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    • Organizing Your Coupons

      Are you new to Coupon Clipping? Over the years our readers have offered lots of tips and suggestions for organizing those coupons to you can maximize your savings.

      What do you Need to get Started ?
      1. 3 Ring Binder ( available at Wal-Mart for $1.96 - often even cheaper)
      2. Trading Card Pocket pages - these are in the office supply aisle and are 9 pocket poly/laminate full size pages (Wal-Mart 1.44 per pkg regular price)
      3. Coupons- from the Sunday paper or printed from your computer, etc.
      4. Optional- full size poly pages
      Even if you are not an avid coupon clipper, I highly suggest starting with the items listed above.


      1. It will save you time
      2. You'll find more deals
      3. You'll be more likely to use your coupons rather than having them get lost in the bottom of your pocketbook/purse or forgotten at home.
      4. It helps keep your barcodes clean and easier for the cashier to scan
      5. Its easier to see what you have for coupons- rather than flipping through an accordion style coupon book.
      How to get started . . .

      1. Place your Trading card pages into your binder and divide into as many sections as you need (Refrigerated, Cleaners & Detergents, Baking Goods, Frozen items, Personal Care, Pets etc)

      These sections will be personalized to fit your own family.

      2. As you begin clipping your coupons, slide them into your binder in the correct section.

      I usually do this as I'm watching a favorite TV show in the evening, or catching the latest news.

      3. If you're really organized you can insert them according to the savings, for example, all the .25er's on 1 page, or at the top of each page. Generally speaking, I don't do this!

      4. Each week double check the expiring coupons as you're adding to the binder. You can use colored dot stickers to alert you to hurry up and use the coupon or to be looking for that item on sale that week.

      Various Tips

      1. Keep the Binder in your car. That way, no matter when you run into the store, you'll have the deals at your fingertips.

      2. Find out whether your favorite grocery store accepts coupons. Since most stores Corporate policies allow coupons, most store managers are able to set their own standards as to what they will or wont accept.

      I've added a few photos here and there so you can get the idea of how our coupon binder looks.

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      Comments 41 Comments
      1. kheffner's Avatar
        I use a 3 ring binder for my coupons...you can find the plastic card holder sheets at Target, also....I try to put only one coupon in a card sleeve....I'm already needing to buy more card holder sheets....might have alot of sheets but it's easier to see the coupons when there's only one in a sleeve...I love my coupon binder...
      1. bebecaudill's Avatar
        I am a new coupon user. I have always love finding a bargain or getting things on sale (just makes me excited). I have tried to coupon but it seem like when I have a coupon that item is not on sale and when it does go on sale my coupon is out of date. what am I doing wrong?
      1. kheffner's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by bebecaudill View Post
        I am a new coupon user. I have always love finding a bargain or getting things on sale (just makes me excited). I have tried to coupon but it seem like when I have a coupon that item is not on sale and when it does go on sale my coupon is out of date. what am I doing wrong?
        Just be patient....I usually go to either Southernsavers.com or Couponmom.com to see what sales my stores are having for the week....I make my list according to the sale items and match them up with my coupons...on these sites, they tell you what coupon and where you can find it for the item.....RP(redplum), SS(smartsource), PG(proctor and gamble)and what date the item was in the paper....eg:RP 2/21.....stick with it and you will get hooked...your addrenaline will flow and you will get excited every time you go to the store and know you will be coming out saving more than you spent....
      1. knittywitch's Avatar
        I have been couponing for awhile and aim for 50 to 60% off on a trip. My problem is the baseball card pockets. These pockets are too small for most of the coupons I get. Putting one per pocket takes a huge amount of time and if one has a lot of coupons then many, many pages are needed. I find the 3 1/2 X5 or even the 4x6 works much better.
        Seriously, how are you fitting any but the smallest coupons in those tiny pockets? And, don't tell me you are folding them. That takes even more time and then you can't see what the coupon is for!
      1. Tara M.'s Avatar
        Being new to couponing, I have a couple of questions. I saw that you can go to coupon sites to see what stores in you area have on sale so I was wondering if stores like Walmart, who do price matching, will match the price AND allow you to use a coupon on top of that? Also, do you think that photo albums would work for sorting coupons since they have larger pockets? Has anyone tried? Thanks!
      1. guppies36's Avatar
        This is a really awesome idea. I too am a coupon failure. Those accordion things are terrible and I can never find what I am looking for. The only issue with the baseball card holders is my 10 year old might hijack them...lol.
      1. mommashawn's Avatar
        When I was younger I used the accordion style and was also frustrated with it. I've stopped using coupons for quite a while now because of it. I'm gonna try this and get back into it.
      1. T.Ann's Avatar
        I'm a coupon failure also. I think I would do better using the binder and dividers though. I've got to try it.

        I'll also have to change stores because the grocery store I shop at quit taking computer printed coupons because of the coupon scams. They said they got burned to many times and now will only take company printed ones.
      1. marsha32's Avatar
        I have a large binder, but for months now I am not keeping up with keeping them cut and organized.
        I rarely pay attention to what the deals are.
        Christmas gifts suffered this year---or I should say that I a suffering as I have spent and spent on things that I normally would have had in my stockpile.
        The food stockpiles are also getting slim.
      1. mommytwofam's Avatar
        Great ideas. I so need to see this.
      1. bamo72's Avatar
        I use the acordian type. Fits in my purse better but I made my own and made my own dividers like what a notebook would be like. I usually can save about $50 to $100 per trip between coupons and my store card. It is worth it.
      1. RBunney's Avatar
        Thank goodness for this information. I've been clipping coupons but have them in envelopes which is sort of a pain. This is a great idea. I am definitely going to try it. Do you take the binder and all into the store when shopping?
      1. napi21's Avatar
        Hi, I live in Flowery Branch, Ga. I thought I'd share a "keeping coupons" hint I got online somewhere. Sorry, it's been too long and I don't remember who to give credit to. o

        Get an expanding file with lots of slots. I got a brown on that had10 slots and an elastic band attached to keep the flap closed when not in use. They sell them in office supply sections most everywhere. Label each slot with a "month". If you have 12 slots, that's great, but if there are less, just double up on a few months. Then, all you have to do is put the whole coupon flyer(s) from the Sunday paper into the slot. I take a sharpie and write the name & date of the flyer on the top edge (RP for Red Plum SS for Smart Source and the date 1/29) for ease in finding the right one. That way you ever have to clip any coupons until you need one of them. I use a web site www.southernshopper.com to check the sales at the various stores and they list which coupons can be used on the different sale items. They tell you a coupon from RP 12/14 is good on XXXX item. All I have to do is go to my file, find the coupon booklet from that week and clip it. No more hunting through a hundred different coupons to find the one I MAYBE remembered to clip!

        I've been using this system for about 1 1/2 years and it works great for me.
      1. tleibel's Avatar
        Any Canadian coupons available?
      1. Nicola's Avatar
        This is an awesome idea. I will take a picture of the isle…I hope they don't change around too often! Great idea!!
      1. lrearick1425's Avatar
        I am back to the accordion check file using legal sized envelopes for sub-categories. It's lighter and less bulky than the binder method. The most important part is to find a file that expands at the bottom as well as at the top. Office max carries one that is about six dollars.
      1. mike159's Avatar
        This idea helped me greatly. The accordion file never worked for me.
        I added a clipboard to the setup, (inside the front 'cover'), to hold my printed list form. I use a couple of binder clips to make sure it doesn't slip out.
        I am alone, and I buy mostly store brands, even so, on average, I save at least as much as the tax.
      1. kaycek's Avatar
        thank you for the wonderful posts and pictures on how to get organized! I so want to do coupons, however, I'm one of those who can never figure out how to organize. I'm chomping at the bit to get going now!
      1. GardenGirl22's Avatar
        I love using coupons, it really helps my budget when i compare the savings of using them along with my grocery store bonus card. The one thing i slack on is leaving the binder in my car, i have to remember to place it back into the car on Sunday nights, which is when i clip new ones.
        Also, just wanted to add that some grocery stores have the online "browse our isles" list so you can easily know the isle you will need to get the product from...which, if your like me, getting in and out of there fast is also a good thing!
      1. MaryI95's Avatar
        I have found that buying the Sunday paper and putting wants sales and coupons together is great. But buying more newspapers, more ink and all that clipping sometimes a clipping service is cheaper and easier.

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