many coupons than if you didn’t insert the index card.  You can insert coupons on one side of the index card and on the other side.  This enables you to get more bang for your buck!

Index cards inserted into baseball card inserts

Next, I bought labels to attach to the insert pages and alphabetize my coupons.   (See my pic below).  I alphabetize based on the manufacturer of the product.  Some people organize their coupons by the type of product: i.e.:  Cleaners; Medicine; Baby Items; etc.

Alphabetical labels on my insert pages

Lastly, see that purple pencil holder in the middle?  I bought three of them and wrote a store name on each. The purple one is for Kroger.  I pull out the coupons that I will use while I’m making my shopping list. Then,  place them in it.  It’s easier for me to do it then, than if I’m shopping.

Pencil holders for holding coupons I will use for my shopping trip

That’s all I can think to include for now.  If I’ve missed including some information, please be sure to comment below and I can respond.  I hope this has been helpful to you.

Happy Couponing!!


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