5 Ways To Make Coupon Organizing Easier

Organizing Your Coupons!

Easy Coupon Organizing

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Organizing your coupons is one of the biggest challenges for coupon users (especially extreme couponers with large coupon collections), making sure that your coupons are always organized is an important task.

If your coupons aren’t organized, you won’t be able to find certain coupons when you need them, which can result in lost savings.

Unfortunately, unless you have a good system, coupon organizing can be a challenge.

Following are 5 ways to make coupon organizing easier.

1. Clip & file your coupons right away

When you get new coupons (mail-out coupons, magazine coupons, printable coupons, tear pad coupons), make sure that you clip (if necessary) and file them right away.

If you can’t clip and file your coupons immediately, for whatever reason, put them aside in a small basket. File them the next time you have a few minutes to spare.

Whatever you do, don’t let your coupon pile grow longer than one week. If you wait longer than that to organize your coupons, the process will likely seem daunting.

2. Don’t clip every single coupon

If you’re positive that you won’t use a particular coupon, there’s no sense in wasting your time by clipping it.

I do suggest keeping all coupons (so you can still use them if a great sale comes along, or you can trade those coupons with others), but you don’t have to actually clip them and you don’t have to keep them with your “regular” coupons (the ones you do plan to use).

3. Use a coupon binder

Although it may seem kind of crazy at first (it’s not often you see someone shopping with a gigantic binder!), but organizing your coupons in a coupon binder is a fantastic way to keep them organized.

It does take a bit of time to set up, but coming from someone who’s been using a coupon binder for years now, I promise you that it is time very well spent.

4. Use a file box for coupon inserts

Clipping coupons from coupon inserts is one of my least favourite things to do. You usually have to rip out all of the pages to get to the coupons, and the coupons are never all the same size.

An easy way to organize coupon inserts is to use a file box. Organize this box with by insert name and date, with divider tabs.

For example:

  • Redplum: October 3, 2012
  • Redplum: November 5, 2012
  • SmartSource: October 15, 2012
  • SmartSource: October 29, 2012

When we do our weekly coupon match-ups, if you’re matching a sale item to a coupon from a coupon insert, we will tell you which insert had that coupon. Then, you can simply go to your file box and search for the name and date of that insert to get the coupon(s) that you need.

This is so much easier then clipping all of the coupons in the insert, but not actually using them all.

5. Remove expired coupons regularly

To keep your coupons organized all the time, make sure you are always removing expired coupons from your stash. I recommend going through your coupons at least once per month and discarding all coupons that are no longer valid.

Save yourself the embarrassment of trying to use an expired coupon at the store by always checking for, and getting rid of, expired coupons.

Once you find a coupon organization system that works for you, stay on top if it. The longer you wait to organize your coupons, the more challenging it will be to find what you want, when you need it.

To avoid frustration, missing out on great deals and the time consuming task of organizing hundreds of coupons at one time, make sure your system is easy. The more challenging it is for you to organize your coupons, the more likely you are to put off doing it.

How do you organize your coupons?

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  1. Julie says:

    I use a small 6″ x 4″ photo album, it started purely because that’s what I had in the house when I needed to organise my coupons, but it works really well. I keep a handwritten list at the front of each plastic wallet which shows the category and a list of the coupons I have, along with value and expiry dates

  2. Tara says:

    I spent a couple of hours and created an excel spreadsheet. Worth the work. When the flyers (and coupon match ups!) come out, I can easily and quickly see what I have. My column headings are product, amount (of coupon), expiry date, amount, coupon code and “sp” for “strictly prohibited”. I print it out once a week both by “product” which gives me everything alphabetically, and once by “expiry” so I know what’s coming up. I am surprised I haven’t read about anyone else doing this as it is so time efficient once the list is up and running. Entering new coupons literally takes seconds. It’s the filing them in my binders that takes the time! lol.. Anyhoo, that’s my system.

    • judy says:

      would you be interested in sharing your excel sheet – not sure how to set one up

    • Cassie Howard says:

      Sounds quick and painless!

      • Tara says:

        WOW that’s means alot coming from you! It is quick and painless. I look forward to handing the kids off to hubby on Wed and Friday nights (that’s when our papers come) and going thru all. It makes it so easy. Thanks again for everything! BTW – I scored 2 zippered binders from Value Village last week for $3 a piece!! I went back again for a piece of a Halloween costume and there were more!

  3. Veronica Newman says:

    Hi Cassie,
    Thanks for the helpful information. Went from being a big time couponer, to a moderate couponer. I must say it was hard not to clip every coupon I came across, but you waste time clipping those you will not use. I now use a standard coupon file with about 12 slots. Works for me because I sort by expiration date. Every month I just toss the whole month. No worries about ever using an expired coupon.

    • Cassie Howard says:

      I have also scaled back a bit with my couponing, so I completely understand. With 2 young kids, I barely have time to sleep, let alone clip coupons for hours like I used to!

  4. Mandy says:

    I keep my coupons in a coupon holder organizer. It’s a fabric “bag” with separators for each type of coupon. I find it much easier to carry around than a binder. I also keep a section in it for gift cards, receipts and reward cards. It really helps to have all my shopping items in the same easy to carry bag.

  5. Linda says:

    I am having issues trying to download online coupons to print. I have windows 8.1 and it keeps saying I need to download Java, which I have done about 30 times now and still won’t work. I download from desktop like one website instructed me to do and still can’t download, any one else having problems with this?

  6. Laney4 says:

    I use a zippered pencil case with recipe index cards as alphabetical dividers by item (i.e., desserts, dairy, frozen, snacks). It stays in my purse at all times and, yes, I go through it monthly to weed out expired coupons (and to remind myself of what’s in there).
    I DO cut out the coupons of no interest to me, as I share them with friends (and they share theirs with me). Leftover coupons go to my friend’s church, where they are all scooped up.

  7. Josie says:

    I was wondering if someone could send me a copies of there excel sheet so I can have one to look at when I try to make my own 🙂 my email is [email protected] thanks

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