Friday, August 29, 2008

Getting started with coupons

For those of you who aren't familiar with the couponing game or those of you who need a better system, this is for you. A step-by-step "How to get your binder started" lesson.

You will need:
***3 ring zippered binder (splurge on this. It's so worth it.)
***Avery photo pages for your binder
** Scissors
** Index cards (for labeling)
** 3 dividers
** Any coupons you already have

Here are some pictures of mine so that you can have a visual...

This is my binder

These are the pockets inside the front cover

First page

Store section

Here's how I have it organized...

In the front pockets I have, receipts (keep them all for a while,) scissors, tear pads (more on those in a minute,) "other" coupons ie. out to eat, recreation, etc., calculator, pens

Here's a list of my sections and each tab in the section:

First page-

  1. This week (all the coupons I have pulled out to use this week)
  2. Refile (this is for when I am in the store and decide not to use a coupon)
  3. Checkout (when I physically pick the item up and cross it off my list, I move the coupon from "this week" to "checkout" to make the process easier. And because I am OCD about this. :)

1st divider:Store Section (for coupons that are specific to a store)

  1. page 1: Target, Kroger, Publix
  2. page 2: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

2nd divider: Grocery (you will want to change some categories to what you need but you'll at least get an idea)

  1. cheese/butter, yogurt/pudding, milk/eggs
  2. lunchmeat/packaged meat, refrigerated breads and desserts, frozen meals
  3. frozen fruit, Frozen pizza/appetizers/sides, ice cream/frozen desserts
  4. Frozen breakfast, Protein/Weight watchers products, Dips/salsa
  5. soup, bread, cereal
  6. canned veggies, canned fruit, bars/snacks
  7. boxed meals, rice/sides, pasta/sauce
  8. boxed desserts, crackers/chips, peanut butter/jelly/syrup
  9. salad dressings/marinades, condiments, baking/spices
  10. organic boxed, organic dairy/meat, organic frozen
  11. juice/drinks, candy/gum, produce

3rd divider: HBA (health and beauty aids)

  1. Diapers, Wipes, Baby wash/shampoo
  2. shampoo/body wash, razors/shaving cream, deodorant
  3. lotion/soap, facial cleansers/moisturizers, makeup
  4. toothbrushes, toothpaste/mouthwash, feminine products
  5. pain relievers, first aid, pain & itch cream/drops
  6. cough/cold/allergy, tummy stuff, vitamins

4th divider: Household

  1. paper goods, laundry, dishwashing
  2. cleaning, dusting, bathroom
  3. floors, sanitizers, bug stuff
  4. office/school supplies, batteries, storage
  5. rebates, several extra pages

1 comment:

Coupon Clipping Cuties said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! So glad to see it all together. Hope you'll come to my next class and help me teach the newbies now that you're on your way to becoming a coupon pro!