I have always been a saver and a couponer. My problem was forgetting what coupons I had clipped or having them expire before I could use them. I started carrying around one of these...
So, here's what you need:
A 3-ring binder, some dividers, and baseball card collecting pages (they have 9 pockets on each page).
I had a one inch binder but I may suggest using one that's a little bigger, because mine filled up pretty quickly.
|Don't mind the dirty table, I took my binder outside for better lighting :)|
|You can see the main section is "Baking" and the sub-section is "Mixes."|
- Ice Cream/Desserts
- Meal Kits
- Other Dairy
- Other Cleaners
- Drug & Bath
- Baby Misc.
- Paper Products
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Store Coupons (where I keep ExtraBucks, catalina coupons, etc)
A few more helpful hints:
- "Like" coupons can share the same pocket. Just keep the stack in order of the expiration date.
- Make sure to keep the expiration dates easily visible. This way you can take the coupons out as soon as they expire.
- I keep all my "free product" coupons in a separate envelope in the front pocket of my binder so I'm less likely to forget about them.
- When I go grocery shopping, as soon as I have an item with a coupon, I put that coupon in an envelope. That way when I'm standing at check-out, my coupons are all ready and I am not holding up the line.
- Know your grocery store's coupon policy. Many double coupons, but keep in mind it is often only the first "like" coupon. (example: If I buy two boxes of mac & cheese and have a 50 cent coupon for each of them, the first coupon will double to $1, but the second coupon will not).
- Take advantage of stacking coupons - most grocery stores will stack the manufacturer's coupon (the kind you get in the Sunday paper) with a catalina coupon (the kind that prints out at the register).
- When I only need a few things, my kids come with me. When I need a lot, no thank you. It's nearly impossible, even with typically well-behaved children.
- Be nice to the cashiers. If you have a coupon for a free item, be sure to let them know or put it on the top of your stack so they don't have to search through your receipt at the end. They will appreciate it.
Linking up to the Penny Pinching Party here! and the homemaking linky here!