- The Couponizer – an 8″ x 5-1/4″ booklet with 18 grocery coupon pockets, 4 non-grocery coupon pockets, 3 gift card/shopper loyalty sleeves, and shopping pockets
- Shopping List – a 20 page tear off list pad with cardboard backing
- The CoupStacker – a pre-sorting mat which is color coded to match the pockets on the Couponizer
- The CoupTracker – a 15 page spiral bound list pad with cardboard backing
- “Your Guide to Smart Savings” – an instruction booklet with spending strategies and coupon tips
- Blunt tip scissors
- A clear vinyl zippered carrying bag
This system is very compact and an efficient way to not only organize your coupons, but clip and sort them as well. I have a link on the right side of the blog that goes directly to the Couponizer website if you’d like to check out this system.
Another method that tends to be successful entails utilizing either an index card box or a photo storage box. The basic concept is the same for both. Using dividers, coupons can be separated into various categories. The further subdivided these categories are, the more efficient this system will be. For example, if you divide personal care items into a few sections, such as toothpastes/toothbrushes, hair care, make-up, etc. it will be easier to locate the coupons you are looking for once you are in the middle of a grocery store.
The last method takes a bit more time and effort to compile, but it can be efficient, especially if you a very visual person (like me!). The basic premise entails using a binder – either a simple 3-ring binder or a zip-closure binder. Coupons are placed into baseball card sheets. Each baseball card sheet has nine separate pockets on each side, allowing eighteen coupons to fit into one sheet. The coupons can easily be divided by allotting a few sheets per category. In addition, the pockets of the binder can hold weekly ads, corporate coupon policies, scissors, and a calculator.
The advantage to this system is the accessibility of the coupons during a grocery run. If a sale item is found, it is easy to flip the pages of the binder, and find the coupon you are looking for. You are then able to view nine coupons at once, instead of flipping through each coupon one by one. The obvious disadvantage, however, is the size of the binder. While it does fit well into the front section of a shopping cart, it is not always a feasible solution if you have a baby or a toddler riding in that section.
Needless to say, the options for organizing coupons are limitless. There is no right or wrong solution. Whatever system best fits your lifestyle is the system that you are more likely to stick with in the long run. And, after all, that is the purpose of the whole couponing idea!
Do you have a unique couponing system? If so, be sure to share it with us! I’ll be adding more posts to this series in the next few days, discussing the CVS ECB system, Walgreens register rewards, and how to organize a weekly grocery run.