Confession time: I seriously WANT to be the type of person who is a ‘coupon binder‘ type of person. These people tend to be organized and enthusiastic about clipping hundreds of coupons, sorting and fitting them into their perfectly cute binders. Although I have in the past attempted to be a ‘coupon binder’ person…I seriously suck at it! I just don’t have the patience!
So, I’m going to share with you my method of coupon organization, which is called the “Clipless Method”! Yes, you heard right…I said clipless! I don’t clip a coupon until I absolutely need it and it has saved me sooo much time!
1. Each week I get anywhere from 10 -20 coupon inserts. The first thing I do is write the date on the front cover, then I file each of them away in my filing cabinet by Date & Coupon insert type.
2. I have a folder for each month of the year and inside those folders I have separate ones for Redplum, SmartSource, P&G, & Miscellaneous.
3. Each week, as I’m prepping my shopping list I refer to my coupon database to find out where to get my coupons. For example, let’s say I was looking at the Rite Aid Flyer and saw that Pantene was on sale. I’d go to my coupon database, search for Pantene and then it would tell me that the Pantene coupons were in the 6/3 P&G Insert. I’d then go to my file cabinet, pull out my P&G folder for June and voila, find the coupon, clip it and paper clip it to my list.
Pretty simple, right? But before you get too excited there is a downfall to this method. When I go to the store, I ONLY have the coupons attached to my shopping list & a small expandable folder with the printable coupons. Which means if I find something on clearance, there is a good chance my coupon for the item is sitting at home in my filing cabinet.
BUT, this is the price I’m willing to pay to NOT have to clip and reclip and stuff coupons into a binder!
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