Last week’s Thursday Tutorial told you where to find coupons. So once you get them, what do you do with them all? How do you keep track of them so you can match them up with the best deals? Today’s tutorial will tell you what works for me, but remember you have to do what works for you.
I use 2 methods to store and organize my coupons. One method is to store whole inserts and the other is to use a coupon binder. I store my whole inserts in a drawer of a rolling sterilite drawer set. I keep mine in my kitchen under a desk. The same drawer set also holds my kids crayons and coloring books. Here’s a picture of my coupon drawer.
If you look at the top insert it says RP 3/15. That means it’s from the March 15th Red Plum inserts. Each time I get an insert I label it like this. If I have multiple copies of an insert, I will keep them together. This stack goes from the most current on the top to the oldest on the bottom. This system works for me because at A Full Cup the database of coupons and shopping lists show which insert the coupons are in.
Any coupon I get other then whole inserts I store in a coupon binder. For a great tutorial on how to make a binder check out this link on AFC. Here’s an example of a coupon binder.
The really nice thing about a coupon binder is you can take it with you to the store. That way if you find something on sale or clearanced that you originally didn’t have on your list, there is a chance you might have a coupon for it in your binder. Some people use a binder for all their coupons, and cut up and sort every insert just for this reason.
The reason I don’t do it with every coupon is time. I have a hard time finding time to sort the coupons I do put in the binder. I couldn’t imagine doing it for every coupon.
This tutorial tells how I store my coupons. Do you have any great tips? Post in the comments if you do