Do you keep forgetting your coupons?
Streamline your shopping trips!
For successful couponing, you need a routine. Most of us go through a trial and error process of elimination of what works for us and what doesn't. If you would like to skip that, this article is for you. I will share what works for me and you can decide if it is your style or not.
I have an obsession with keeping things as simple as possible. So much so, that I often can come up with complex, detailed summaries on simple-ization. This hub is not about the home management of your coupon adventure. It is the to go version. So, here is what you will need for this method.
- 1 inch 3 ring binder
- Hole Puncher
- Stick on cd holders (with closing)
- Sturdy cardboard dividers (or the covers of old spiral notebooks or cereal boxes cut to size)
- plastic sheet protector for business cards
- Pencil case with 3 holes for inside the binder
1 inch, 3 ring binder - You are able to get this for less before school starts. It should be hard cover, not floppy and you should get it for no more than $1.50. Remember, these are saving strategies so try to bypass the pricier ribbons, puppies, and other fluff. The reason that it should be hard cover is because it will sit upright in your shopping cart's child seat. Less fuss for you in the store! The binder is small, light weight, and slides right into your reusable bags for an easy grab and go.
3 hole punch - This will make your life a bit easier. Instead of the loose shopping list or buying paper, you can easily punch a hole in any paper that you want to take with you including the sales ad for the week! Also, if you have found a coupon site that does your match up for you it can be as easy as click, print, hole punch, binder and shop! Nothing left behind.
Sturdy Dividers & stick on CD Holders - These are awesome. I stick 2 CD Holders on each side of my divider. I designate a store to each pocket and use the back ones for blinkies and coupons I find on my trips. If you get a binder with pockets, its great for when you find large coupon flyers and books. So, picture this, the first pocket has all the coupons that go with your Publix grocery shopping list. The second has all the coupons for Walgreens, the third has CVS and so on...
In your Walgreens pocket, you have already placed your register rewards you got last week. Your CVS pocket has your Extra Care Bucks already. Nothing gets left at home or forgotten. You no longer have to worry so much about the expiration dates. Everything is with you.
Plastic Sheet Protector for Biz Cards - Have you ever forgotten you Office Max perks card or Publics U Promise card? One of these sheets should do the trick. It is clear, so you can use 2 cards per slot and have everything together. Your CVS cards, PetSmart, Office Max, Pet Co pals, etc.
Then it becomes as simple as loading your coupons and shopping lists! Sounds easy right. You do not want to know what I have tried to get to that point. I don't like a lot baggage. I also like to keep blank paper in mine in case I stumble across a good deal that is worth coming back for or if I want to price compare a particular item.
Well, Happy Saving!