Monday, March 16, 2009

Organizing your coupons

Now that we've established where to get your coupons, let's talk about how to organize them! There are so many different ways to organize that it really is up to the individual and what works best for you. I will explain a few options that I've seen and the one I personally use.

My personal coupon organizer is an accordion binder/folder.

It works for now, but as you can see, I'm beginning to bust out of it! It would be a great way for a beginner to start though! I have each section categorized and then use envelopes to sub categorize as such.

Dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash

Cosmetics/Hair body wash/soap, Olay products, lotions, mens, shaving, deodorant, makeup, shampoo/conditioner, feminine care

Cleaners/Paper Products paper products, dish products, sponges, plastic, laundry, batteries/light bulbs, household cleaners, air fresheners

Medicine chap stick, eye drops, stomach, vitamins, cold/cough, pain relievers

Baby baby food, diapers/wipes, wash/lotion

Dairy milk, eggs/butter, yogurt, cheese, Pillsbury products (I know...their not dairy, but they are refrigerated!)

Jar/Can oil, canned, salad dressing, condiments

Rice/Pasta/Spices spices/marinades, pasta, pasta sauce, salsa/Mexican, rice

Breakfast/Snacks Peanut butter/jelly, coffee/tea, bread, snack bars, candy, juice/soda, crackers/cookies, chips/pretzels/nuts, cereal

Baking Baking mixes, misc. (I should really rework this category and the breakfast/snacks category as the breakfast one is bursting and the baking one has few coupons in it.)

Frozen pizza, entrees, ice cream, vegetables

Meat/Produce/Restaurants self explanatory

Like I said, this is a great way for a beginner to start! For the more advanced, Crystal at Money Saving Mom has a really great way for organizing coupons. I think I may be switching to that soon.

Other "couponers" use binders with trading card pages and organize their coupons by brand or even by coupon. Like I said, there is no one right way. Whatever works for you. Also, what works for you at one point, may change or you may find you just keep tweeking it.

So, now that you've got your coupons, start organizing!

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