I really wanted to get into “couponing” when I got married. I know that this is a process – you don’t become a coupon expert overnight!
I, personally, always thought the couponers I saw looked dorky – no way was I going to haul a 3-ring-binder the size of a small child around in my cart at Walmart!
So, I opted for what seemed like the easy way out. When I saw coupons, I’d pick them up (or print them) and try to pair them with sales and get good deals. Unfortunately, I looked much dorkier than the 3-ring-binder folks, because I was sorting through a pile of crumpled coupons from my purse on my way through the store, dropping some on the floor in the process, I’m sure.
I didn’t like most of the ways I’d seen people organize coupons. Not only did I not want the 3-ring-binder, but a big box with dividers didn’t seem any more appealing to me.
Today I finally decided I’d had enough of my pseudo couponing, and decided to go at it full-force. (We’ll see how this works!) I was inspired by this coupon, which if used at Rite Aid this week, gets you two milky way candy bars for free! (I have a chocolate-addict husband.)
Since coupons are usually for brand-name items, I usually need to wait for a sale to make them worth using, rather than just buying the generic at regular price. Coupons usually have about a month’s date, or maybe up to a year. If you have your coupons organized, you can use them when there’s a sale.
So I did it.
I made a coupon organizer. And I have no shame about how it looks.
See? Totally not shameful!
I already had this notebook leftover from some school supply sale a couple years ago. It’s a nice one with a pock in the first page, but you could definitely just use a regular notebook (which they have for $0.17 at Walmart right now).
I had also gotten the post-it tabs as a school supply sale before, but this is definitely the time of year to buy things like that! I estimate the cost of this coupon organizer at less than $2 total, even if you go out and buy everything you need. (I had everything already.)
On my post-it tabs, I have fairly wide categories, with space to add more categories if necessary. Inside, I taped small (cheap!) white envelopes on the pages.
On the first page, where I have a pocket, I wrote “Use Today,” so as I shop I can pull the coupons I’m going to use from their categories and place them all in one place. No more sorting ten times; no more dropping. 🙂
Some Dannon Activia coupons I picked up at the pharmacy several weeks ago. They are good for a year, but I’m almost out. This week, this yogurt is on sale at Kroger for $1.76/4-pack, so it’s only $0.76 after my coupon!
We’ll pick those up soon. 🙂 Rite Aid is very nearby, but I could also price-match their sale at Walmart, and get the same deal.