Originally, I tried the little accordion file. I tried about 3 variations/sizes of the one you see here...
I then tried an index card box. Let me just tell you how happy I was when my 3 year old dumped it out and 9 million cards and coupons when flying into a total mess!
Then, I decided to try the baseball card binder method so I could clearly see and find everything that I had. It looked similar to this...
|photo from here|
I found that none of these organizational strategies worked for me because:
- They require you to cut out 9 million coupons that you will never use - I simply don't have time for that!
Finally, after much frustration, I attended Jenny's workshop...
- It was very difficult to find the coupons that I needed when I needed them.
and discovered her recommended Accordion File Method. So, I pulled out an old accordion file I had and voila!
Coupons are organized be the date they are issued. In the Sunday papers, we get the SmartSource and the RedPlum. I simply write the date on the cover sheet and file it by date.
Most coupon help/tip sites, like SouthernSavers, will tell you where to find the coupons, based on the title of the publication and the date, like RP 3/6/11. The accordion method makes it super easy to quickly put your hands on the coupons you need, and you only cut out the coupons you need when you need them - hallelujah!
When you run out of slots in the file, you just trash the oldest one, since most of those coupons are expired by that point anyway. I do keep the back section open for any special mailers or coupon bundles that come from other sources.
So there you have it! Happy saving!