Recently, I made a new coupon organizer:
Click here to view How to Make a Coupon Binder, Part 1.
Click here to view How to Make a Coupon Binder, Part 2.
Click here to view How to Make a Coupon Binder, Part 3.
For those of you that don’t have a sewing machine, I recommend buying a large photo album from the dollar store for your coupon organizer. I had decided to make my coupon binder for free, while shopping at home, instead of spending a dollar and saving myself a lot of time. Plus, I was able to customize my binder, making color-coded sections for canned goods, refrigerated/frozen items, cleaning/hygiene/paper products, and CVS/Walgreens/restaurant coupons.
The Obsessive Shopper has an even better way to keep track of coupons. You acquire multiple sets of coupons, date and file them in hanging files, type information about coupons you’ll use in an Excel spreadsheet, and only cut coupons as you need them.
In the past, I’ve laboriously cut tons of coupons, only to have them expire before I use them. I would get behind and coupon booklets would pile up. Now, I have a sortable and searchable spreadsheet of coupons I’ll use. Listed in my spreadsheet are expiration dates and which coupon books/weeks the coupons are from.
Now, when an item goes on sale (or more often in my case, when I just need to buy a certain item), I search my spreadsheet, find listed coupons, pull the appropriate coupon booklet from my hanging files, cut out only the coupons I need, and go to the store.
Now, many of you know that you get to the store with coupons in hand and often find:
- A. The item your coupon is good for is not in the store (not present, wrong size package, etc.)
- B. The store has a better price on a different brand, usually the store brand.
So, there you are, back from your shopping trip, with several unused coupons. What to do with them? Well, I put my unused coupons in my lovely, new coupon binder. That way, they’re organized for the next time I need that item (or it actually goes on sale and my store is actually carrying the correct size!).