I did something today that I have been meaning to get to, I finally organized my coupons! It took me about an hour and a half to finish but usually if I keep up with it I can manage to only spend about a TV show worth of commercials on it 🙂 Things around here have been very busy so I haven’t had a chance to get to them until now.
As you can see my organizer was needing some serious help!
So to start this overhaul I have 2 goals I need to accomplish.
1. Get all loose coupon into proper spots
2. Make a list of all coupons expiring this month so I don’t let any of them “die”
So this is them all in a nice pile, I still had some that needed to be cut, and they were in no specific order. This is where I started, I sat them all on my lap, with my very handy clipboard, and set them into piles. Ones I will use, Ones to Trade, Ones for friends, and ones that expire soon 🙂
Once I had these piles sorted I had to break down the large pile of ones I will use. I organize them by item category in my organizer so this is how I sorted them.
Next I had to get them into the organizer. To save time I take out the ones that expire next month while I am putting the new coupons into my organizer, this saves me going through each category twice. I started on the first divider and worked my way to the last one, taking out any that expire in May or early June, and adding any new ones.
Once this was done I had all the coupons I will use in my organizer, and just a pile for trades and a pile that expire soon. I organized my pile that expire soon, by date and wrote each one down on a list I will take shopping with me. This way I can look at it while I am out and make sure I use these coupons up before they expire 🙂 I have a section for these coupons in the front of my organizer, so in they went.
Now I am ready for faster shopping!
All I am left with is all my trade coupons! Now if only I could find a system that would make trades easier too 🙂
How do you keep your coupons organized, do you keep up on it regularly or leave it until things are a mess!