I think 90% of saving money at the stores is being prepared. If you go wandering into the store at the last minute to buy dinner, you’re most likely going to pay full price. If you start looking at the store circulars, cutting coupons for items you will need in the coming weeks and planning a menu, you will pay much less for your family’s food and supplies.
One of the necessary evils of being prepared is to decide which method of coupon organization you want to use. I’m sure we’ve all tried many different ways to organize coupons. It can be time consuming and less face it- a real pain.
There are two main ways to organize coupons for serious couponers. The first is the coupon binder method. You can read my post on making a coupon binder here. This is the method that I primarily use as of now. It’s easier than other methods I’ve tried. You put your coupons in baseball card sleeves so you can group coupons together and check the expiration dates at a glance. The only problem with this method is that deals for coupons that you haven’t cut out come along and if you’ve thrown out the circular, you can’t cash in on the deal.
The second method of organizing coupons is the file box method. You get a file folder box like the one pictured above. You store whole inserts in the box filed according to date and whatever type of insert you have. For example you could put all of your RedPlum inserts in red file folders according to the date. This method is good because whenever you see a deal on ML2S or wherever, you can pull the insert out easily and particpate. The only con of this method is that the box is too bulky to take out to the stores so you have to transfer your coupons to take with you.
I use a combination of the two methods mentioned above. I cut out the coupons that I’m really excited about and put them in my coupon binder. I store the rest of each insert in my file box so that I never miss out on a deal
Do you have a method that I didn’t mention ? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about it.