How to Make Coupon Organizers & Tips on How to Sort and File Coupons.
How to Make Coupon Organizers: Coupon organizer wallets are a must-have item for all serious couponers. They allow you to keep and categorize your stash of coupons, making specific coupons easier to find when you need them, either for use in stores or for trading with other couponers.
Advantages of Coupon Organizers
Provide a place to put all your coupons.
Portability means that you can take them to the store with you.
Enable you to categorize according to product type.
Enable you to categorize according to the expiration date.
Enable you to categorize according to discount type.
Often provide holders for pens and other accessories such as shopping lists.
Often designed so that they can attach to shopping carts.
How to Make Coupon Organizers
To organize all the couponsyou have on hand with envelopes, one idea is to create an envelope for each category (such as Meat, Beauty Products, Soaps & Detergents, Paper Products, etc.). Clip all the ones you plan on using and store them in the applicable envelopes so they can be found easily.
Once you have them sorted within the envelopes, store them in a plastic tub, photo or shoe box, file folders, whatever works best for you. Another idea for envelope organizing is to label and sort the envelopes by month (expiry dates).
An Expanding File Or Wallet
You can choose a large expanding file (example in the image) or even a wallet-sized one, they do hold a lot even though they’re smaller. The best wallet-sized ones for long term use would be a plastic or fabric organizer since they hold up longer, the wallet size also makes it easy to bring all your coupons with you on your shopping trips.
You can buy an accordion file or make your own. Use each pocket to store your clippings. If you have a wallet-sized accordion file organizer, keep the front pocket free and you can toss in the coupons that you plan to use on your next shopping trip.
If you’re going to buy an accordion file (either a folder or wallet), look for one that has tabs on top of the pockets. This way you can mark each pocket (ie. the Month or Product Category) and you can see at a glance what each pocket holds. If you’re going to make yourself an accordion system, construct or buy tabs that you can attach to each pocket. The tabs really do help you find the right pocket quickly.
An Index File Box
Boxes are great for organizing clippings, you can use anything from a cardboard shoebox, a plastic tub (with lid), a recipe box, or try an index card box. You can go as large as you need or keep it small with recipe and index card boxes if you don’t have a large collection (although these little boxes will hold plenty!).
Use dividers to separate your categories and then cut, snip and sort your coupons within each category. Either buy index dividers that will fit your box or make them out of cardboard from old cereal boxes. Ensure each index divider is tabbed so you can mark the sections.
You can make yourself an organizer binder to sort and store your clippings, this is an especially nice system if you are a heavy-duty couponer and have lots to keep filed.
You can use a regular binder but for a complete center, a zippered binder with inside pockets will give you lots of useful features. With the binder zipped up, you’ll have no worries about clippings or supplies falling loose and getting lost. You can set up the binder to hold everything you need for shopping plus there’s an added benefit: you can easily take it with you while shopping.
Whichever method you choose as your organizer, you’ll need to have a battle plan on how to keep them arranged within the storage system of choice. Here are a few suggestions:
By Expiry Date: You can clip together batches by month (based on expiry dates) or just store them all loose in the envelope/pocket/etc., with the about to expire coupons at the front and moving back (by date).
By Product: Within your Beauty & Health category, you can stack together all the shampoo rebates, all the deodorant ones, those for makeup, etc. Within each product category, sort the clippings by expiry date (with the soon to expire coupons on top).
Sort Alphabetically: Another way to organize within the system is by product name or product item (Ivory Soap, Smuckers Jam, or Peanut Butter, Laundry Detergent, etc.).
Choose whatever method works best for you, the goal is to set up a system that will help you to use your coupons before they expire as well as know where to find a particular one when looking for it.