A couple of months ago, I told you that I prefer to use a low-maintenance, no-clip coupon system. I’ve received a couple of questions about how this clip-free system actually works, so consider this post your voyeuristic peek into my couponing cove. Here ya go, step by step:
1. I take the inserts out of the newspaper and label them immediately with a Sharpie pen. I use the initials RP for Red Plum, SS for Smart Source, P&G for Proctor & Gamble, and GM for General Mills. And don’t forget the date! (Sorry for the shiny flash glare – trying to figure out this blogging with pictures thing.)
2. I file the WHOLE insert (NO CLIPPING!) into this cool file box that I recently picked up from Target. The reason I keep the whole insert is so that I can easily locate the coupons I need based on the match-ups. (See more about the no-clip system here.)
Inside my file box, I have 13 file folders. The first is for my copies of the Whole Deal newsletters (I pick up a few every time I stop at Whole Foods). The next twelve are for each month’s worth of inserts. I keep all the inserts until the next year and then toss them into the recycling.
3. The top of my cool new box has this lift-up lidded compartment for extra storage. In here, I keep a Sharpie, my Target mailer coupons and a ruler (I find the ruler faster than a scissors for cutting out the coupons I do need).
4. To coral all my printable coupons, I picked up this cute maize yellow basket on 75% off clearance at Michael’s for just $2.54. I used to have them in a garage sale-find basket ($.25), but it had a handle that kept getting in the way.
5. The file box and basket hang out next to my desk and keep my coupon collection nice and tidy until I’m ready to restock my coupon files.
And that’s it — my simple, organized and clip-free way to store my coupons until I need them. Stay tuned next week for a little pictorial post about what I do with all the coupons sitting in that basket. (You’re all breathless, I’m sure….)