There are many ways to organize your coupons. There are coupon binders, coupon boxes, coupon folders, and the coupon envelope method. When I first started couponing, I used a coupon binder. I clipped EVERY SINGLE coupon and organized them very nice into a binder – they were organized by category. Once I started receiving MULTIPLE papers each week, I could no longer keep up. The time to keep up my binder was ridiculous. So, it was time for a change. So I began using the hanging file method. I file entire inserts. NO MORE CLIPPING!!! NO MORE SORTING!! Here’s a brief overview:
I do NOT cut out all my coupons from the newspaper because I get MULTIPLE papers each week. Instead, I file my coupon inserts by date! Did you know that the date is typed on the spine of the insert? I didn’t realize this for months! Each week my 4 newspapers arrive in my driveway (yes, you can order multiple papers in SOME cities!!). I then remove the inserts, and file them into hanging file folders , by date & insert name. For example, my labels for the paper I get on September 27th would read:
9/27 SS (SS= Smart Source)
9/27 RP (RP=Red Plum)
I have one folder full of 9/27 Smart Source and another for 9/27 Red Plum inserts.
That’s it! So easy. No clipping, no sorting…..
Now, I DO still have my old coupon binder. I use it to organize other coupons that I pick up while I’m out – blinkies, tearpad coupons or coupons that are mailed to me. *tip-if you have to fold a coupon to fit it into your binder always be sure your expiration date is showing so it is easy to remove them as they expire*
You can categorize them however you like, whatever is easiest for you (example: beverages, dairy, breakfast foods, pasta & rice etc)
WHAT ORGANIZATION METHOD DO YOU USE?