How to Organize Your Grocery Coupons

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Initially, organizing your coupons may take a few hours, but it will help you save valuable time and money each week. Learn how to organize them using a 3-ring binder.

The first step to being organized is to be consistent by planning time to set aside just for clipping your coupons.

  • If Wednesday is your local paper’s day to publish grocery coupons, then get everything done early in the morning and take some quiet time when the kids are napping or in school to clip and organize your coupons.
  • If you can’t do it all in one sitting, then clip one day and organize the next.
  • If you paper publishes the coupons on Saturday or Sunday get your family involved in the clipping, then plan on spending time on Mondays organizing the coupons.

Method

  • Save shoeboxes for this activity.
  • Label each one for one category, then your family members can just toss them in for you to file the next day.
  • An alternative method would be to clip only the coupons that you know you will use. That way you won’t be tempted to buy items you could purchase for less or that you know you won’t use only because you bought it.
  • Just because it is a bargain because you have a coupon isn’t good enough reason to buy it. You must NEED it, not want it.
  • Toss the unwanted coupons into another shoebox when you’re filing them into your coupon organizer binder.
  • Offer the unwnated grocery coupons to others.  Find time each week or two for coffee and have a playgroup for the kids…while you’re there, swap coupons.

Filing Your Coupons

  • Take a 3 ring binder, insert photo holder pages, and divide sections with color tabbed index pages – one color for one category.
  • You can also find them with months and numbers on the tabs which helps with tracking expirations. If you don’t have enough colors, buy plain dividers and color the tabs yourself. (You can also code expirations with small round colored stickers placed onto the corner of each coupon.)
  • Insert coupons into each section on the pages.
  • Take the binder to the store and prop it up in the seat where your coupons are easily visible.
  • By using a 3-ring binder, you can make your grocery coupon filing system as simple or complex as you wish…whatever works for you is the best way.
  • Also, purchase dividers that have pockets on each side. As you shop, take out the coupons you will need at checkout and place them in the pockets.

Family Involvement

  • By involving the grandchildren in clipping, organizing, planning the shopping list which involves budgeting, you can help them learn an imortant life’s lesson…personal money management. This is something that can’t be taught in school…it needs to be hands-on for children to make a connection, to make it meaningful.
  • Give each member categories to be responsible for and the binder pages for filing the coupons. You can check them later, but it will save you time in the end.

Advantages

  • Have you gotten part way through your shopping and suddenly realized you’ve lost your list? It’s impossible to remember everything on your list. By using your self-made coupon organizer, you can slide it into the clear plastic front cover and you won’t have to worry about losing it when you get distracted.
  • A good thing about using a binder, you can move the category pages around so they are in the aisle order that you will shop.  If you have one store you consistently shop in, get a store directory from customer service prior to setting up you grocery coupon binder. Arrange the pages according to the directory.
  • Remember to take the binder with you in the car, just in case you need to make an unscheduled stop to the grocery store. You can quickly check the binder for coupons. It’s alot easier than worrying about envelopes or boxes or a clumsy, stuffed coupon organizer envelope.
  • Coupons are easily visible and organized by category and aisles.

What you need to make your own great coupon organizer:

  1. 3 Ring Binder
  2. Coupon Holder Pages
  3. Color Coded Tab Dividers
  4. Pocket Divider Pages
  5. Scissors for you and Safety Scissors for grandchildren
  6. Small colored round stickers for coding expiration dates

Nana Finds…

There is a minimum cost to get started, but your grocery coupon organizer binder can be used over and over and over…and that in itself will save you time and money over and over and over….

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