How To Coupon Successfully: Organizing Your Coupons

To see the full series, check out How to Coupon Successfully: The Start of a SeriesHow to Coupon Successfully: Why Coupon, and How to Coupon Successfully: Where to Get Coupons. Planning your trip is the most important thing you can do, especially to save yourself A LOT of time!!!

Once you have all your coupons cut out, it is important to organize them in a useful way. This is one of the most important steps! If you have coupons, but no simple way to organize them, then you will not be successful.

• Recipe/Coupon Box – File coupons into similar categories within your box.
• Envelops – Label envelopes with different categories and separate your coupons into the appropriate envelope. Or some people just cut out the exact coupons you need and want to use then and keep them together in one envelope. The problem I have with doing it this way, is coupons last longer than one week and you may want something in the future, or it may go on sale and you can stock up.
• Expanding File or Wallet – Works a lot like the recipe/coupon box except in a file or wallet.
• 3-Ring Binder – Ok, those ideas are great, and you should use what works best for you, but personally, I LOVE this one!!! I will focus the rest of this post on how to get your binder ready.

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How to Coupon Successfully: Planning Your Trip

Did you see my guest post How to Coupon Successfully: Organizing Your Coupons?

Planning your trip is the most important thing you can do, especially to save yourself A LOT of time!!!

When I plan out a good couponing trip, it might take me a little bit of time, but it saves me a lot of stress at the grocery store. When I take shortcuts in this area, it never fails, I get frustrated and overwhelmed and miss out on some great deals. I also spend WAY more time than I anticipated, and leave feeling fully unsuccessful.

What I use to plan:

  • Store Ads from Newspaper, Mail, and/or online (sign up online with your stores and they email them out each week)
  • mydallasmommy.com (find your local mommy – she sends emails each day with local deals)
  • hiptosave.com (just be mindful sales vary from locations)
  • survivingthestores.com
  • couponmom.com (you can print coupons, find FREE and super cheap deals, compare store prices, etc)
  • *sistersofsavings.com (gives you a list of sale items isle by isle for stores)
  •  *thegrocerygame.com (compares deals from different stores)

*Must pay a fee for these sites

I like to make a shopping list from the emails those (free) sites send me. I look through the list and remove items we don’t use. Then I look to make sure I have the coupons needed for those deals.

Sometimes, on smaller trips, I will take the coupons out and put them together in an envelope so that I don’t have to carry my whole binder in. This is not always wise, because you never know when something new may be on clearance or sale and you might miss it if your binder is at home or in the car. Also, if they are out of the item, or they it is not the deal you were expecting, then you have to put all those coupons back.

Stacking coupons is a must for great deals! Find manufacture coupons (in the newspaper) and match them with store coupons (typically found in sales ads). Most stores will allow you to use one of each. You should also be able to use Catalina, and previously earned Register Rewards and ECBs.

Just be careful because sometimes you must have as many items as coupons. For instance, if you have one item and you are going to use a manufacture coupon, store coupon, and a Register Reward, they may expect you to have three items since you are using three coupons. They will allow you to use all three, but you will need two other items. I always look for super clearance items, or things on sale for like 25 cents. These things are great for filler items. You don’t want to spend a lot on a filler item  (unless you were getting it already or absolutely need it), otherwise the coupons were pointless.

Always look for items at Walgreens and CVS that earn RR/ECB, especially if you have a coupon! This will give you “money” back to spend next time you shop there!! Make sure to pay attention to when the RR/ECB expire, because you do not want to lose them.

Before you go, make sure you know your stores coupon policies. Here I have listed a few in my area (DFW), but you will want to verify the policy for your local store.

Coupon Policies:

Also, ask around at your stores and find out who will give you money off for using your own bags!

Does this help? Do you have any questions?

How to Coupon Successfully: The Start of a Series

Couponing has been one of my favorite topics for a couple of years now! The thrill of the sales, finding good deals, walking away with bargains and freebies, and saving my family A LOT of money just gets me all excited.

Unfortunately, it is one of those things that does take time and effort. I have backed off quite a bit over the last few months for various reasons, including health and change of my financial situation, but I am ready to get motivated to get moving again.

I used to offer a class teaching many of these concepts. In the class, I gave all my best tips, answered questions, and provided all the tools needed to successfully start a coupon notebook. I strongly believe and pray that all those that attended the class did find it beneficial and worth the cost.

In hopes to reach more, and encourage myself and others, I am now writing a blog about “How to Coupon Successfully.”

During this series, I will discuss several topics:

So, join in with me as we take a journey together and save money for our families! Along the way, please ask questions or add suggestions you have learned!