Once you have a way to get papers you HAVE TO GET ORGANIZED!! This is crucial for couponing success. You will hate to coupon if you are poorly organized!! I promise.
- I personally use the Binder Method. And I organize by week. So each week I pull my inserts apart and group by page. Then I put each page in it's own page protector. Most coupon sites tell you which coupon to use with the date it came out, so I can go to that week and flip through them until I find the one I need. This method works for me, because I like to clip as I go at the grocery store. So, once I put my product in the cart, I cut the corresponding coupons and put them in a separate envelope.
- Joanie uses the binder method, but she organizes by category with baseball bard holders. This seems like the most organized (and time consuming) method. She has a table of contents and she doesn't have to clip at the store. I know I would use this method if I was willing to put in the time up front. She probably spends an extra hour a week cutting and filing her coupons. So, if you have a block of time on Sundays while your kids are napping, this option is awesome!
- Boxes are another great for organizing coupons. You can use anything from a cardboard shoe box, a plastic tub (with lid), a recipe box, or try an index card box. This method is good, because you can choose a size that will work for you... You can go as large or small as you want. Then, use dividers to separate your categories (or separate by week) and then cut, clip and sort your coupons within each category. Make sure each index divider is tabbed so you can mark the sections.
- Bambi (another contributor) uses a plastic flex-type coupon organizer. These are nice if you are new to couponing and don't have many coupons. You can carry it in your purse and take it everywhere. (It looks like a clutch) The downside is that it doesn't hold very many coupons.
There are so many ways to organize, and there really isn't a right or wrong way... Just find what works for you and perfect it.