Get Organized!

Once you start to collect coupons you will notice that they add up rather quickly and you may soon feel a bit overwhelmed.  I have tried most methods in an effort to remain organized and to avoid the panic attack when I am searching for a coupon that I know that I clipped and filed - envelopes and coupon organizers worked well in the beginning.  So try these cost effective methods first.

However, as your coupon collection grows you may want to graduate to a coupon binder which zips up.   I use the Case-It binder found at your local Staples Store about $25.   I fill it with baseball card clear plastic sleeves and separate them by food and non-food items and then by aisle in my favorite grocery store.   Here is what it has grown too!

Yup it's massive and weighs in at over 3+ lbs.  Remember this is your friend and your savings.  I bring this EVERYWHERE because I know that I will eventually find an unadvertised deal or clearance item that I can not pass up.

Here are the sections that I use which you may find helpful.  I prefer to organize my binder by the grocery isles in my favorite grocery store.  This way as I shop I can flip through it like a book.

Section 1

  1. Produce - produce, fresh fruit, vegetables, Buttoni Fresh Pasta, Bakery
  2. Medicine - cold, band aids, etc
  3. Maxi Pads/Tampons 
  4. Oral Care - Toothpaste, tooth brushes, floss
  5. Hair Care/Make-Up - Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, styling products, 
  6. Lotions
  7. Shaving/Deodorant - razors, shaving cream, deodorants
  8. Candy/Nuts 
  9. Baby items
  10. Condiments - ketchup, mustard, mayo, tuna fish, pickles
  11. Rice/Pasta - tomato sauce, gravies, rice, pasta, canned veggies, beans
  12. Meat/Deli- meat, cold cuts, cheeses, spreads, hummus
  13. Snacks - Cookies, crackers, popcorn, chips
  14. Laundry - detergent, bleach, stain removers, fabric softener
  15. Cleaning - sponges, all purpose, toilet cleaners, cooktop cleaners, dish soap, aire freshners, etc
Section 2
Section 2
  1. Pet - cat, dog, bird, etc
  2. Baking
  3. Foil/TP - tin foil, zip lock bags, paper plates, tissues, paper towels, cups
  4. Cereal -  cereal, oatmeal, granola, organic, bars, gummy snacks, canned fruit
  5. Juice
  6. Coffee/Tea 
  7. Soup/Bread - canned soup, chicken stock, PB & J, rolls, breadcrumbs, dips
  8. Dairy/Eggs 
  9. Milk/OJ - half & half, heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream
  10. Yogurt
  11. Frozen Foods
  12. Frozen Veggies
  13. Everything Else - Batteries, post-it, everything that doesn't fit elsewhere 
These are just suggestions.  Feel free to organize in a manner that works for you and your family.

In my binder I always have:

  • calculator
  • pen
  • small notepad
  • paper clips
  • scissors
You never know what will pop up during a shop and I always want to be prepared.  It makes my shopping experience so much easier.