Most coupon organizers are too small and wear
out quickly. Putting coupons in my purse makes a mess and I end up with a bottomless pit of crumbled coupons I cannot find when needed. The manila file folder I once used to keep coupons in was big, bulky, and ugly. What’s a mom to do?
Using a plastic accordion style file folder with velcro I already had on hand gave my coupons a home of their own.
The tab dividers have been labeled for each of the coupon circulars found in the weekly newspaper.
Smart Source, Red Plum, a tab for loose coupons, and the last tab is blank for current weekly sale fliers, scissors to cut out coupons, and weekly grocery list.
This is an old file older bought at Wal-Mart about five years back for around $4.88. Now these types of folders can be found in decorative colors. I especially like the way it closes nothing falls out.
To keep my coupons up to date I spend about 10 minutes weekly doing coupon housekeeping.
* I clip all the restaurant coupons from new circulars and put them in a business card holder in my purse.
* Write the date on the front of the circular (found on its spine) and file. I put the current week circular at the front.
* Throw out all the junk pages in the new circular as you look through it. You know the pages–labels, dolls, support shoes.
* Throw out last week’s grocery sale ads and put in new ones.
Keeping my coupons organized has been a source of frustration over the years as system after system failed. It seems I have finally hit on a keeper! The folder is kept in the mini van so it is always available. I get it out once a week to make out our grocery list.
If you are wondering why I write the date on the front of the circulars and even keep them intact instead of clipping favorite coupons it is because I use a free online site, CouponMom.com. CouponMom matches up weekly sales with newspaper coupons. The sales listing tells readers what coupon circular and the date it was published. By keeping the circulars in tact it is quick and easy to find the right coupon. CouponMom is an excellent way to literally cut a grocery bill in half!
About Kellie Renfroe
Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 32 years and have four children ranging in age from 17 to 28. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading, studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.
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