Now that you’ve started collecting coupons you will quickly realize that organization is necessary to make sure you have all the coupons you need organized in a fashion that allows you to easily match your coupons to sale items and make shopping lists.
There are many different ways to do this but the most effective way is to use a binder with baseball card inserts to separate your coupons. This will allow for easy visibility and keep them from falling out. Many a couponer has used envelopes to do this only to accidentally dump them and have to sort all their coupons all over again.
You can buy these items online or many local places. These items don’t cost much but they will save you a lot of time and effort down the road.
The next step is to divide your coupons into different categories. You’ll want to separate them into major categories like Food coupons, Cleaning coupons, Health Care coupons etc. That way all of your coupons will be easy to find when you need them. It’s likely as you progress in your coupon collecting that you will further break these down into other categories.
For instant food coupons might be broken down to Meat Coupons, Produce Coupons, Canned Food Coupons, Dairy Coupons etc. Don’t make so many categories that it becomes cumbersome to organize your coupons but do break it down into common categories that you will use on a regular basis.
By doing this you will increase your ability to remember what coupons you have so when you see local sales flyers you will know where to quickly go to find the coupon that you are looking for.
If you do this regularly the other thing you will need to do is periodically remove expired coupons. Nothing will ruin your extreme couponing trip quite like having a whole pile of expired coupons.
Couponing is about organization and learning good and bad prices. If you master this you will be well on your way to becoming an extreme couponer.
We would love to hear feedback on how you store you coupons. I’ve seen people pit them in accordion folders, envelopes, shoe boxes and many other ways, but in my opinion nothing beats having a good binder to collect and organize your coupons.
If you can’t find a coupon organizer for you, I’d recommend you look online at Amazon or some such place. Ebay is also a great place to find coupon organizers. Often times you’ll even find them setup with categories and everything saving you time and effort.
If you’ve read our tips section I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to put your name and phone number on your coupon book. It’s hard to say whether the person finding it would give it back or not, but if you’ve left it, consider it gone, if it comes back consider it a blessing.