I have always had a love/hate relationship with coupons. I know there is quite a bit of money to save when using them for things I normally buy...However, I just haven't been able to find a system that works for me. I do NOT want to carry some large binder to the grocery store but I also really want to be able to keep my coupons organized and easily located. And, most importantly I don't want to spend any cash coming up with a storage system! As I was raiding my "school supplies" drawer, I had an idea....
At the bottom of the drawer was a black plastic notecard holder complete with the little elastic closure thingy. I had bought it five years ago when G1 first started taking a language - thinking she could use it for vocabulary flashcards. I don't know why I kept in but I'm glad I did! For now I divided it into the following categories:
Meat & Dairy
Bath & Beauty
Laundry & Paper Goods
Baking, Breads, & Cereal
ECB's & Rebates
Little plastic tabs and notecards with the category names written on them will *hopefully* keep it semi organized.
But now where to get the coupons?
Approximately once per month or so my mom gives me a stack of coupons from her Sunday papers so I started clipping the big pile I had accumulated here. (Sadly, I missed the expiration dates on quite a few since I started my new couponing adventure so late this month.)
I will check out (in earnest) the coupon section of Swagbucks to see what is available and print out anything I can use.
I will also research the big name/brands that we tend to use and join any loyalty programs and see if their websites offer up any coupons.
At least that is a start, right?
Can you help me out in my new quest? Any helpful websites or tips you care to share? And, how do YOU keep all your coupons organized and not miss expiration dates in the process?
I would love to hear any advice you can offer!