One of the most common questions I get from readers is how I organize my coupons!
The three most frequent methods that people use to organize their coupons are:
–Binder method: Use baseball card holders and dividers and organize by category – I will post more details on this later!
–Whole insert method: write the date on the outside of the insert and file the entire insert. If you use coupon match-ups that refer to inserts by date, this makes it very easy to locate the coupons you are looking for, but helps you to save time because you are not having to clip every coupon! I use this method!
–Wallet-sized organizer – I have a section for each of the stores I shop at most frequently (CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, Walmart, and Randalls) and I keep my clipped coupons for my weekly shopping trips in each section so they are ready to go at check-out!
Right now in the “Dollar” section at Target, they have the organizers that you can use for your coupons for $1! For the “whole insert method” I use a box with hanging file folders and I sort by month, but you could easily use the larger accordian-style holder picture in the first rack above, especially if you are just getting started. I use the smaller, wallet-sized holder pictured above for just $1.
Lack of organization is the #1 reason people get frustrated and give up on couponing. If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with organizing your coupons, check out the dollar section at your Target store and get started using the methods above. If you have questions, let me know! I will also have some guest posts coming soon with suggestions for organizing your coupons!
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