Coupon Course Part 2 : Organizing Your Coupons

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organzizingOrganizing you coupons can be a little overwhelming. It may even keep you from couponing altogether!!

We want to make it easy for you. Because there are many different methods used to organize coupons, and you will some examples below.

These methods should make the whole process a bit easier.

See this video of my friend, Laura explaining the different methods and talking about her own method.

Accordion File :

This is typically used to file away full inserts by week, typically by the date and insert type. When you plan to go shopping you can pull them out and clip what you need at that time. This is the easiest and least time consuming method to use when you follow a blog’s coupon match ups. For instance with my match ups, you can print off your shopping list and clip what coupons you need for your shop and be ready to go.

Bill File :

These are a small and easy way to organize and carry clipped coupons. A lot of people prefer this method because it’s small and compact. The downfall is sometimes it takes awhile to find what coupon you need while you’re in store.

Binder System :

This is the system I use and my all time favorite. It organizes all your coupons in plain site so when you are in the store you can quickly and easily find what you need. It also comes in handy when you run across an unadvertised sale or clearance item. This method typically takes an hour or two to do but it makes finding coupons much easier.

And make sure to snag a local newspaper (or a few copies) for all the coupons to match up with sales!

If you plan to do the coupon binder here’s an easy method to build your own, you can modify each section whatever way works best for you.

. These categories are just a suggestion, you should organize and separate it in whatever manner works best for you.

Creating your own binder :

Supplies :

Step 1 :

Decide how to section off your binder. You can choose to incorporate different product types together in sections or do separate dividers for each type, it’s up to you and whatever works for you. Here are my suggested divider sections

  • Bread/Dairy
  • Deli / Meat
  • Canned Goods
  • Cereal/Boxed Dinners
  • Snacks/drinks
  • Frozen Foods
  • Refrigerated Foods
  • Condiments / Spices
  • Desserts / Baking
  • Beauty / Razors
  • Personal Care (ie. shampoo, soap, lotion, facial, etc)
  • Medicine
  • Cleaning Products
  • Household & Paper Goods
  • Pet Supplies
  • Miscellaneous
  • Store (ie. Publix, Rite Aid, Target, etc)


Step 2 :

Insert the dividers in and place about 3 to 5 baseball card inserts per section to begin with, you can move these around and adjust the amount as you regularly put coupons in and see typically how many of each product type you have.

Step 3 :

In clipping the coupons, separate the inserts and stack each matching sheet together. it makes it easier and more efficient to clip 5 of the same insert pages at the same time. You can choose to do this by hand with scissors or with a paper trimmer like I show in the video. It all depends on how many you’re clipping as to what method works best.

If you clip the coupons on Sunday or whatever day you’ve allotted to set aside time for, once you’re done carry the coupon binder with you in your car or whatever, so it’s on hand when you have time to stop by the grocery store or drug store. It makes it easier and saves gas when you don’t have to make a special trip just to go grocery shopping or grab some coupon deals.

Ready for your homework?! This Sunday go out and pick up your local Sunday Paper which should contain the upcoming inserts for the week. Find a method you want to use to organize your coupons and get them set and ready to go!

See our other Coupon Course Posts to get the scoop on couponing!


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