As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve discovered The Fun with Food Storage Network. One of the sites that links to this is The Obsessive Shopper. They mention acquiring mutliple sets of coupons, organizing them by date and type (Smart Source, etc.), and keeping a spreadsheet list of coupons you’re interested in (instead of cutting them all out at once).
When you’re ready to buy something on sale at the store (or just need to buy something), you check your spreadsheet to see if you have a coupon. If so, you cut out your multiple copies, put them in a sheet protector with your shopping list, and head out to the store.
I tried that and had my hands full of coupons. I was constantly shuffling through them. It was not fun.
My solution: STAPLE MULTIPLE COPIES OF COUPONS TOGETHER!!!! If I have 4 Pillsbury coupons for the same product, I staple them together, with the earliest expiration dates on top. When I get to the register at the store, I tear off the number of coupons that I need. Back at home, I put my unused coupons in my homemade coupon binder.