First, I'd like to share what works best for me (Jamie).
This is a picture of me at Bi-Lo, with my coupon binder and my little store divider. This happens to be the system that works for me:
- Health & Beauty
- Produce/Meat/Packaged Foods
2) After I research the weekly ads & matchups, I pull out the coupons I’d like to use for each store and put them in my little purse-sized divider. I then throw it into my purse so that whenever I have time to stop at a store, I have my favorite coupon-matchups ready to go! My little store divider is categorized like this:
- Food Lion
- and “Other”(which is where I keep high-value coupons that will work well just about anywhere)
3) And now, I will humbly admit to you that I do not always find the time to actually clip my inserts or printables (GASP!!). That is why I actually have a THIRD system for keeping printables and newspaper inserts organized until I get to them! I have a cheap expanding file that I drop the inserts into, according to the week they came out. (TIP: If you aren’t sure what week they’re from, you can find the date on the spine in tiny print.)
Despite all the pains I take to keep my coupons “ready for action”- there are some, in reality, that are still hanging out in my minivan, on top the breadbox, and under stacks of mail. I’m an unorganized procrastinator at heart, and yet, I still manage to save 50%-90% per shopping trip. I hope this not only gives you a couple storage ideas for starting out, but also encourages you to “soldier on” in your efforts to save money for your family with couponing (Even IF you are organizationally-challenged like I am!)
Okay, enough about me! What organization system do YOU use to help corral all those valuable coupons? Post a link to your own blog post touting your method below!