How to Keep Your Coupons Organized
There are lots of ways to organize coupons; the key is to find the approach that works best for you. Three options to consider:
- Clipping out all coupons
- Clipping out just the coupons that you intend to use
- Leaving the coupon inserts intact, and clipping coupons on an “as-needed” basis
Whichever approach you choose, there are several things that you can do to ensure that your coupons remain neat and accessible:
- Develop a filing system. Many couponers organize their coupons by grocery category–dairy, frozen foods, deli, etc. – but it’s not the only way to go. Find a filing system that works for you–by aisle, by expiration, etc. – and put it into action.
- Find a container to hold your coupons. Use a shoebox, a storage container, a coupon binder, a coupon wallet or a recipe box – it doesn’t matter what you choose – but it’s important to have a landing spot for all of those coupons.
- File coupons the same day you get them. Okay, so you may not always have time to file your coupons right away, but try to file them as soon as you can. This will prevent them from getting lost, and save you the hassle of having to sort through a big mess of coupons all at once.
- Purge regularly. Expired coupons won’t save you money, so don’t let them hog space in your coupon file. Set a schedule for purging expired coupons, and stick to it.
Methods of Storing Coupons
Binder – You will need at least a 3 inch 3 ring binder, baseball card holders, and divider tabs (preferably with pockets)
You will cut and store your coupons according to how you have your tabs divided
**Tip – do not store health and beauty under the same tab
**Tip – set your dividers up to how your preferred grocery store has their aisles divided
Accordion file – You will need a sturdy accordion file
You will store your whole uncut inserts in a different slot for each week
**Tip – separate your inserts, match them up, and staple “likes” together before filing (this will help when you go to clip)
**Tip – keep a slot for store coupon booklets
Spreadsheet – You will need a 3 ring binder, baseball card holders, access to a computer with a spreadsheet format.
Log all your coupons into your spreadsheet and then clip and place in appropriate slot number.
Handheld coupon sorter – For the smaller scale couponer and daily shopping trips.
**Tip – use a handheld sorter to keep all your coupons divided for that week’s sales by store. Also store your store cards, rainchecks, rewards that you have earned, and receipts (for a couple of months) in case you need them for rebates or returns.
*TIP: All storage methods should have a spot dedicated for store coupon policies (you may need these at times)