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Don’t Miss Out On Easy Savings: Coupons Pt 2

4522501474_fb4909d3a1 Last week I went over different places to get coupons. This week I’ll be going over how to organize those coupons.

Organizing

This is the process that will make or break you. If you have problems doing this you will probably give up so I’m going to try and give you the easiest way to do it.

What you’ll need is an accordion file, about letter size is going to be your best bet. It’s very portable and easy to use, so you can bring it to the store with you.

*Side note*

There are other ways to store your coupons, this is just how I do it and it seems to be the most portable. Another way you can do it is to buy a binder and sleeve with pockets. The only thing about it is that it’s a big upfront cost, but it’s another way to do it.

*End side note*

So, in what order do you want to put them? Well that’s a toughy. There are several ways to do it and only you can really decide what you like best. Here’s a couple of ways to do it, with their pros and cons.

Brand (My Preference)

Pro: It’s easy to know the brand name of a product, so looking up something is pretty easy.

Cons: If you want to compare the different coupons for a type of product to get the best deal (ex. laundry detergent) you might not be able to think of all of the different brands. So you might miss a really good coupon you have for a brand you don’t use often.

Category (Not My Preference)

Pro: Easy to look under a category of a product you need. Want detergent? Look under that section.

Con: It can take time to get the categories listed in a way that’s easy for you to use. If you don’t make the categories small enough, like Detergent, it can get overwhelming.  For instance, if you name it Laundry, there can be a lot of different coupons in that section.

When you organize your coupons I’d recommend putting the ones that are going to expire at the front of their designated section. This will remind you to use them first before they expire.

After a while you’ll build up a rather large supply of coupons. What you can do to keep order is to paper clip groups together (ex. all of the A brands, all of the sauces). That can help keep things civil in your organizer.

And Finally!!!

Now you’re all set. Get to couponing…ohhhh I forgot that part didn’t I? Well lucky for you there’s another episode next week that will explain it. So stay tuned to see how to use coupons for the best savings….dun dun dunnnn!!!

P.S. Some of the links in this post I earn a little bit of money from, in order to pay my bills. But I promise to never to intentionally lead you to a bad company and to never let the money affect my opinion.

How do you organize your coupons? Do you have any tips or any questions about this post?

Check out the Last Part of the Series

Comments (12)

  • This is a pretty great strategy. Clipping coupons is difficult for me as I dont get a newspaper locally (I mostly read online), so there’s not coupons for me to sit around and clip. I’ve found that it works best for me if I go to the store with a list and grab the weekly flyer on the way in. I’ll be able to save on the things I buy, but not buy what I don’t need.

    Jeff

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    • Yea those weekly flyers can really help you out. Thanks for the comment :)

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    Last week I went over different places to get coupons. This week I’ll be going over how to organize those coupons….

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  • We definitely need to get more organized with our coupons. My wife has a little folder she uses and she breaks them into baby items (diapers, food, etc) and everything else.

    I can’t find a damn thing when I need it!
    .-= Mike – Saving Money Today´s last blog ..How to Save Money on Groceries =-.

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    • I know what you mean. I hated not being able to find a coupon I know I had,

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  • Nicely done! I like the way you presented the information!

    My grandmother use to use a similar system. I haven’t been smart enough to use the same system yet (although I blogged about it :) ).

    I didn’t think about doing it by brand, interesting! Makes sense too though!
    .-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..MoneyReasons Weekly Cache 2010, May 30 Memorial Day =-.

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    • Thanks, I get a lot of my tips from my girlfriend. She’s a hardcore couponer.

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  • I just spent my day organizing coupons since I’ve slacked off since October. But they are a huge help when you stack them with virtual coupons, store coupons, manufacturer coupons, and rebates. We average $100 per week on groceries for two people without coupons and $40 a week with them. I feel like a big dope for slacking off for two months.

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    • yea, they are really powerful

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