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People either love coupons, or they hate 'em. I'm the sort that floats around in the middle.
But no matter how much you actually use coupons, you still have to keep all those little pieces of paper somewhat organized. Not to mention a way to quickly access printable coupon sites and codes.
Without a coupon organization system in place, you could potentially be missing out on quite a bit of savings, and if you're on a small grocery budget, every little bit helps!
1. Keep a coupon folder on your internet toolbar
The amount of coupon sites can be really overwhelming, so I like to have a designated section for coupon blogs and sites I visit the most.
I'm not spending a ton of time searching for the right blog address, and I don't have to try and remember which site I found what. It's all stored away in the upper right-hand corner of my screen!
When it comes time to make my grocery list, or run to a store, I just browse through this list super fast. That way, I know I'm not missing any essential coupons or deals.
If you're not sure which coupon sites are the best, this post on the best online coupon sites will help you sort through the duds, and bookmark some really great resources.
2. Store physical coupons in a coupon organizer
Online coupons are one thing, but physical coupons are another. You have to clip, cut, and sort through your stack before you even step foot in the grocery store. Sometimes I'm still stressed out at that point!
Investing in a coupon organizer really helps.
I'm not talking those huge binders that extreme couponers use, but you do need to get something that lets you divide each of your coupons into specific categories.
You can use either a mini notebook, an accordion file, or a coupon box, but try to think what will work best for your current situation.
For a little over a year, I used a small notebook organizer from Current, and it was enough for what I needed at the time. However, I soon outgrew it, and knew I needed something a little bit bigger, and more organized.
Right now, I'm using a Glowgirl Fibers coupon organizer, and I really love it.
It's a stylish, yet durable solution to organizing my coupons, and stays in my purse…permanently. It seriously looks like another pouch or clutch!
At first, I wasn't sure how everything was going to work, as it seemed really big compared to how little coupons I owned, but I had absolutely no problems. Nothing fell out when I went to the store, and it was super easy to hold as I was shopping.
Each organizer comes with a stack of file dividers, and literally a ton, of labels to choose how you want to organize your coupons. One thing I've noticed is that everyone's brain works differently, so it's nice to create a system that works for you.
Depending on how much couponing you do, I would suggest keeping the categories as broad as you can, and maybe go into more specifics if you always have a lot of one type of coupon.
Here are the categories I used:
Even though pre-categorized labels come with the organizer, you aren't limited to using them if they don't fit.
For example, there wasn't a label for Rewards, and I really wanted a place to store my CVS extra bucks. So I used a small set of return address labels to make my own. You could also cut a larger label down to size.
3. Weed out expired coupons
Coupons expire, and it's frustrating to find a coupon that goes perfectly with a sale, but expired a week ago.
Set aside a time each week, or every few weeks, to go through your coupon organizer and throw away all the expired coupons.
This not only keeps your organizer up to date, but you also have a chance to look through coupons you may have missed, and you don't want to lose those savings!
Are you ready to get organized?
Start creating that bookmark folder on your tool bar, and if you need a coupon organizer, I have a special offer, just for you!
Glowgirl fibers is graciously giving readers a 10% discount off any purchase in their online store, so if you need a coupon organizer, now's your chance. They have various sizes, colors, and patterns available. Just make sure you use code CREATIVESAVINGS to get the discount!
And if you're all set with coupon organization, you can still use the promo code on Glowgirl's lovely line of checkbook covers, gift card holders, and tote bags.
How do you organize your coupons?
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