Friday, January 21, 2011
Find What Coupon Organizing System Works For You | Family Economics
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to save money? If so, I have a great tip: use coupons! As I began my coupon journey many, many years ago, I was struggling to find the best organization system. I switched back and forth between two popular coupon organization methods. I use somewhat of a hybrid of the two methods today.
If you are considering starting what I call “focused couponing,” I encourage you to check out the organizational methods that are available and see what works for you. Coupons can make a huge impact in your budget, they helped our family save over $6,500 in one year. That kind of savings is completely possible for anyone to achieve!
The two popular coupon organization methods are:
Binder Organization: This method ensures you have all your coupons with you at all times. You will need a binder and baseball card sleeves to get your coupons organized.
Each week when you get your Sunday newspaper, you cut the coupons you will use and organize them in your binder. The organization can be done by store aisle or general categories like frozen or box products. Or, even your own made-up approach. You will then pull the coupons when you need them based on what is on sale.
Filing Organization: The filing method helps you save time by only clipping coupons when you will actually use them.
When you receive your newspaper coupons each week, simply take a black marker and write the date on the front. You then file your entire newspaper insert by the week, or as I do, by the month. I use a hanging file folder with labels for each month and quickly grab the months for the coupons I will need.
With the filing method, the common question is how you know what coupons are in the insert if you haven’t cut them. If you follow websites that help you get your items on sale with coupons, they always share the date of the insert that the coupon was published.
For example, I can check a coupon database and can see that the November 7 Sunday paper had several great Glade coupons. When Glade items are on sale, sites like mine, Savings Lifestyle, will share so you can find your Glade coupons in that week’s insert. It saves you time because you won’t have to clip all of your coupons and you will still achieve all the savings!
How do you organize your coupons?