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Subject: Coupon Organization Questions
Date Posted: 1/20/2009 11:53 AM ET
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Hi everyone! I fell off the coupon wagon several years ago but I'm climbing back on!

In the past I kept my coupons in an accordian binder by date. Then I used the virtual coupon organizer to find the date the coupon came out and just cut the ones I needed for that week. It's a pretty good system and saved me lots of time with cutting and sorting BUT .   .   .   .   .   I would run across a sale somewhere and wish I had my coupon with me! Now that the kidlets are older they can help me cut so I want to change the way I organize.

So for those who carry their coupons with them in case they stumble on a sale, how do you organize them? What catagories and how long do you spend cutting each week?


Date Posted: 1/21/2009 2:28 PM ET
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check out couponmom.com.  the site will automatically watch for deals and match them with the coupons out there and let you know how to get stuff really cheap or for free.  or if you are looking for a coupon for a specific item you can search for it and it will tell you which circular the coupon is in.  i don't cut anything out until i need it.  just label the insert with a date and stash them in a plastic zip envelope i have.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 6:41 PM ET
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Couponmom is what I was using in the past. What I'm wanting to do now is have all my coupons with me when I go somewhere. Then if I find an unexpected sale while I'm out, I'll have my Qs with me, kwim?

I just don't know the best way to organize them.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 8:42 AM ET
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Before we switched to organics, I was big into couponing.  The best tip I ever read was from a member of a frugal forum years ago ... keep all your coupons in baseball card pages in a 3-ring binder.  It's easy to slip the coupons into the slots of the pages.  Just carry the notebook with you whenever you shop and it's simple to flip through and see which coupons you have.  Be sure to write "Coupon Binder" or something on the outside of the binder though or decorate it somehow.  I had a cashier at Target one time trying to accuse me of trying to "steal" it from the store.  Once I opened it up and showed her all the pages of coupons I had inside, she backed off.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:54 PM ET
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I just finally organized myself. I was getting so tired of going shopping and leaving my coupons at home or in the car.  I bought one of those cheap plastic index card holders (5x7) and a pack of blank 5x7 index cards.  I labeled the top of each card with a category and filed them in alphabetical order.  I also have my calculator and pen in there and all of the restaurant coupons that I always forget to have with me. I will leave it in my car, that way when we are out, even spur of the moment, I will have it with me.  It has worked great these last 2 weeks and with 2 stores having triple coupons I saved over $75 using my coupons.  I have never saved this much before.

Now if I can just remember my stupid canvas bags when I go in the store...

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 2:58 PM ET
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I'm not current on my coupons, but keep them in two check sized accordian binders.  Food and Non-Food.  I'll list my categories when I get a chance.

I tried the baseball card style, and I found I didn't care for it.  I like the accordian files better.  Of course it's a matter of personal preference.,

ETA:  It takes me about an hour to clip and file each week when I'm current.

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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:34 AM ET
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I just started clipping coupons this week. I have a stack of grocery coupons in a huge binder clip.Good thing I checked this thread... an accordian file makes so much more sense!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:41 AM ET
Member Since: 11/25/2007
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Ive tried different ways to organize coupons over the years..including pulling the ones that I definitly want to use on my next shopping trip

and put them in a legal size envelope with my shopping list listed on the outside of the envelope, ( this works great, if you dont want to

take your entire group of coupons in the store with you.)

I think Im going to try the suggestion listed here - of using a check size accordian file folder, thanks!

I have some "extra" coupons that I dont need...if anyone is interested in trading, please send me a PM.


Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:00 AM ET
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I use a 3 ring binder with photo inserts  (3 per page-opening to the inside of binder - available at walmart for around $5 per pack of 10). I found these inserts held my coupons better than the baseball card sized inserts but it is personal preference. As a pp suggested check out couponmom.com or do a google search on coupon binder and coupon binder photos. You'll get tons of hits. I can also email you pictures of my binder if you are interested. my email is my user name @yahoo.com

Don't be surprised if it takes you a few trips to figure out what works best for you. I know several people who file their coupons alphabetically while I file mine by category in the same order as the store I shop at most frequently. I have a few full size page protectors in the front that I use to put the current ad in so it's handy if I have a question while shopping.

If you decide to use the binder method make sure you leave yourself room to move things around. As you start gathering coupons you'll find that you need sub-categories. For example when I first started I had Frozen foods. After a few weeks I had so many coupons in that section that it was hard to find what I was looking for so I broke the category down into Frozen pizza, frozen veggies, frozen dinner entrees, frozen breakfast, frozen meats, Misc frozen

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:04 AM ET
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Great tip Diane!

Ive used those photo pages before to make photo albums, but hadnt thought to use those for coupons!

What a great idea!  Thanks for all of the great information.





Date Posted: 1/28/2009 12:54 PM ET
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Glad I could help. If you have specific questions just let me know. I'd be happy to share what has/has not worked for me. I'm a stockpiling type shopper so the majority of what I buy is on sale and purchased with coupon.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 1:04 AM ET
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Thanks for the tips everyone.


Date Posted: 1/30/2009 11:04 PM ET
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   I bought one of the 3 ring binders that zips all the way around..and some plastice sleeve baseball card pages~

A investment of about $14.00- but I know that it will pay for itself in no time!!

It also has some filing pockets inside..which comes in handy for recipes, etc.

and a pocket outside for some items that I use when my son goes shopping with me.

It works great!

Im going to PM you, thanks!


Date Posted: 2/1/2009 2:13 AM ET
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I've always used a recipe box for my coupons.  I use the dividers to put them into catagories and keep a space in front for

ones that will expire within the month.  I go through and pull them out at the beginning of every month.  When I'm ready to go

shopping I pull the coupons that I want that week and bring them in a coupon holder or envelope and arrange them according

to the aisles in the store.  (it sounds way more complicated than it is  LOL)