Yesterday, I told you about my low maintenance system for organizing my coupon inserts. Basically, I file them away each week into an accordian file folder that is divided by month.
So, the answer is that I’ve got a two-part system:
1) I place all “loose” coupons into a small basket that sits on the left corner of my desk. If my husband prints off coupons for me, he knows to put them there. If I get a coupon in the mail with a free sample, I toss it in the white basket. That $.25 basket from Goodwill is my holding zone, until I get around to doing something with the coupons. It prevents coupons from taking over my desk — and when they do, it saves me from wasting time trying to figure out what to do about the mess!
2) I clip the coupons down to size (stores don’t like to get a full sheet of paper with a printed coupon – they prefer that you clip it first) and then file them into one of two envelope-size accordian file folders. I picked these folders up at Target in the dollar spot. I arbitrarily use a green folder for DRUG STORE items, and a blue folder for GROCERIES. Each folder is sub-divided into 6 sections, which I have labeled with general categories. The ones that work for me are:
- baby care (includes diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, baby food, etc.)
- shampoo, conditioner, body wash
- razors, shaving cream
- deodorant, lotion, cleansers
- dental care
- pet care
- pasta, sauce
- olive oil, salad dressing, condiments
- cereal, crackers and dessert
- dairy & eggs
- frozen foods
- canned goods
Both of these small folders are permanently kept in my purse, so I don’t have to remember to put them there when it’s time to go shopping.
I also keep a third folder in my purse, which is my store binder. Like the blue and green binder, this one (which is clear green) also has six sections. I divide it into the stores I most often shop at:
- Hen House
- HyVee/Price Chopper
Inside the pockets, I put all the coupons I’ve pulled for that particular store. I also keep store coupons, my shopping list for the week, and any rebates or ECBs / RRs (= register rewards from Walgreens) I need to spend.
So, that’s it. A totally simple and no-fuss way to keep track of my coupons, without me having to spend hours a week organizing it all. I might miss out on a few deals here and there, but I figure the sanity savings are priceless!
Any questions? What do you think?
P.S. Sorry no pictures, I can’t find my camera cord! 🙁