Do you have a special system for organizing your coupons?

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Rachel - posted on 12/13/2010

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I used to have a small accordian file with things organized by category, but it took me forever to find things I needed...so now I have a binder with baseball-card-type pages to separate the coupons. The best part is I have it broken into grocery aisles, so I flip pages as I go, and it's much quicker and easier to see what i have. :)

Becki - posted on 01/24/2011

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A binder with baseball card holders. It is very time consuming in the beginning but it is worth it when you find the coupons that you need & when you don't have to dig through 100's of other coupons.

Aurora - posted on 01/24/2011

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I have used baseball card pages and that works good takes alot of time, I am now using a photo book and have sticky notes for tabs breaking them down by alphabetic and by catagory. That seems to work for me. This leaves extra space to store the ones you pull out to use.

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File them by grocery aisle titles, then alphabetically (if you have the time). Make sure they are in a container that will STAY CLOSED. What a pain to have organized coupons fall out! Using couponmom method, you can just date your Sunday inserts, refer to her site for store sales you can combine with available coupons, and she tells you which circular (by date) to find the coupon in, so you only cut out the ones you need. It seems the binders with notebook pages works the best for accessibility.

Niki - posted on 12/10/2010

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A clear expandable envelope works miracles (the kind you'd use for bills), then instead of months tabs, you mark store names (or whatever works for you), and you always have them right where you can find them. Good luck!

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Cody - posted on 04/13/2012

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I have a binder with the basball card holders that I just break down into basic catagories. The larger coupons i just fold over to make them fit. When I get the circlars I then pull the coupons I need for that store and paperclip them and I have a three hole pencil case that has CD Rom slots on the back of it and have labeled them for each store and I put the coupons in that store slot. I also make my shopping list by store with what I would like to buy and how many coupons I have for how many items. Sometimes I have to break it up into multiple transactions due to coupon rule at the store (normally two transactions). That way I am organized and ready to shop and it takes less time.

Michelle - posted on 04/09/2012

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I use to clip all my coupons and organize them until I learned the file method. It saves me so much time. I save at least 50% on my groceries every week and usually average 60-75%. This includes diapers, school supplies, groceries and other items (most everything I buy). I collect my Sunday coupons and write the date on the front with a large marker. I then file them in a box (yes a regular box) behind the last Sunday coupons wth a file folder in between to mark the next Sunday. Most coupon websites will tell you were to find the coupon. (SS followed by the date) I then would locate the Smart Sourse with the same date and pull my coupon. I would say that I save the same amount of money versus the binder method, but I save half the time not cutting out all of those coupons. I also shop with my list from one of those coupon websites that I can just print from their site.

Rhonda - posted on 02/11/2011

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I created a spreadsheet that I use when getting ready to grocery shop. It contains the following headings - have, need, on sale, coupon , coupon on card (I shop at kroger and you can download coupons from the Kroger website and some other sites directly to your rewards card), the name of the item, notes ( In this column, I put how many I need to buy to use any coupon I have and the brand name of the coupon. I have par levels that I like to keep my pantry at so with the have and need columns, I can do a quick inventory of what I have and then write down how many I need to reach my par level. I buy groceries once a month and plan out meals for the whole month. I buy large packs of meat and break them down into meal size packs. With this spreadsheet grocery list, I can already have my coupons ready that I am going to use before I go to the store and have my grocery list with quantities I need by grocery aisle, it makes it much quicker when shopping. It takes a few hours to get everything ready but when compared to shopping every week and possibly spending more money ( I found that the more you go to the grocery store, the more you spend), it is well worth the extra time.

Kim - posted on 02/04/2011

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If you go to refundcents.com she has a coupon filing system that is really good. I bought it but if you get over 10 inserts a week all your cpns won't fit. I break mine down into catagories, like condiments then break that down even further. like ketchup, mayo, mustard, steak sauce. blabal then i break that down into brands i use index cards with tabs on the top and make tags for each. i go to the section i need flip the tab i need and look through the cpns. When doing your weekly sales i go ahead and pull everything that i will use in that trip. I write what cpns i have and how many and buy the brand and everything is already ready in todays trip file. If i find cpns in the store i put them in the cpns to file slot. I try to keep up on my expiring cpns by keeping them up front to use first. It takes alot of work to get it going at first but once your system is in place it goes really fast. I have used this system for a really long time.i know alot of people who use the binder system but for me it just didn't work cpns were just too hard to get out of the sleeves for me.

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011

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Also, my binder is fairly large and zips closed. Before I got the zipper binder I dropped my binder once and had to do a lot of resorting.

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011

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I have to fold some of the coupons to fit in the baseball holders but many will slide in vertically. I make sure the picture or product name is showing. I'll put like items in the same pocket.

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011

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I use a binder with dividers and the plastic sheets with pockets that hold baseball cards. I can go to the right divider and then see most of my coupons at a glance. I have a couple of sheet protectors for P&G coupon inserts because I don't always clip those until I need them.

Janet - posted on 01/26/2011

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I have a business size envelope file I picked up for less than $1 and have the tabs labeled: Pantry, Dairy, Frozen, Cereal, Pet, Personal, and by individual stores: Cub, Target and walgreens. I place them inside my reusable bags.

Christine - posted on 01/26/2011

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Can someone please post a picture of what the binder with baseball cards looks like with the coupons in it? I am having a hard time visualizing how to get larger coupons in them. Thanks

Morgan - posted on 12/19/2010

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I organize mine in envelopes that I keep in a plastic box. I sort them by category: health and beauty, baby, home, dry food, refrigerator, and freezer. This makes the most sense for me personally, but most of my friends organize alphabetically (which works best for them). I think I would have a hard time remembering how I organized them if I did it that way too (for example: Frosted flakes - did I put that under Ffor its name - Frosted Flakes, K for the brand - Kellogg, or C for what it is - cereal?) I also have envelopes for expired coupons and coupons to take to the coupon swap box at church. We send expired manufacturer coupons to military bases oversees - they can use them 6 mos past the exp date, which helps them a lot.

Sarh - posted on 12/13/2010

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I just sort my coupons by Groceries in one clip, baby items in another clip, and then none grocery and non baby items in another clip (I use the like binder clips or whatever). From there I organize them by expiration date. This works awesome for the baby coupons because I have sooo many diaper coupons and if they were not in order of expiration date then I would be throwing so many away. Every time I cut coupons I look for old dates, throw them away and file in my new ones. It doesn't take too long and it's not too hard for me to find them. I like the accordian files as well and I am actually looking for one. Much easier then looking through a clip of coupons and dropping them all over.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2010

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Yeah, I'd also like to learn some ideas. I keep a drawer full and they all get lost in the shuffle, wrinkled, torn, and I bet there are a ton in there that are already expired.

Tara - posted on 10/16/2010

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I just use a alphabetical organizer, but to be honest it doesnt work for me. I need some ideas too.

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