Goodbye Coupon Chaos…

I have another surprise in store for you today…dont you just love Monday surprises! ¬†Another guest blogger! ūüôā ¬†I asked my very dear friend, Lauren Nix, if she would guest blog for me today…the topic is coupons. ¬†Lauren is a whiz at couponing and finding deals. ¬†Im not too bad myself, but she is much better than I! Since our economy decided to take a dip in the cool money pool a few years back, coupons have become hot and popular again. ¬†They take time and effort to keep track of sales and deals, but can save you money in the long run. ¬†Therefore, I dont mind spending some quality time with my paper and coupon organizer to save hard earned dollars in the end!

Thank you Lauren! ¬†Be sure to check out her blog too! ūüôā

GOODBYE COUPON CHAOS

I absolutely LOOOOOOVE couponing. ¬†I’ve been an avid couponer for almost 4 years and can’t imagine a “full price” kinda life. ¬†I often sit back and try to imagine what my life, and bank account, would be like without coupons.
I’ve been asked by many of my friends & family, “How do you keep up with ALL of your coupons?” ¬†Honestly, after almost 4 years, it’s like second nature. ¬†Once you get a good niche for how you want your coupons organized, it just flows. ¬†There are several great methods of keeping your coupons organized and contained. Here are a few of those examples…
–¬†The binder system. ¬†Starting with a large three ring binder insert plastic baseball card display sheets (found at your local Walmart). ¬†Insert your coupons into the display sheets, facing outward so you can see your coupon. ¬†It is completely up to you how your coupons are filed; alphabetical order in each pocket, or create sections by area of the market, i.e., Health & Beauty, Frozen, Baby, Paper goods, etc. ¬†You may want to insert some dividers in front of each section…a little extra organization.¬† Your binder will grow quickly, so be prepared. ¬†I’ve actually witnessed ladies in my local grocery store with 2 binders. ¬†One specifically for food and the other for non-food. ¬†This normally depends on the size of your family and how long you have been couponing.
–¬†The coupon box. ¬†You will need a¬†toteable box with lid. ¬†Cut small cardboard dividers and insert your coupons behind each category. ¬†Or use labeled envelopes to house your coupons and file in the same manner inside of the tote. ¬†You may want to break your categories down into subcategories. ¬†For example: Baby (being the main category) with subcategories of diapers, wipes, food, other products. ¬†Again, this will completely depend on the size of your family, your length of couponing, and your organization comfort level
–¬†Whole insert method. ¬†This is my personal fav. ¬†I have an¬†accordion¬†file folder with 12 sections, one for each month. ¬†Every Sunday, I sit down and write the date on the front of each insert and place in the correct month’s slot, newest first. ¬†This works for me because I do not have a significant amount of time to sit down each Sunday and cut EVERY coupon out of the paper. ¬†Also, most of your couponing blogs post from which insert (whether it is SmartSource, Red Plum, or P&G) and what date they pulled the coupon. ¬†Thus, making it super easy for me to pull the insert from that month’s tab and match my deal. ¬†I just LOVE those fantastic ladies who do all of the leg work in finding these¬†phenomenal¬†deals
For example:
All Almay Eye Cosmetics $5.99
-$2 off Almay cosmetic product, SS 1/01
You will come to find your own fabulous way to organize your coupons, but hopefully these ideas have possibly sparked an interest in getting your’s together or given you an idea on how to tweak your own method.
How do you organize your coupons? ¬†Are you happy with your method? ¬†I’m always open to suggestions on how to be a better couponer ūüôā