One of my goals for this year is to find a coupon organization method that works for me. As I transition into life as a stay at home mom, I am looking for ways to simplify and increase productivity. I love using coupons, but my organization method has been lacking.
Binder Method- Not for Me
Last year I bought a binder to use the binder method. I like the binder method for a few reasons. First, everything is in one place. You can organize your coupons, file uncut coupon inserts, store rebate forms, keep store coupon policies, and keep a pair of scissors and a calculator. Natasha at Saving a Bundle uses this method and loves it. You can read here how she set up her binder.
I ended up keeping everything in the accordion part of my binder. I sorted my coupons in envelopes based on the product. It worked, but I decided that there was definitely a better way.
This year I decided to try the coupon box organization method. I started with base categories then added more subcategories for items I have a lot of coupons for. I followed Money Saving Mom's post on how her coupon box is organize to get started, then changed and added categories to fit my needs. Having detailed categories has made finding the coupons I want much easier.
(the subcategories are in parenthesis)Baby (Diapers, Formula, Wipes)
Hygiene (Cosmetics, Dental, Face, Femanine, Hair, Lotion)
This Week- This is for coupons that I am planning to use this week. As I clip and file, I stick them in this folder to be added to my purse envelopes
Once a week I spend around 30 minutes cutting and organizing coupons. I add the new coupons from the inserts to my box and remove expired coupons. This keeps my box up to date and reminds of the coupons I have.
When I go to the store, I typically only take two envelopes. One with the coupons I plan on using on the trip, and one with high value coupons for items we use frequently just in case there is a deal on those items. I may miss a deal here or there because I don't have all of my coupons, but this system works best for me right now.
What coupon organization method works for you?