A little over one year ago, I used to clip only those coupons that I was likely to use, and toss the rest. And I never printed coupons either. Then I started playing The Drugstore Game and realized that I needed all of the coupons because I never knew what was going to be free or a money maker.
So I clipped all of the coupons, bought a second compartmented wallet, and soon discovered that my coupon folders were overflowing. Obviously, that system wasn’t going to work either.
Then I started clipping only the coupons I knew I would almost certainly use, and the ones for weekly deals that I planned out. (Much like Erica’s system.) Everything else stayed in the inserts, which I dated and left in a magazine holder on my desk.
But in the last month or so – once we got the car back from the body shop and I could shop frequently again – there have been several times when I could have gotten something for free with a coupon that was sitting back on my desk at home. So that’s made me want to have all of my coupons with me again.
I’ve looked at the popular solution of carrying a coupon binder, but I don’t think I can use something that big when I’ve got a kid in the shopping cart. (Check out MoneyDummy‘s YouTube video for a great example of a coupon binder.)
I recently purchased two additional compartmented coupon wallets from Target’s Dollar Spot section, so my new idea is to use all four coupon wallets to carry all of my coupons. I’m currently clipping coupons from the stored inserts on my desk, and deciding on the categories to create for all of them. (Using Money Saving Mom’s list as a guide.) I think that with four wallets, the coupons will be spread out enough to not overstuff them, and there will be enough categories so that searching for a specific coupon won’t get overwhelming.
But I’m not convinced that this is the perfect solution either, so I’m asking for suggestions: how do you organize your coupons?