Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Organizing Your Coupons

This week I am in the process of organizing my coupons.  There were no weekly inserts in last weeks Sunday paper, so I'm thinking this might be the perfect time to do this.  I wanted to share with you how I go about doing this, and maybe learn from you, as well.  First things you're going to need:

A binder:  I bought a $6.00 photo album from Walmart that holds about 600 photos ( coupons).  Only problem is that the photo album pages are a bit flimsy, so as I am needing to add more, I try and add baseball card (plastic) sheets instead.

A way to seperate shopping catagories: I use file tab seperators.  Here is a handy download to print a table of contents and catagory sheets.

Printable table of contents and catagory sheets

After cutting and clipping all of my coupons for the week I start sorting and filing them into catagories.  Yep, it takes a bit of time, but makes my shopping trip so much easier!

I then get on the internet to a few of my favorite sites and start compiling a shopping list.  My store offers overages, so the main thing I'm looking for is what products and coupon matchups are going to give me the most overage for my shopping trip.  I add these items to my shopping list.  These "Overage" items are going to pay for my groceries!

I then go through my binder and pull out the coupons that match the items on my shopping list.  A recipe box is a good storage place for these and make them easy to get to.

I then put everything into my Droid shopping app.  I use "Mighty Grocery" and you can find this by doing an app search.  I use a shopping app for a few reasons, but mainly because I don't want any surprises at the checkout lane.  This app lets you enter the quanity of each item you're purchasing, each item price and any discounts or coupons you have.  It also, figures in tax and gives you a shopping total!

Once armed and organized with a loaded binder, little recipe box and my Droid, I head off to the store!

To keep things organized be sure to keep all of your expired coupons removed.  I usually do this once a week before adding new coupons to my binder.

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