Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to Organize your Coupons

There are several ways to organize coupons these days to help you take advantage of all the money saving sites online (like mine!). Here are some different ways to do this, find a way that works for you!

First, you can do it the old fashion way...clip the coupons and throw them all in a box. When you go shopping, dig through the box for what you want and off you go! While this may seem funny, this was how I used to do it! I don't have time for that anymore so I adopted other methods.

Like the accordian file shown above. This works in more ways than one. You can save all the inserts and file them by date, or clip the coupons and organize them by product or category. The insert method will save you the most time.

The above method utilizes a binder with photo sleeves used as holders for clipped coupons. This is great for those that want to bring your binder to the store with you in case you see a deal that wasn't advertised and know you have a coupon for it. Most people have this organized by product category, but you could clip the coupons and separate them by insert date so you can use match-ups but still have all your coupons at your fingertips.

Next is the method I prefer. This involves no time clipping when you get the coupons. You write the date on the front of the insert, then put the whole insert into a plastic sleeve (like for reports). They can then be separated by tabs with Proctor & Gamble, Red Plum and Smart Source. Then, you can do the same with your printables. I separate mine by store or category, depending on how many are on a page. For loose coupons you can add a section of the photo sleeve holders to organize those.

For those Uber Couponers, the above system is the great! If you get multiple copies of the newspaper (more than 2)..this is the way to organize them. Write the date on each insert, and then date each cubby hole. keep one or two of the cubbies for loose coupons.

There are other ways as well to organize your coupons, these just happen to be the most popular methods. How do you do it? Comment below!

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Did you know that Sunday, April 25th is National Plumber's Day and Duluth Trading Co. wants to thank all the Plumber's in our lives by giving them at free longtail t-shirt.

This offer is only good on Sunday, April 25th

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Carson Pirie Scott Coupon 4/24

Use this coupon to save an additional 10% to 20% off a single sale priced item through Saturday, April 24th. There is also a coupon for $10 off a single regular or sale price purchase of $25 or more through Saturday, April 24th. You can also take advantage of the savings online when you use the code SG2DYSLAP10.

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$1 Swedish Meatballs 4/24-4/25

Get a Swedish meatball plate for only $1 at participating IKEA stores on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th. The Swedish meatball plate includes 10 meatballs, mashed potatoes, and cream sauce. Offer not valid at IKEA Hicksville, IKEA Houston, and IKEA Direct. See IKEA store for details.

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Home Depot Kids' Workshops

Home Depot is having their free Kids' Workshop Saturday, May 1st from 9 AM to Noon. The project is a Picket Fence Planter.

Home Depot is also having their free Kids' Workshop Saturday, June 5th from 9 AM to Noon. The project is a Soccer Game.

There is no sign-up needed for these workshops. These hands-on workshops include the kits to complete the projects, Home Depot kids' apron, and achievement pin for each child that participates! What a fun way to spend time with the kids!

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Free Bumpits! Go to their Facebook page and "Like It" to receive a free Bumpit product. Fill out the form, choose your color, and expect 2-4 weeks for delivery.

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Where to find coupons

I've been giving lots of ideas of how to organize coupons (more to come!), so I thought now might be a good idea to answer another question that came up during the twitter party:

Where do you find all your coupons?

*I have included some sites and stores, they are not the only sites and stores for that particular category, just ones I use often or know they fill that particular category.

1. Newspaper- a little obvious, but with all the printables, it can be a little easy to overlook. If you don't subscribe to a newspaper, try these places to get one or two or three... Also, they might be willing to give you just the ads! The answers here have been tested by other couponers!
-library, nursing home, coffee place, any breakfast place that has newspapers out (some fast food places, etc.), doctor's offices, your next door neighbor (my husband's grandmother saves hers for me), some newspaper offices have places for leftover ads, post offices (same thing), recycle places

2. Printable Coupon Websites
Good- you get to print just coupons you want, good variety, changes a lot
What to watch for- may have a limit (you may only be able to print so many or you may miss out b/c others have printed them all...sometimes the coupon will reset), some stores may not accept (though most are accepting them now...check their policy before going), need to print in color
Red Plum

3. Store Website Printable Coupons - same as above, may only be for this particular store so pay attention to type of coupon, good to use for stacking with a manufacture coupon, sometimes you have to sign up for the store newsletter in order to get the coupons, some are really just red plum or
Food Lion
Whole Foods

4. Mobile Coupons - Give the store your cell number so they can send you coupons on your phone

5. Mobile/Card Coupons- text a code to the store and they will put the coupons on your loyalty card or use a site to do the same thing, for some stores you will probably have to sign up for their e-mails to get the code, Kroger will put your coupons on the card from their site
Food Lion

6. Manufacture Websites- Get it straight from the horse's mouth :) Sometimes you have to sign up for a newsletter, they change so print while you are there, can be a good value

7. Military Coupon Sites
Military Lifestyle Coupons
Maxi Saver Coupons
Smart Source Military Coupons

8. In stores
Look around! You can find lots of coupons on the items, next to the price, on the shelves, in the little coupon machines in front of the items....Keep your eyes open! Take a sales flyer when you come in the door! At CVS, use your card to check their coupon machine.

9. On/with your receipt
Check all that stuff that prints out with your receipt and check the back of your reciept. Lots of good coupons come with that because lots of times it's based on what you have bought and lots of times they are instore coupons so they are stackable!

10. Facebook- become a fan (or "like") your favorite brands. Check out their page or wait for them to tell you when a coupon is available!

11. Magazines - I haven't seen a magazine with more coupons than All You has great coupons and good value ones! Look through your favorite magazine, you'd be surprised to see coupons hiding among the ads!

You tell me...what did I miss? Where do you find your coupons?

*Check out the right side of this blog under "Coupons" for links*

Thank you to the My City Mommies, Reaping Your Harvest, twitter party people, and Brittany M. (a reader) for helping find all of the above sources!

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