Friday, November 19, 2010
Save Money by Organizing Those Coupons | Family Economics
How many times have I been at the grocery store, mall or big box store only to realize I could be saving money if I brought my coupons, gift cards and special offers or even knew where those items were in my home? Now I have created an organizing system to help me begin saving money on every shopping trip.
1. I purchased a medium size organizing accordion file folder unlabeled.
2. Next, I gathered all my money-saving coupons, free-offer coupons, dinning-deal coupons, discount cards, gift cards and printed coupons from the Internet I had been saving.
3. Then I separated them into categories so I would know how to label my file folder.
4. Finally I came up with the following categories and I labeled the sections with these different categories so I can file my money saving coupons, offers and gift cards in their correct sections. I keep my file folder in my tote bag so when I’m on-the-go I am prepared to save money.
• Use now – for those coupons that will expire soon and I really want to use. They are usually great money saving offers.
• Free – any coupon offering an item for free; even the buy-one-get-one-free offers go in this category.
• Big box store – money-saving coupons and in-store coupons for items I regularly buy at my local big box store are placed in this category (cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, snacks, etc.).
• Dining – all restaurant coupons, discount cards and gift cards are placed in this category.
• Mall – any money-saving coupons and offers that can be used at my local mall go into this category.
• Discount warehouse – I place the discount warehouse coupons I receive in the mail in this category.
• Groceries (boxed/bagged) – all grocery money-saving coupons for items that are in a box or bag go in this category.
• Groceries (canned) – all grocery money-saving coupons for canned foods go in this category.
• Groceries (refrigerated) – all grocery money-saving coupons for items that are in the refrigeration section go in this category.
• Groceries (frozen) – all grocery money-saving coupons for items that are in the frozen food section go in this category.
• Gift cards – any miscellaneous gift cards go into this category (coffee shop, non mall stores, etc.).
Also when creating my weekly shopping lists from the weekly advertisements I am able to pull out my coupons and attach them to my shopping list to help speed up my shopping trips.
How do you organize your coupons and money-saving offers so you are prepared to save money while shopping?