Coupon Organization Ideas That Take 5 Minutes or Less!

Coupon Organization Ideas That Take 5 Minutes or Less!

Having a hard time keeping coupons in order? Try these quick organizing tips!


By: Marisa Torrieri Bloom

While I admire the moms who are masters of scoring good deals, I’m more of a “sometimes” couponer. Part of the reason is that I find it impossibly hard to keep little slips of paper organized on a regular basis. So what usually happens is that I stuff a coupon or two in my purse on my way out the door. Sometimes I remember to use them, other times they just expire before I get the chance.

As it turns out, professional organizers are expert coupon keepers (and users) and have a few tricks for us ordinary folks who just want to reap the savings without turning our purses into garbage bags. Here, they share five things you can do in five minutes or less to organize your coupons, or improve upon your existing coupon-organization system:

1. Download a coupon-management app. If it’s too hard to remember to tote a bunch of paper coupons to three grocery stores, start the streamlining process by downloading an app to your smartphone that allows you to scan and store multiple coupons in one place. Annie Irvin, a professional organizer with The Occasional Wife in Atlanta, says her favorite coupon app allows her scan coupons and export them as JPEG or PDF files. “It keeps things chronologically, so you don’t have to worry about too many old coupons," she says. She adds that she's never had a problem with a store accepting a PDF coupon on her smartphone. Some coupon apps come with features, such as expiration-date reminders and alerts when you walk into a store where you can use a particular coupon.

2. Categorize your accordion file. Chances are, you’ve heard the importance of getting an accordion file folder to store coupons. If you haven’t, determine whether you are a light or heavy coupon user and prefer “wallet-size accordion files” or “binders with baseball card pages,” says professional organizer Lauren Silverman of MOREganized LLC, in Glenview, Illinois. Of course, if you just stuff coupons into an accordion folder, you’re more likely to forget about them. The solution: Create a filing system for your coupons, and file accordingly. “Use a system that works for you,” says Barbara Reich, author of Secrets of an Organized Mom. Organize your coupons “by expiration date, type of food, meals -- whatever works.”

3. Invest in a utility knife. Using scissors to cut coupons? You could be letting valuable time slip through your fingers. If you have five minutes, order a utility knife to use instead. “We prefer [utility] knives to scissors when cutting coupons because they are quick, precise, and easy,” says Silverman. “Instead of using a scissor to cut through to the middle of a page to get to a coupon, the [utility knife] can cut it out along its borders in a jiffy, leaving the other side of the circular -- printed with other valuable coupons -- intact. Saving a few moments cutting out coupons adds up, just like the cents-off coupons themselves!”

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4. Purge while you wait. Have five minutes in the checkout line or at the drive-up bank teller? Take a look through your accordion folder and pull out old coupons you can toss. “By the time you wait in the car for the bank, you could go through all the expired coupons,” says professional organizer Diane Dunne of Dunne Organizing in Derby, Connecticut.

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5. Organize your email coupons. Your inbox is probably flooded with emails touting deals and specials, but trying to find them in your inbox every time you buy something online isn’t easy -- if you remember at all. That’s why Dunne likes to keep her email coupons in a separate folder. It takes less than a minute to create a new folder in your email inbox. Give it a label like “Favorite Coupons,” and start filtering the ones you want to keep into that new folder. Once you’ve done this, finding coupons all in one place will be much easier.

What are you doing to keep your coupons in order and maximize use?



Marisa Torrieri Bloom is a freelance writer and guitar teacher who lives with her husband and two young sons in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Patsy

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Can not find how to print the products I want when I go to Dawn I get digital and I need Printable site. All the products I have tried like Downy and etc. Will not come up.??????????

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Tide coupons are no longer available in the paper coupons. When I go to print them, there are none available..Have used Tide for years

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Feel the same as Lorena just spent a lot of time to get tide coupon that was supposed to be in paper but was not. Have used tide of years but ready to switch

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