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A Little Series

July 15, 2009

Based on a few suggestions/requests, I’m going to run a series of posts from my handbook.  Back to the basics!

How should I organize my coupons?

There are a few different options for organizing coupons, and ultimately, the decision is up to you to decide what works best for you.  I will give an overview of some of the more popular systems:

  • Coupon File: This is just a small coupon organizer that can be purchased at any grocery store/WalMart/Target type store for about $3.  There are several sections to divide coupons into after you’ve clipped them.
  • Insert File: Some people prefer not to clip all the coupons as they arrive, but rather write the date on the front of the inserts with a marker and store them as a complete insert in a file box.  Most websites that match a sale to a coupon will tell which insert the coupon was in, so you can then go clip the coupon you intend to use.
  • Here’s how I do it: I don’t like to file the inserts, because I find that I might find a hidden sale or clearance and then not have the coupon with me.  I use a coupon filer that I keep in my purse.  I keep high value coupons and things we use regularly in there.  However, I tend to have way more coupons than will fit in there, so I have a photo box that has many zipper bags to organize the coupons that I will only use if I have planned the deal in advance, such as most toiletries, household, medicines, etc.  Try to be as specific as possible so it’s easier to find them when you need them!
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One comment

  1. Love your site – checking it out about every other week. Attended one of your parties a few months ago as a guest of a guest and you have changed the way I shop and the way I look at money. So much so, that the hubbie now and then whispers to me, “intervention.” Thank you!



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