How To Organize Coupons

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Okie dokie guys, in the last few days of this 25 Days to a More Organized You series, we’re finally going to talk about how to organize coupons. (EEK!)  While I love clipping coupons, adore saving money, and penny pinching is undoubtedly one of my favorite hobbies, I really don’t like spending hours organizing coupons all that much ~ I just don’t have time for it!  Because of that, I’ve personally tried just about every method of organizing coupons on the planet, and will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of a few different methods with you.


Most importantly though, there is no one right way to organize coupons, and you may switch quite a bit as you go! This first post is a video that I shared of my coupon binder a little over a year ago, and while it worked for quite awhile, I’ve switched methods again (I’m just fickle that way!)  See below to watch the video (please be patient with this penny-pinchin’ nerd as you watch!), and then I’ll share my thoughts at the end. . .


The good:

  •  I love my coupon binder when couponing at stores that don’t keep a very detailed sales ad up each week. If you regularly shop Walmart, Kroger, Target or another store that frequently has “extra” deals in their stores that aren’t included in the weekly ad, you’ll be able to score extra deals because all of your coupons will be with you when you shop, and hopefully you can easily find what you’re looking for.
  • It’s easy to sort out which coupons are expired by keeping the expiration dates folded towards the front of each baseball card holder. It usually took me about ten minutes to quickly get rid of expired coupons at the end of each month. 
  • If you clip multiples of the same coupon (approximately more than 4), it’s very easy to keep them all managed here together so that you won’t lose track of what you have on hand.


The bad:

  • It’s time-consuming, and if you don’t manage your coupons very regularly, it very quickly becomes overwhelming. If you can dedicate 1-2 hours per week to this method, I’m betting you can keep it up, but for me it just got to be more than I could handle on a regular basis.
  • If you don’t get lots of multiples of each coupon (and consider yourself more of a “strategic shopper” rather than “extreme couponer”), your binder may be full of places for every coupon, but you may have a single coupon in each tiny slot. Filling those slots can take quite a bit of time, and gets to be frustrating for just one or two coupons.


The ugly:

  • Not everyone will agree with me (and that’s totally okay!), but for some of us not-always-so-organized penny pinchers this can become more work than it’s worth. For me, I constantly felt behind, and because I rely so much on a store’s sales ad to show me what deals are available, I even felt like I missed deals in that big ole’ binder because I wasn’t as focused on the sales ad.  While this method is definitely a favorite of many folks, at least at this point in my life I’m taking a break and trying to use only printable coupons. (I’ll share how I’m organizing those tomorrow.) So far, I’m loving it, and am probably happier right now with how my coupons are managed than I’ve ever been. It may not work for everyone, but it’s been a great happy medium for me!


Soooooo . . . how do you organize coupons and what tips do you have for any new couponers out there? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, as I am definitely always looking to learn a few new tricks!





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