Sunday, September 11, 2011

Couponing 101 - organizing your coupons

There was a time when a couple of coupons were just the perfect extra cushion my purse needed.
Fortunately, sooner than later they took over my wallet - that's when I knew I needed to organize my coupons.

C-Line Biodegradable 13-Pocket Expanding File, Coupon Size, 1 File Folder, Color May Vary 48410
In a blink of an eye, I went from a regular white envelope to a sturdy plastic divider... so, my suggestion is to skip all of the above and start with the organizer of all organizers: The binder!

Case-it Grey Zipper Binder (D-250)
Efficiently designed 3-ring binder with 2-inch O-rings, rigid body construction and a handle and shoulder strap. This convenient binder also features a full mesh pocket on the outside and two inner pockets for easy organization. What I like about this one is that you can carry it on your shoulder.

25 Ultra Pro 9 Pocket Page Protectors Fits 3-Ring Binder for Baseball and Other Sports Cards!
The 25 (Twenty Five) count pack 9-pocket pages is just the right size to start your coupons' binder. Love the quality of these pages... I know they will last for ever!

What's the order of my coupons?
Drinking products (sodas, juices, milk, shakes, etc.)
Cereal (dry, bars, etc.)
Dressings (oil, seasoning, sugar, etc.)
Dairy products (cheese, yogurt, butter, etc.)
Meats (fresh cuts, cold cuts, etc.) and Salads
Cookies and Crackers (including candies)
Ice cream and Desserts
Bread and Frozen (pizza, vegetables, etc.)
Shower Time (body wash, soap, hand soap, etc.) 2 pages
Hair care and Shampoos
Lotions (including colognes, body mist, makeup remover, etc.)
Makeup and Deodorant
Dental care (toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash, floss, etc.) 2 pages
Vitamins (adults, kids, fiber, probiotic, etc.)
Remedies (adults and kids)
Pet food
Paper goods (toilet paper, kitchen towel, tissue, diapers, etc.)
Cleaning products (detergent, softener, dishwasher detergent, multi-surface cleaner, etc.)

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