You know that girl gleefully skipping out of the store, proudly raising her receipt to the sky, brimming over with the news of the massive amounts of money she saved?
Yeah, that's me.
I love to save money about as much as I spend it. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? As I've explained before, I'm an avid shoe collector. And an avid clothes collector. But I also like to feel like I'm getting a deal. Thus began my love affair with coupons!
This is just a little look into how I organize my coupons. It is in no way the RIGHT way...just the way that works best for me. I have a little "in-tray" where I collect my coupons throughout the week. On Fridays, I sit down and go through the coupons, clip and place them in their designated tabs in my coupon binder. I also use this time to check for expired or about to be expired coupons. Why Fridays? Because I shop on the weekends and I want to be prepared to go.
In regards to labeling the tabs in the binder, think about what works best for you. I have 5 different categories for the grocery store: carbs, freezer, dairy, canned and misc. Then I have a section for shopping which encompasses Macys, Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW, etc. The last sections are for eating out, Costco, the car wash and Petsmart. A simple exercise to do when you are trying to designate binder labels is to sort your coupons into natural categories. Use that as a guide. Keep it simple, it doesn't have to be complicated.
As I mentioned in today's Tip Of The Day, I menu plan and coupon plan at the same time. I designate an item I have a coupon for with a small star and quickly jot down the details of the coupon, specifically amount saved and brand. Once I have designated a coupon item on my list, I put that coupon up in the front slot of my binder for easy access should I need to reference it. Which I always do. And that's it, really!
I know it can be tempting to buy, buy, buy when you have a coupons, especially when it is a good one. If you have the room and will actually USE the item, then go for it. But if you are just buying it to save the money, then it might not be the best idea. If its a large item that can be broken down into individual sizes (think toilet paper, granola bars, etc.) consider sharing it with a friend or family member.
Remember, life is easier when it's organized!