step one: know the coupons and know what coupons your household WILL use and COULD use.
after a few months you will know what coupons are high value and which are blah-coupons. you will want to hold onto every coupon that your household uses, paying particular attention to high value coupons. then there are those “maybe-coupons,” things you would buy if the price were right. i could use a different brand of shampoo if it were bought at a good deal. SG could use a different brand of body wash especially if it were free.
with this mindset, you will then know which coupons to definitely clip/print and yes, stick them into that binder!
so i took the old-method bulky binder and took it apart completely. it pained me to do so. then i went through my pages (that are currently in categories) and looked at all the stuff i really want to have on my shopping trips. this includes:
- must-have coupons: coupons that i definitely want to use. for me, they are fresh fruits, meat, juice – rare coupons, as well as household basics, like hand soap, body wash, laundry detergent. i feel like i can never have too much of these items
- “maybe-coupons” in high value: like, what if brand B lotion was on clearance for $1 and i just so happened to have a $1 off coupon for it? i’ve learned to ignore less-important coupons (which are many)
- store coupons to pair with manufacturer’s coupons: those fabulous store coupons that can be paired with manufacturer’s coupons; they are just waiting for a sale so hold on to them
before this method, i thought that i had to have every single coupon with me at all times. this is simply not true! not all coupons are created equal. some are for products you will never use; others are too low in value to carry around.
if you monitor couponing sites well, they will tell you the deal on the product and the exact insert of the coupon you need. don’t clip more than you need to!