Saturday, March 14, 2009

Accordian File Organization

I have had a couple of questions from readers as to how I organize [my adorable Carolina Pad] accordian coupon binder (found at Target or Wal-Mart.)
The first 5 sections are organized by store. In these sections, I keep my store envelopes (remember I only carry in my shopping list and envelope filled with the coupons I cut for the week into the store when I got shopping.)
My personal five store sections are CVS, Publix, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens.

The next 7 sections are organized by type of coupon. You can decide what type of coupon divisions are fitting for your family but in my case it is baby, beauty (make up, toothpaste), cleaning, food, medicine, miscellaneous/paper (batteries, toilet paper), and restaurants.
My Sunday Inserts stay inside my coupon binder and any cut coupons I have go in my accordian folder. The ONLY reason I cut coupons is because I printed them or they fell out of the binder. The rest of the coupons in this binder are from peelies, blinkies (coupons found on the shelf below the item), mailers (mailed to you), etc.
Remember, don't CUT from the binder coupons until you need it.
Want to read more about my organization system, see my previous post Here.


aztec said...

I have a question about store coupons. How/where do you get store coupons. I know that Meijers prints out coupons but it states manufacture by the date and you can only use it at meijers. So is that a store coupon or manufacture coupon?

Kathryn said...

Have a question about putting the inserts into a binder. If you punch the inserts, does it matter that the holes go thru the barcode of the coupon? Will that cause a problem in the cashier scanning the coupon? Thanks!

Frugal Coupon Mom - said...

Aztec, sometimes the weekly fliers have the store coupons, sometimes the monthly fliers, sometimes they have special magazines or special reward cards or fliers around the store. Key is to always keep your eye open.

Frugal Coupon Mom - said...

Kathryn, as long is there is not a major hole (say center of the barcode) this is okay. Sometimes it brushes the side of the code - no big deal