Couponing can be confusing, especially for beginners, so here are some of my tips to help you out. Some of these will be old news to a lot of you, but remember we have new couponers being born daily! They need all the help they can get, so be sure to share your tips too!
Are your coupons sitting in a pile on the kitchen counter, stuffed in the junk drawer, or still in the newspapers??
Lack of coupon organization will likely have you ready to quit in no time! Even now, after all these years of couponing, I still get overwhelmed when I’m not organized. My method has changed several times over the years, but I’m finally settled on the binder system, although we have a love/hate relationship. I LOVE how super organized it is, but I’m still not used to the size of it. It can take a bit more time to clip & sort your coupons, but it’s SO worth it. I’m firm believer in clipping all the coupons. Some of the best deals I get are closeout/unadvertised deals that I am able to combine with a coupon…because I had all of my coupons with me. If your coupons are at home, un-clipped, you’ll miss out on countless deals. I tried clipping only the coupons I need and found it very frustrating. By the time I clip one or two on the sheet, it’s just easier to clip the whole dang sheet!! That said, I understand this just isn’t possible for everyone, so here are some other methods:
- Coupon box: Plastic box or small tote, usually with index cards as dividers. I used this method for a long time and still miss it. I loved how neatly and discreetly my little tote fit down in the front of the cart. I had to give it up because it was taking too long to find my coupons while I was in the store.
- Accordian: Used for storing whole inserts. Write the date on the front of the insert and file them whole, separated by week. Pull and clip the coupons as needed.
- Filing cabinet/box: A step up from the accordian. It just holds more.
- Binder: Clip and file your coupons into various size insert pages. It takes more time up front but saves you tons of time later on. And, your coupons are always ready when you need them.
- Expandable coupon holder: Used more for organizing your shopping trips and not all of your coupons. You’ll definitely need something like this is you use the no-clip method. These are super handy!
I use a binder and an expandable coupon holder!
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