When you start to Super Coupon (as I like to call it), organization of coupons becomes essential. To stay SANE means you must stay organized, or at least attempt it.
There are methods like the binder method (been there, done that) or big coupon box (been there, done that) which I won’t get into too much detail but basically both of those methods require you to cut out coupons. Some people cut and file only the coupons they will use and then toss the rest of the inserts.
And others cut out EVERY coupon and file it away, because sometimes you just never know what deal will pop up. Even if its for a product you will never, ever use in a million years, a deal could appear that would make it free or better yet a money maker. Plus you can always donate your extra stuff to friends, family or local food banks!
I keep all Qs because I like to be ready for a killer deal! However, I don’t have time to cut out and file all coupons, particularly when I get at least 7-10 inserts regularly and am now often getting an extra 20 inserts from a smaller, free paper.
Whole Insert File Cabinet Method
I file whole inserts by date in my file cabinet. I generally only cut the coupons as I use them, unless its something we always buy and even then I will often wait until I need to cut them out. I already have plenty of loose coupons that need to be organized and filed away without adding to it unnecessarily.
I simply label each folder with the date and slip the inserts in them. I often write the date on the front of the insert so I can quickly glance at it and know the date. The date is printed in the side/binding of each insert, but is quite small. The folders are then just filed by date.
It’s easy to find coupons by searching PYP AZ coupon list. Keep in mind this list is based on the Phoenix paper, so often times I only have 5 copies of the “good” coupons because the Tucson paper didn’t have them.
Once you start filing inserts your file cabinet will fill up rather quickly! You need to constantly stay on top of getting rid of expired inserts. My file cabinet is almost always stuffed to the gills! I utilize the PYP When To Toss Insert List to get rid of expired inserts. It is one of my favorite features of PYP.
In fact here is the huge stack I removed last week!
I sometimes assemble a Mega Insert (See Frugalsuz’s post here for more details) out of my Phoenix paper inserts. However, I sometimes get too busy to do it. I also hate the fact that I can’t make a Mega Insert out of all of my inserts because the coupons vary between the different newspapers. I generally have 3 variations of each insert: The Arizona Republic, The Tucson Citizen & The Northwest Explorer. I do like Mega Inserts though, it makes the stack of inserts neater and easier to cut!
Anyway… so that has been my coupon organization method for several years now. I do carry a little coupon organizer and also envelopes (separated by store) depending upon what sort of deal runs I am doing.