It is a must that I start this post out by saying that I am NOT an expert at coupons or organization! I saw this idea a few years ago on a few different blogs and I think it is a great idea! Since I am now staying home we are having to budget a little better and be more resourceful with things.
So I started cutting coupons like crazy and really I was not sure what to do with them. Throwing them in a baggie or kitchen drawer is clearly not an option for me due to space and more than likely I would loose the bag.
When I remembered this great organizer I went to Dollar General and purchased, business card holders and dividers. I have recycled an old binder that I used in college, for wedding organizing and again for Bryar's nursery ideas! This binder has really had it's money's worth used out of it!
On each divider I wrote the following labels:
Not all coupons will fit perfectly in the card holders (maybe baseball card holders work better?!) So I fold mine in half, but it is a must that you can see the expiration date and obviously the item. As I make my grocery list, it is now so easy to find the coupon. When heading to the grocery I do place them in a small bag. Then before checking out I go to a corner and make sure I have each item listed; if I do not use a coupon I brought I stick it in my diaper bag to place back into the binder. So simple!
I do not have my process completely perfect yet but hope to in the near future. Do you have any suggestions for me on using coupons? Or do you use another technique that works great?
I would love to hear from all of you that are budgeting queens!!