I’ve had several requests on how how I organize my coupons. I wanted to make a video- but it was a bad hair day 🙂
I use the whole insert method, which is basically keeping your inserts whole until you are planning a trip. This is how I do it.
I started out with a paper accordian file. It eventually began to tear since I am in it so often. So I switched to this method- a file box and hanging file folders. Luckily, I had the folders so I only needed the box (paid $5 at a local discount store).
The newest date is kept at the front and when I need a new folder I take the oldest insert out and use that folder- changing the date on the front. I check through that insert and anything expired goes to our troops overseas.
Loose coupons, either printed at home, tear pads, in packaging, etc. are kept in this:
I LOVE this method. I only clip coupons I am using for a trip right then. Here are some of the most common questions I get;
Q: Don’t you miss sales and clearance with this method?
A: Sometimes. BUT what I may lose in a few clearance misses I make up in time. You will have to decide which is more important to you.
Q: How do you know where any of the coupons are?
A: The great thing about this method is that MSM tells us where the coupons are- either in the match ups (The date after the RP or SS is the insert date) or in the coupon database!
For me the benefits are worth missing a deal or two:
- Not clipping all 5 insert sets a week
- Not clipping coupons I don’t use
- Not missing clipping a coupon i will use on a money maker or other deal
- Not spending hours a week clipping, organizing, sorting, pulling out expired coupons
- Knowing if I need a coupon it’s just a click or two away in the database to see where it is
I know some people are devoted to their binders- and more power to them! I just personally don’t have the time or patience as a Mom of 3, student and running MSM. Missing a shampoo clearance or whatever is worth not spending all that time couponing.
As it stands I spend about 1 hour a week making my lists for Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter and the drug stores I will hit that week (most often CVS and Walgreens).