Unless you want to be overwhelmed with little bitty coupons everywhere, you need a system to keep them organized!! 🙂 There are many different systems out there, but the trick is to find one you like and one you can keep up with!
Here are a few ideas:
1) Coupon Binder
Coupons are clipped and placed in plastic sleeves in a binder. Generally, coupons are organized by category. I have heard of some who organize them alphabetically!
Pros: Easy to see what coupons you have available. Fairly neat and easy to tote around.
Cons: Can be bulky in the shopping cart. Putting coupons in the sleeves can become tedious.
2) Clipless Method
Inserts are dated and filed in a box or organizer as they arrive. They are not cut until they are needed.
Pros: Less time spent cutting and organizing coupons
Cons: Might not have the coupons you need for unadvertised sales or markdowns. You might not always remember what coupons are available.
3) Envelopes or Accordion File (or Wallet)
A category is assigned for each envelope (or section of the file). Coupons are clipped and sorted accordingly. Envelopes can be stored in a plastic tub, shoe box, basket, or whatever you have on hand.
Pros: Takes less time to sort and store (than the binder). Easy to transport.
Cons: Depending how many coupons you have, it may take extra time to look through and find the ones you want.
My current (and favorite) system so far is a combination of 1 and 2. I’ll be sharing my system next week! In the meantime, I’d love to hear how you organize yours!