Coupon clipping certainly has its perks. But carrying around your coupons – especially with little kids around – can get a bit messy. To put a stop to your coupon clutter and get in and out of the store faster, consider one of these 5 methods for organizing coupons for easy, on-the-go savings.
1. Repurposed Clutch
Start with a small clutch, and use recipe dividers to create sections. We recommend organizing the dividers based on the layout of your grocery store. That way, you can pull coupons as you go from aisle to aisle without having to search through the whole stack. Keep it in the upper basket as you shop, then just pop it back in your purse or shopping tote for next time.
Decorating Tip: To add a personalized touch to your new couponing sidekick, add some washi tape, puffy paint or rhinestones. And most importantly, have fun with it!
2. Mini Expandable File Folder
The accordion-like design of expandable file folders – found in the office supply section – creates pockets for easy sorting. Even if you’re not the type to map out your entire supermarket, it’s simple to organize by general departments like produce, meat and bread. No tabs? Use sticky notes to make simple section labels.
Binders can range from basic 3-ring organizers to full-on suites for pens, pencils, calculators and more. Choose a size based on your commitment to coupon clipping, then store coupons and shopping lists in clear page protectors, creating sections with page dividers. Want to know exactly how much you’ll save at the register? A binder with all the bells and whistles will offer space for the tools you’ll need to tally up your bill and keep track of your savings.
4. Basket or Crate
Create a coupon clipping station by placing a basket or crate next to the area where you set your mail. Simply fill your container with file folders, spruce them up with a design of your liking and use each folder to categorize coupons by store. For added convenience, keep a pair of scissors in your container for clipping coupons as they arrive.
5. Menu Organizer
Create a take-out menu organizer using a small notebook, then turn it into a two-in-one tool by using your organizer pockets to slip in coupons alongside the menu for each restaurant. You can use this same organizer idea for grocery store coupons too. It’s just the right size to fit in the glove box.
One option – to avoid the clipping and the organizing altogether – is to go digital! Take advantage of many stores’ shopper card coupons. They’ll give you an automatic discount on many products, but they’ll also allow you to pre-load digital coupons directly onto your card before you go shopping. For P&G products, you can visit our Shopper Card Coupons page, pair your retailer with the available shopper card coupons, and then next time you’re in the store you’ll automatically enjoy all the discounts. No clipping or clutter!
How do you organize your coupons at home? Let us know in the comments below!