In order to be more efficient and save money when grocery shopping, it is important to organize your grocery store coupons. Rather than stuffing your coupons into your wallet and shuffling through them as you wander up and down the grocery store aisles, create an organization method that will allow you to not only shop the store quickly, but effectively as well.
1. Recipe Box
Because recipe boxes are fairly small, they allow for portable organization of coupons. Alphabet dividers come standard with recipe boxes, which will allow you to organize your coupons in alphabetical order, if you wish. However, as you walk down the grocery store aisles, searching for coupons can become tricky if you have to look at each letter tab. A more effective method for using a recipe box would be to create additional dividers, using basic categories within the store, such as:
- Personal Care
In addition to recipe boxes, some coupon users find child-sized shoe boxes, plastic food storage containers and empty baby wipe boxes to be an inexpensive and reliable method for organizing coupons.
2. 3-Ring Binder
Becoming increasingly popular among coupon users is the 3-ring binder method. In order to organize coupons in a binder, you will need to purchase a large 3-ring binder, dividers and transparent baseball card holders. Label the dividers with basic categories, such as those listed above, and place into the binder. Then, add the baseball card holders to the binder. Sort the coupons accordingly, grouping with like items in the same category. Because the pages are easily flipped in the binder and placed in transparent sleeves, finding the appropriate coupon is simple. Experienced coupon users have taken this a step further, investing in zip-up binders that can hold calculators for easy computations. In the case of multiple coupons of identical type and value, place them together in the same sleeve and put the one with the closest expiration date on top.
3. Photo Album
Using a photo album for coupon organization is similar to the 3-ring binder method. For this, all you need to do is purchase a photo album, with small photo compartments, such as the type you would put wallet-size photos in. The drawback to this method is that you are less likely to be able to organize with dividers, unless you use tape along the side of the covers to note which category the coupon is placed in.
4. Accordion-Style Coupon Organizers
Because you can regularly find plastic accordion-style coupon organizers at dollars stores, these are perhaps the least expensive of all coupon organizing methods. However, space is limited within these smaller sized organizers. In addition, there are no individual holders for coupons, which will still lead to a stack of coupons being placed in each pocket of the coupon organizer. Accordion-style coupon organizers would be beneficial for people who use fewer coupons, or for those that separate their coupons by shopping trip.