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The stacks of inserts were getting too much to handle, so I just spent time (too much of it!) clipping coupons and throwing away the expireds/ soon to be expired. Now, I'm stuck with this ginormous stack of clipped coupons and I can't decide how to organize them. Soooooo...I come to you wonderful ladies for wisdom.
How do you organize? By date, by brand, by type of product? There just seem to be so many ways to do it, I'd hate to spend a bunch of time doing things one way, only to find out that way sucks.
Location: Among the trees and stars, the drum beat never fades ...
We should really have a sticky about this question. I swear someone asks it every 3 months or so.
I have two expanding check files. One is all food. The other is household/toiletries. The food one is divided into categories based on the aisles at the grocery store I shop at the most and the logical pattern of my brain. They are (in order) ... Dairy, Meat, Baking, Pantry, Breakfast, Snacks, Beverages, Frozen, Produce/Deli/Bakery, Pets, and Store Specific. I also have a slot labeled "Money" where I keep rainchecks, gift cards, and money off catalinas. The household/toiletry one is divided by category ... hair care, body care, teeth, air fresheners, bathroom, food storage, misc. cleaners, paper products, and tools/refills.
I keep both of them in my purse at all times. I used to also sub sort within the pockets so that they were sorted by expiration date. That got increasingly annoying and hard to keep up with. Now, I just make sure I put the new ones in the back of each pocket when I clip them and I figure they'll be basically sorted by date, which is good enough for me.
Definition (Webster's 2006) of "MandiK":
A 20something, graduate student, college prof, tree hugging, time managing, coupon addicted, cosmetic selling, dirt worshipping, girl who is in love with Ben and welcomed Sofie Grace on 1/31/11.
I have the cheapies that you can get at the dollar store, little expandable "pocket book" type of coupon holders. I keep mine by category in one and the other one is all the expireds (by category again) because I have a store that will take expired coupons.
I have a 3 ring binder that is seperated by the categories I shop in Alphabetical order (baby products, baking, boxed & canned goods, breakfast, condiments, etc.). I use the baseball card protector sheets and the colored dividers. In each slot I have a different product for that category, for instance, in Baby Products each slot would be each brand of diapers, wipes, etc. In each slot I have the coupons in order of expiration so that if I am in the store I take the ones that will expire out first.