Is your coupon collection a disaster? This article is designed to provide you with some useful information that will help you store, manage and reference the coupons you clip. Specifics may vary from person to person; however, the following information includes helpful and important guidelines from which everyone can benefit.
Many of us may not even realize it, but there are people who save thousands of dollars each year by clipping and using coupons that offer savings on virtually anything you can think of: food, clothing, entertainment, tires, cosmetics, travel, electronics, cleaning supplies – the list goes on and on.
You can find coupons in newspapers, magazines, mailers – you name it. Some people even consider it a challenge to find certain types of coupons that can literally save them hundreds of dollars each time they go shopping. The real test, however, is organizing your coupons so that you can actually utilize them in a timely fashion and take advantage of the savings that are offered.
Here are just a few coupon organization ideas to help you store, manage and be able to reference the coupons you clip:
Coupon Organization Idea #1: Use an actual filing system. Many people just throw their coupons into a drawer haphazardly, where they can easily become buried, never to be seen again. A great coupon organization idea is to use a ring binder with top-loading sheet protectors. The sheet protectors are closed on three sides so your coupons remain safely inside, and because they’re clear, the sheet protectors provide a quick view of coupons. Then, you can just carry your small binder with you when you shop for easy access to the coupons you want to use.
Coupon Organization Idea #2: Arrange by date.
Almost every coupon has an expiration date, and of course, if the coupon is not used before it expires, it becomes worthless. Arrange your coupons so that the dates that are coming close to expiration are in the front of your coupon filing system. You may also want to arrange your coupons by category and put the date closest to expiration to the front. If you really want to get organized, organize your coupons by aisle so that your trips to grocery or department stores are much quicker!
Coupon Organization Idea #3: Remove outdated coupons regularly. On a periodic basis, check through your coupons to find and take out the ones that have expired… these coupons are just taking up space and will also make your “live” coupons more difficult to find. You’re never going to use them anyway, so why let them take up space? Plus, it will create more room for new coupons that you can actually use!
Coupon Organization Idea #4: Show restraint.
Many times, the urge is to clip every possible coupon you might remotely be interested in. Try to avoid doing this. Instead, clip and save only the coupons you think you’ll actually use. Look for buy-one-get-one-free coupons or double coupons that will save you more money.
Sharon Mann is President of the I Hate Filing Club, a group of nearly 100,000 office professionals who hate filing but love finding new ways to become more organized. For information about how you can get new ideas, sample new products and connect with your peers, visit www.Pendaflex.com.