One of the biggest questions I get from people just getting started, or from people who have gotten frustrated, is how to organize their coupons. How do you keep it from getting overwhelming? More importantly–the subject of this blog–how do you keep your couponing from taking up too much time?
The ABSOLUTE BEST thing you can do is to organize. Don’t get a binder. It’s too time-consuming to keep up. Trust me; I’ve been there and done that.
Organizing your coupons is necessary because you should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER THROW A COUPON AWAY UNTIL IT’S EXPIRED. The very coupon you think you would never use is bound to be the one that turns out to be a $10 moneymaker right after you’ve thrown it away. So you want to keep all your coupons until they’ve expired, but you don’t want to take the time to clip them all out.
So here’s what you should do: Get a plastic file tote that will accommodate hanging file folders. Label your file folders January week 1, January week 2, January week 3, January week 4, February week 1, etc. Keep your inserts from each week in the appropriate file folder. This system is small, contained, and will roll over from year to year. When you need a coupon, you will just go to the file, pull out all your P&G inserts for the appropriate week (or whatever insert), and clip your coupons and put the inserts back in the file. You don’t have to clean it out until you get to that week of the next year.
Then, get an envelope for your purse (plastic envelope or otherwise). This is where you will put your coupons for the store you are about to go to. Simple as that.
Trust me. It works, and you will love it if you are crunched for time.