- one sleeker binder with tons of great coupons
- a file cabinet of efficiently organized coupons
- a plastic pocket for gathering coupons for shopping trips
I now use a plastic pocket as my shopping companion. NO binder on grocery trips! You can use your binder if you prefer, but I have a baby now and I can’t lug around him and my binder, even the 1/2 inch one, around a store. I just keep this handy pocket in our stroller pocket or diaper bag. The size is great; it holds all printable coupons and the Target Cartwheel print-out. (See, I still don’t have a smartphone.) Still testing this out with Baby.
This pocket has only coupons I need plus a few random coupons that I know I want to use in the near future. The CVS ExtraBucks print out is usually in here as well as some “must use” coupons with approaching expiration dates for must-have items like diapers. As long as I go through it regularly, cleaning out what I don’t use, it’s a small mess that I can live with.
know the coupons and know what coupons your household WILL use and COULD use.
organize the coupons you don’t need to bring with you and don’t plan to use right away (trust me, FILE FOLDERS!)
organize your shopping trips with store rewards and a list of the deals into an envelope.