My friend wrote and asked me to describe how I store my coupons. She made the comment that she originally didn't go "all out" with her coupon organization until she felt she was going to save money doing it. I can understand that as I also used a regular coupon organizer (the small kind you can get for a $1 pretty much anywhere) when I started. Then, I realized I was spending WAY too much time going through coupons in the store and I decided to do something different.I'm copying an email I sent back to a friend about how I have my coupons set up in hopes it will help others in their coupon organization. There are many schools of thought about how to organize coupons, so you may find a way that works better for you. This, however, is what works best for me.
I have a three ring binder (recycled from Josh's "stash" from school last year), plastic baseball card sleeves (borrowed from Josh's stash too) and plastic 4x6 photo sleeves (Walmart - 20 for like $2). I also have clear dividers that have pockets in them. This way I can put clipped coupons in the right divider until I have time to file them. OR, I can use them when I want to pull out the coupons I want to use at the store that day.I have sections for the following coupons and they are in order (pretty much) that they come in in the store.
- "Helpers" (seasonings, pastas, hamburger helpers, rices, dressings, etc.)
- Snacks/Junk Food (cookies, candy, gum, crackers, popcorn)
- Breakfast foods (eggs, cereal, bars)
- Baking (mixes, sugar, oils, jellos)
- Pet food
- Health/Beauty (shampoos, toothpaste, lotions, bandaids, deodorants)
- Baby (diapers, wipes, etc.)
- Household (detergent, cleaners, baggies, etc.)
- Frozen foods
- Dairy (yogurts, cheeses, biscuits -- you know, all that stuff usually on the last aisle)
I clip and store them in the binder and the binder STAYS in the car because I never know when I might come across something that I'll need my coupons for.
Last, but not least, here's a tip (from my Coupon Guru, Kelly) for those of you who might have those BOGOF Reese's coupons that came out a few weeks ago. Walgreens currently has a deal where if you buy two Hershey's candy bars, you get a free Coke Zero. By using these coupons, I managed to snag SIX Reese's bars (I got the three to a pack and they worked) and three Coke Zeros for $2.74.
Stay tuned for more money saving coupon tips coming soon!!