Now that you have begun collecting all of these coupons what are you supposed to do with them? I think that organizing your coupons is key to getting the most use and the best deals out of them. You must have them filed by category to ensure that next time you are at the store and see something you need on sale or clearance you can grab your coupon and get the best deal. I can’t tell you how many times I have run to the store and not brought my coupons along thinking I will not need them because I only have to buy a certain product that I do not have a coupon for and then I find some great deal that I know I have a coupon at home for and miss out!
So the lesson is Always bring your coupons in the store! Like I said organization is key. Everyone thinks differently and different methods work best for different people; do what works for you.
I started out using a plastic shoe box size container and put envelopes with recipe card headers on them. I put my coupons in each envelope by category. As I have gotten into couponing more I outgrew this method.
What I am currently using is a bag with straps (which makes it easy to bring into the store) that has plastic file dividers in it. I put my major categories on the file tabs i.e; Store coupons, Grocery, Health, Beauty, Children, Other.
Inside each file section I have smaller envelopes that I made with construction paper for more specific categories. For example in my Grocery file section I have envelopes for Produce, Juice, Canned Goods, Quick Meals, Bakery, Frozen Foods etc… I try and file them in the order my grocery store is laid out to make it quick and easy.