Here are 5 ways to organize your coupons to make it easier for you to keep track and help you be more effective saving money while using them.
1. Repurposed Clutch
Start with a small clutch, and use recipe dividers to create sections. We recommend organizing the dividers based on the layout of your grocery store. That way, you can easily set your stylish organizer in the upper basket of your shopping cart as you go from aisle to aisle matching items to coupons. Then, just pop it back in your purse or shopping tote for next time.
2. Mini Expandable File Folder
Found in the office supply aisle of most major retailers, the accordion-like design of expandable file folders creates pockets for easy sorting. If you’re not the type to map out your supermarket, it’s simple to organize by general departments like produce, meat and bread. And for folders absent of tabs, use sticky notes to make simple section labels.
Binders can range from basic 3-ring organizers to full-on suites for pens, pencils, calculators and more. Choose a size based on your commitment to coupon clipping, then store coupons and shopping lists in clear page protectors. Create sections with page dividers. If you like to know exactly how much you’ll save at the register, a binder with all the bells and whistles will offer space for the tools you’ll need to tally up your bill and keep track of your savings.
4. Basket or Crate
Create a coupon clipping station by placing a basket or crate next to the area where you set your mail. Simply fill your container with file folders, spruce them up with a design of your liking and use each folder to categorize coupons by store. For added convenience, keep a pair of scissors in your container for clipping coupons as they arrive.
5. Menu Organizer
Create a take-out menu organizer using a small notebook, then turn it into a two-in-one tool by using your organizer pockets to slip in coupons for each restaurant. You’ll be prepared during your next order and won’t have to pay full price. You can use this same organizer idea for grocery store coupons, too. It’s just the right size to fit in the glove box.
Source: P&G Everyday