Lately I've been dipping my toes in the murky water that is couponing. I'm still very much a "newbie" despite the fact that I've been reading coupon blogs for almost 3 years. I've learned so much, like it's very worth while, but I have yet to master deals and steals. My top 3 coupon blogs are:
1. Kingdom First Mom - Alyssa hosts the weekly $5.00 challenge. Teaching others how to shop with coupons, purchase many items and only spend $5.00 OOP (out of pocket). Love her.
2. Money Saving Mom - Crystal has a team of people sharing all the sales and deals with her to share with all of us! Sign up for the email for your local stores and you will be among the first to hear about what's on sale and what coupon to use. She will also list printables for your that go along with the ads to maximize your savings!
3. Consumer Queen - Melissa lists it all. No matter how big or small, if there is a deal out there she will find it and blog it. I love watching her YouTube channel. She always inspires me!
So that's where I began my journey. I've been collecting my coupons for about 6 weeks now and I have quite a growing stash. I had one of those store bought coupon organizers at home and tried to use it unsuccessfully. I found that it didn't have nearly enough categories for optimal sorting. I googled some homemade coupon organizers and found one I could do easily with the items I have at home. Here's how you do it:
1. Get a stack of plain envelopes and begin to label them in the categories you find helpful while couponing. Label the back top side with a large font and a dark visible color. Marker is a better choice over pen, believe me, I tried it first.
2. Line them up in some sort of order. Imagine walking through the store and place like categories together. Example, you will want body wash and hair care near each other. Chances are you will not want the dairy category next to the shaving category. Do a virtual walk-through in your mind of the store you are most likely to use your coupons, and stack your envelopes to match the way you walk through the store and isles. Then place the envelopes in order with the top envelope reflecting the shopping you'd do that's closest to the entrance of the store. Using the photo below as an example I want the Medicine & Vitamins envelope to be the top envelope, it will end up on the far left when I lay them vertically. The Toilet Paper & Paper Towels envelope needs to be on the far right, so start with that envelope for the next step.
So there you go! A very frugal solution to organizing your coupons. What's so great about this solution is that it's very customizable. You can choose as many or as few categories that you may need.
Would you find this method useful? What do you use to organize your coupons?