Time2Save: Organize coupons to get money savings in order
You don't want to get overrun by coupons. Instead, experiment with a few options for getting organized and decide which one is best for you. (SHNS courtesy Kasey Trenum)
Q: What is the best way to organize my coupons?
First, you have to find a system that is efficient for you. It may look different from someone else's, but it should suit your needs. You don't want to get overrun by coupons because that's an easy way to get discouraged from saving money. Instead, experiment with a few options for getting organized and decide which one is best for you.
• The binder method: You will need a 2-inch binder, plastic sheet protectors and labels. When you clip coupons, place them in the plastic inserts by categories and label them. Use categories such as "breakfast," "frozen foods," "canned and boxed items," "refrigerated foods" and "personal items."
• The file-box method: Using a small box such as a recipe box, keep coupons organized by category.
• The whole-insert method: All you need is a box, such as a file box, and folders.
Give these systems a try and find one that works for you. Then, start saving money!
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