Making Coupons Work for You

coupon organizersCoupons come in many forms, including postcards you receive in the mail, part of a “packet” of coupons from local businesses, and grocery store coupons you cut out of the newspaper. I understand in this day and age you can print virtually any coupon you want off the internet. That is super helpful and very handy, but this blog is going to speak to traditional paper coupons.

For those of you that still use paper coupons, let’s discuss storing them and remembering to use them. That’s one of the biggest complaints I hear about coupons. Most of us forget to use them or don’t have them with us while shopping.

How to store and sort coupons: I suggest keeping it super simple and using just three categories: groceries, stores, and restaurants. I put toiletry coupons such as shampoo or hair gel in the grocery category because we are often at super stores like Target, Wal-Mart or Jewel Osco where we may shop for groceries and toiletries at one time. By stores, I mean any non-food store such as Jiffy Lube, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, etc. These often come in the form of a mailer or postcard. If you truly get your oil changed at Jiffy Lube then keep the coupon. If you always go to the same local oil change place then let it go. There are some stores I never visit so there’s obviously no point to keep those coupons. Same with groceries in the sense that there are some groceries we never eat and I would never buy, so I pick and choose which coupons make the most sense for our family. Keeping them all is just going to clog up the system we’re trying to make work and save you money.

How portable you need your coupons to be will determine how you store them. Files, envelopes, pocket accordion pouches, and formal coupon books are all great ideas depending on your needs. My grocery coupon holder comes with me to the store, but I just flip through the restaurant and store coupons at home before we go out to eat or make a trip to Macy’s for example. Think through how you shop and when you shop to determine what will be the best place to keep your coupons.

Just like anything else in our lives, cleaning out the pouches of coupons and checking for expired coupons will be essential. Letting it get too far gone will be frustrating, so clean out the system periodically.

If you have mastered online coupons and print just want you need, I applaud you. I’d love for you to share the website(s) you use with us in the Comment section below.

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7 Responses to Making Coupons Work for You

  1. Sarah Park says:

    I totally agree with your suggestions. We need to organize and sort them like you said so that at the time when we can use it, we won’t have a hard time looking and sorting them at that exact moment we are at the store.

  2. Amber says:

    Yes, that’s the key – quick retrieval . Thanks Sarah for your comment!

  3. Mimi says:

    My brother in law uses baseball card holders (these are 8/12 x 11 inch clear plastic sheets to hold baseball cards) to store his coupons and then puts them in a binder. He then brings the binder to the store with him. I use a small coupon accordian holder but find myself constantly flipping through the coupons to find the one I need. I might give his system a shot.

  4. Amber says:

    Your brother in law has an interesting idea. I’d like to actually see it. Sounds neat. Thanks for the comment!

  5. samir says:

    Thank you for this great couponing tips, I love coupon, despite that all this coupon thing are new for me, as foreign student who lives in USA, I found coupon is one great thing to take advantage of, back in my country coupons are not popular thing for our community. as we can still bargain while shopping. It is crazy how everyday I check the mail box and look for the coupon that I can use for my shopping. Cutting that coupon from the promotion paper is feel like I am cutting the money 😀

  6. Daniel Bryan says:

    Don’t allow couponing to cost you more than it saves.

  7. Grocery online

    Hi, I really enjoyed by reading you blog…Auality of content…

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