This is a picture of the 'before' mess. Maybe it doesn't look too bad, but that drawer is stuffed full of inserts that I didn't have time to deal with this summer because I was too busy being nauseated. It happens. BUT it only took about an hour to get everything organized and back on track.
I don't do it often enough, but I'm actually pretty great at organizing. Maybe it's my Type A side, maybe it's because, as I tell the Hubster often to tease him, I'm just spacialy gifted. Whatever it is, I feel comfortable telling you that this is the EASIEST, BEST, MOST EFFICIENT WAY to organize your coupon stash. I have tried many methods, this is by far the best.
First you need a GOOD binder. They are not all created equally. Get yourself one by Case-It. You will not regret it (and they aren't paying me, this is my honest opinion). Here's why:
- They don't fall apart. They are covered in a tough as nails nylon material that takes a beating.
- THEY ZIP CLOSED. So if you drop your binder, your coupon stash stays put.
- They have a handle and a carrying strap. On shopping day, I leave my purse at home. All I need is my debit card and my binder. The End.
- They have a built in file, pencil case, mesh pocket and two zipped pouches. More ways to be organized.
Case-it binders are sold at Target, Staples and online. Target has great prices on the basic model, which is really all you need. They do have 'coupon binders' on their website, but you don't need it because you won't be clipping and sorting.
The first page in my binder has my name and phone number on it, and lives in a sheet protector. Right after that are some cheat sheets a friend gave me listing common groceries and 3 and 6 month pricing so you know when you are looking at a stock up deal. If someone has an online source for this please let me know and I will post it.
Then I have a clear binder pocket where I stash the coupons I plan to use, and facing that, the shopping list.