I’ve had many readers lately who have written me about it taking too much time and money to coupon. Many are simply giving up on the coupons alltogether and are just taking advantage of the sales and RR/ECB deals that are available. If that’s the case, you’ll still see a good amount of savings if you stockpile those items when they’re on sale. However, I’d like to remind you of how I organize my coupons because I think it may be just the thing to help some of you beat the couponing blues
I don’t use a binder system. Yes, you read that right, I DO NOT use a binder system. It’s simply too much of a time investment for me. Instead I keep my coupons whole in their inserts with the date written on the front. I store them in chronological order with the earlier inserts in the bottom tub and the more recent ones on top.
Here’s a short video to show you my clutch with the pouches and what all I keep in them.
If you’ve been using the binder system and finding it takes a lot of time each week, you might give this a try. You’ll still have all your coupons if you decide that you want to switch back. When I started this system I just used a cardboard box to keep my inserts in and I used envelopes in my purse for the stores. Now is the best time of year to buy pencil pouches too. I know a few people that do a combination of the binder system and tub/clutch/pouch system. The keep everything pertaining to each store they shop in a separate pencil pouch, so that might be another good option to help streamline your shopping.
I’d love to hear everyone’s input on which system works best for you!