Organizing coupons is just as valuable as the coupons themselves. Almost everyone is looking to save some cash these days. One of the biggest places to save is undoubtedly the store, and whether you’re talking about your morning orange juice or the toilet paper in the bathroom, the chances are good that you can find a coupon to help you save a little more. Clipping all of those coupons, though, can mean a disorganized pile of paper in a hurry. Wondering how to create a little bit of calm in the chaos? The key is to create a system that works well for you. There are several different tips for each system you may want to consider.
Envelopes: Many dedicated couponers divide each type of coupon into an envelope. So those coupons for beauty products go in one envelope. Those for paper products go in another envelope. You clip whatever you plan to use, put it in the right envelope, and store it in a Ziploc bag or another container. Just grab it and take it with you whenever you’re ready to hit the store.
Expanding Files: These work even better than envelopes for most people because they’re so portable. They even make wallet sized versions of them, but they won’t hold quite as much. The method here, though, is the same. You’ll want to designate a particular pocket for each type of item, then put the right coupons in their assigned spaces. When you’re ready to shop, you just grab the file and go.
Zipper Binders: You’ve probably seen these on some of those couponing shows, and the reason you want a zippered binder as opposed to any other type is that if you accidentally drop it, things will stay put. On the front, you’ll want a few accessories like a pen and a calculator, then you probably want to carefully organize it. You’ll not only need to organize the coupons themselves, but the binder as a whole if you go with this method. Most people at least have two sections with the binder method: shopping and re-file. When you get done shopping, you can throw anything you haven’t used in the re-file pile. From there, you can organize your shopping section by product type or in alphabetical order. Do what works best for you.
No matter which method you ultimately choose, the key is to organize, and while doing that by product is the most common method, it’s not the only one out there. You could also organize according to a layout of your favorite store. For example, your store of choice might have the produce first, then paper products, then boxed foods, and so one. Putting your coupons in that order will help you move through the store quicker. The only drawback to that method, though, comes if you don’t regularly shop at the same store. Another option is to organize things by expiration date. That will help you keep your coupons current so you’re not pulling out the wrong coupon on the wrong date. One final way you may want to consider organizing your coupons is alphabetically. Using this method, apples come before bananas, and so on.
You can really save some cash with your coupons, but keeping them organized is absolutely essential to your success.
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