Organizing your coupons is important to avoid frustration and to make the process a lot easier. I use two different methods. Like I mentioned earlier, I clip the coupons I think I will use each Sunday. Here is how I organize the coupons.
Clipped Coupons-I use trading(baseball) card protector sheets in a zip-up binder. I used to use regular sheet protectors(the full page) but I was always pulling out the entire stack of coupons and flipping through them. So the trading card protector sheets work much better for me. Then I use divider tabs to categorize them. These are the categories I divide my coupons into:
*Dental-toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes
*Personal Hygeine-razors, deodorant, body soap, shampoo, etc
*Femine Products-that explains itself!
*Paper products-toilet paper, paper towel, ziploc bags, foil
*Baby Items-diapers, baby soap, wipes, etc
*Snacks-popcorn, chips, etc
*Condiments-ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, etc
*Breakfast-cereal, granola bars, etc
*Entrees-meat, frozen meals, etc
*Pizza-I have separate one for pizza because it seems like we get so many
*Dairy-milk, eggs, sour cream, yogurt
*Dessert-ice cream, sweet snacks
*Target-all of my Target coupons
*KingSooper-low value coupons that I know I’ll use at KingSooper since they double coupons
Unclipped Coupons-The coupons I don’t clip I leave in the insert and write the date on the front page so it’s easy to read. Then I put them into file folders and write the date and name of the insert on the tab with a pencil. When I need a coupon from a certain date and insert it’s easy to find. The file folders go in a small plastic file box.
The combination of these two systems has worked the best for me since I usually plan my shopping trip ahead of time. I need to be better about always having my coupons with me. It would be easy enough since the file box is small enough to put in my vehicle(it even has a handle on top). I have gotten a lot better about always bringing my binder with me. It’s a lot easier to bring it with since it zips and I don’t have to worry about all the coupons falling out. What organization method works best for you?