I often sort through piles of paper clutter gathering on kitchen counters and other areas of the home. Frequently, some of these papers are coupons. Unfortunately, by the time I find them, they have usually expired. If you use coupons, it is very important to keep them organized and easily accessible so that you can take advantage of the savings. Here are some of my tips on ways to organize coupons.
Schedule a time to clip, print out, collect and organize coupons
If you use coupons regularly, schedule a time once per week to gather, clip or print out coupons. I suggest doing this before you make your grocery list or go shopping.
Use apps to help manage store loyalty cards, digital coupons and gift cards
Apps such as Honey help you to find online coupons.
Key Ring helps you keep store loyalty cards digitally.
Gyft is helpful for gift card organization.
Sort coupons by type and expiration date
Sort coupons by type first. Keep grocery coupons separate from restaurant and retail store coupons. Perhaps use a separate storage product for each type.
Next, sort coupons by expiration date or month of expiration.
Determine a way to contain coupons
Here are some options for storage products to better organize coupons:
A 3 ring binder with page inserts for coupons
A file folder and a hanging file for errands and coupons (only if you use a file cabinet or desktop file box regularly).
Decide where to keep coupons
If you don’t have the coupons with you, you will not use them. Once they’ve been clipped, sorted and organized, store your container of coupons in your car, your purse or near your door (so you’ll remember to grab them as you’re heading to the store).
Keep coupons that you’d use for online purchases near where you use your tablet, laptop or computer.
Schedule a time to sort and discard expired coupons
Schedule a few minutes at the end of each month toss the expired coupons.
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