Fru-Gal Tip: Keep Your Coupon Inserts Intact!
I was recently asked by a reader how I organize my coupons. The biggest way I keep my coupons manageable and easy to find is that I don't cut them out of the inserts until I'm about to go to the store and use them. I have my inserts categorized by month in a small filing box; I clearly write the date of each individual insert on the front of it. So, for example, if there is a deal on Colgate toothpaste at Rite Aid and I need a coupon from the 11/6 Smart Source, then I go to my November folder, find the 11/6 SS insert, and cut the coupon.
If I do cut coupons and then end up not using them for whatever reason (i.e. store is out of stock, wrong deal, etc...), I have a binder that has clear, labeled sheet protectors that I stick the coupons into (i.e. grocery, personal care, baby items, office, etc... for categories). I used to have an accordion folder, but I think the binder keeps it a little less chaotic, though either way, I tend to not keep the best inventory on which coupons are in the binder/accordion folder.
What do you do to keep your coupons organized?