Being Organized is extremely important. If you cant find your coupons, how are you going to take advantage of the hottest deals? The 3 of us love the binder method (but use whatever best works for you).
This method can be some work but you will always have your coupons with you. You will need to cut and file your coupons every week, but when you find clearance or an unadvertised sale you will be prepared.
- 1 1/2″ – 3″ Binder
- 50+ 9-pocket baseball card pocket sleeves
- Construction Paper (optional)
- 24-32 Plastic Divider Tabs
- Plastic Pockets (optional)
- Zippered 3 hole pouches (optional)
1. Cut construction paper into squares small enough to fit into the baseball card pockets. Put one square into each pocket of all pages. These make a great divider to put coupons on each side. You will be able to see which slots are empty much more easily and not confuse the back and fronts of coupons.
2. Set up your Categories. Use whatever works best for you. You will be the one using it. Just to get you started, here are the categories (in order) that I use:
- Paper Products
- Dish washing
- Face/Skin Care
- Body Washes
- Girlies (Fem care)
- Oral Care
- Baby Items
3. Cut and file your coupons. Now they will be all nice and neat and you will have the ability to flip through and see each coupon with a quick glance.
This takes very little time. Just file inserts and cut as needed. All you need to do is check out your fave blog, myfave4letterfword.com, for the weekly sales and pull the noted inserts and snip needed coupons. Unfortunately, you may miss out on clearance and unadvertised deals.
- File box or cabinet
- 12 hanging files w label tabs
- manilla folders
1. Label each of the hanging files with each month of the year. (Dont remember the months? Here they are (in order): January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.)
2. Label your manilla folders with the date of your inserts as you go and file in the proper month file.
3. Clean out expireds periodically.