Okay, you’ve accumulated all of this new coupon lingo, and are ready to start stockpiling your own coupons. If you’re going to be a serious couponer, it is crucial that you have some sort of organization technique.
Many times you will find an ad scenario that looks like this: $3.99 Secret Deodorant- Use $2/1 SS 2/15. Translated into plain English, this means, Secret Deodorant is on sale for $3.99. Use the $2 off 1 deodorant coupon that was in the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper from 2/15.
I’ve gotten advice from several friends on how to go about organizing my coupons, and here’ is the method that has worked the best for me.
First, I write the date on the very front page of each insert.
Then I file away all inserts from that day in their own file folder. I don’t have to waste time clipping coupons that I might never use, and when making my shopping list I can quickly access the coupons I might need.
Hot tip: Did you know that some dollar stores sell the Sunday paper?! I scored these three at my local Dollar Tree! If you are in coupon stockpiling mode, you might want to pick up 2-5 papers each week. As long as you use $2-$5 in coupons, you paid for the papers!
Other ways to organize coupons: http://tipnut.com/coupon-organizer-system/
Bottom line: You need to find a method that works for you! You don’t necessarily have to clip every single coupon and take them all to the store with you every week (though some people do!). Pick a method to try, and don’t be afraid to try a different one if it’s not working out!
Devon posts regularly on her blog, www.mamacheaps.com. When she is not blogging or designing personalized candy wrappers for her store, Winterwood Press, she is spending time with her husband and her 9 month ol