My old coupon system worked fine until about a few weeks ago when I really started taking to getting so much free stuff using coupons and store promotions. My box system just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. I saw a really cool video description (I wish I could remember where) of a coupon folder and I thought, “hmm, I think I have the stuff to make that right here.” I ended up having to spend about $1 for page protectors but we had everything else just laying around.
So, go here to view my old system if you want to see it. Below are photos and a brief description of my new system. We’ll be giving a similar one away at Frugal Heart sometime next week.
Here is my zip around folder. It is a 2 inch 3 ring binder zipper folder that I have had for about 9 years. I have never used it for much so I thought this would be the perfect coupon storage folder.
The just inside I have a pocket where I keep store ads and then some smaller pockets hold pens, scissors, a calculator, and paper clips.
I slide clipped coupons into sports card protector pages. I fold them so I can see the product the coupon is for. I use both sides and they fill up very fast. These pages are separated into categories. I have baby/toddler, meat/dairy, home, health/beauty, snacks/baking, general food, pets/misc.
I have a top loading page protector at the end of each section with all my ‘need to file’ coupons for that particular section. I also have one in the back for coupons that need to be clipped but I usually clip all my coupons right away.
CVS has its own page protector to hold my flier and Extra Care Bucks. I certainly don’t want these to get lost in the ocean of coupons and I make a quite a steal at CVS. As soon as I get more into Walgreens Register Rewards I will probably do the same with it. If you don’t know about CVS and Walgreens amazing deals then visit my other blog to learn about it.
I keep club cards and gift cards in a sports card protector in the back. When I use the gift cards I write in the amount left on each card in sharpie directly on the front of the card.
You may also have noticed that I have notebook paper in the folder, as well. I can write down things I need to remember here – like a particular store’s price on ground beef or an upcoming sale I don’t want to miss.
For a more detailed rundown of how I have made couponing and deal finding bring our family of 8′s grocery spending down from around $600 a month to less than $300 a month head on over to Frugal Heart. I am always adding tips and descriptions of how I do things and I add links to printable coupons that can make a good deal great. Plus, since I am still fairly new at this I write out all my mistakes so others can avoid them!