Tip 4: Use a coupon file
I found my little wonder-worker at Target. I can't seem to find it anymore online, but this one from The Container Store is a similar idea (and it's an awesome store!).
Keep your file with you whenever you go to a store (I just always have mine in my purse), and remember to include coupons you get in the mail along with online coupons. The trick to staying organized is to immediately put any coupons you receive into your file. Don't forget to purge your file at least every month or two.
Find a system that works for you. Here's how I've organized mine:
- Wegmans -- for the grocery store I love and their occasional coupons I get in the mail
- Personal care -- for toiletries, make-up, medicine, first-aid
- House care -- for cleaning products, batteries, Ziploc items
- Grocery -- for any food items
- Stores -- for shops that frequently send me coupons, such as World Market, Ulta, Hallmark, CVS, Michaels
- Clothes -- for any clothing store, particularly Ann Taylor Loft and their bazillion coupons, or those receipts from stores like Banana Republic where you complete an online survey to get 20% off your next purchase
- Restaurants -- these mostly tend to be from take-out places, such as Baja Fresh, or the occasional coffee shop, such as Caribou
- Car -- for all those oil change and inspection coupons from Mr. Tire
- Dogs -- for food and treats
Next up...planning a weekly dinner menu!