Now, it’s time to organize your coupons. There are many ways to organize coupons. As with all things, you need to develop a system that works for you. I use a small Tupperware box that I bought. I’ve expanded past the point of an expandable coupon file, but that is a great way for beginners to start! Shoeboxes also work well. In my coupon box, I have mini folders / envelopes that sort and divide my coupons. Here’s a picture of my coupon box. What do you want your coupon box to be?
Sorting Your Coupons
The next question you must decide is how you want to sort your coupons. Some prefer to sort alphabetically. Some prefer to sort by product and brand. Some prefer to sort by category. I am a category person myself. My Mom always sorted by categories, so this is what I grew up with. As I’ve couponed on my own, I have discovered that this is currently a good fit for me. If you choose to use categories, you must decide which categories are relevant to you. My coupon categories are as follow.
- Bread, Rice, Pasta
- Snacks (Crackers, Popcorn, etc.)
- Canned Goods (includes Boxed items)
- Condiments (Salad Dressing, Ketchup, etc.)
- Baking Goods (Flour, Sugar, Chocolate Chips, etc.)
- Hair Products
- Personal (Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, etc.)
- Paper Products (Napkins, Toilet paper, Plastic bags)
- Cleaning Supplies
- Free Products
I also include a category for Meijer, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens / Target. These are where I place my coupons for my current trip to any given store. Feel free to use my categories as a brainstorming list, as you plan your coupon box. Once you’ve created your box, file the coupons you collected and clipped last weekend into the correct categories. There. You’re off to a great start! Next time, we’ll cover how to add to your coupon collection.