Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Organizing Coupons

Couponing. Maybe you love it or maybe you hate it. Maybe you're like me and you love shopping with coupons because it saves your family money but, you also hate it because it's an extra hassle. I wouldn't say that I'm one of those major coupon shoppers. I'm not the most knowledgeable coupon person and I'm not that person who always scores the best bargains, although I do try. I'm the regular wife and mom who usually has her young children with her when she's grocery shopping but, I do use coupons as much as I can.

When I started using coupons a few things happened. First, I felt a bit dorky when I got up to the checker and handed her a stack of paper. It was like I could feel the people in the line behind me start tapping their toes. Another thing that happened when I started using coupons is that I started to not want to pay full price for anything. It's like, why would you want to buy say, batteries for the full price if you could have a coupon, match that with the sale price and save some money? Well, that sounds good but, it can get annoying when you always want to get the best deal. Couponing has made me way less prone to just stopping somewhere and picking something up.

I feel like I need to plan all my shopping trips and that gets old but, it saves us a lot of money. If I'm going to go grocery shopping, first I look through the sale ad to see what's on sale. I usually use the sale items to plan our meals. Then I match the sale items with coupons that I have.

I love saving money here and there because it all adds up but, it does require me to be more organized. Today my little project was to organize my coupons in this simple folder that I picked up at Michael's.
The coupons from the Sunday paper that I don't clip and file in the accordion file above, get stored away in a bigger accordion file. There are some great websites that match up coupons with sale items so, I don't throw these ones away until they are expired.
I don't think I'll ever be the best coupon shopper in the world or the most frugal mom around but, it is fun to save here and there. Getting my coupons all organized felt good and when they're organized, it really is less time consuming to keep everything straight.

Some of my favorite coupon/frugal websites are:
The Frugal Girls
Thrifty and Thriving
Money Saving Mom


  1. I knew two of the three sites, but thanks for the tip on the third!

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  3. New follower from the blog hop.

    I like your approach to couponing. I tried the mega way, and I admire those who do it, but it too more time than I had to give. It came down to whether my time was worth giving. I scaled back. Now if something is on sale I use then I will buy. I think everyone has their own way.

    Great article.


  4. I have a real problem organizing my coupons, thanks for the tips!

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