Grab your coupons kids.. the expert has arrived

As promised today we have Ellen from Thrifty and Chic Mom to tell us all about how she organizes, stores and transports her coupons. I have to tell you I started using her system three weeks ago and WOW! I was using an old card file and I can’t tell you how many times I missed a coupon (drat!) when I could have saved big time. I also promised that there would be a giveaway with this post. I will give a radom winner one set of the card protectors that she puts her coupons in.. want to know what that is? Read on.. leave a comment to enter, the winner will be announced on Sunday along with the wonderful new additions to the Woo Hoo box!. So without further fuss from me.. I turn this post over to Ellen (don’t forget to stop by her blog, you’ll be glad you did!)…

Hi my name is Ellen and I run a blog called Thrifty & Chic Mom, Lara has generously asked me to share my coupon organization system with you today. I am very excited for this opportunity and hope you like my system as much as I do. Here it is:

I use a leather 3 ring binder ( leather so it is durable). I got this one at Target.

It has an accordion file in the front where I keep the weekly ad of the store I am shopping at. That section rotates based on where I am going, that way the binder doesn’t get any bulkier than it is already. The back has a built in notepad I use for my grocery list and there is a pen holder.

It does not zip shut but I have a cute tote bag that it fits perfectly in. At first it was a bit embarrassing to have a big binder to shop with but with my cute bag and all the money it has saved me I am no longer embarrassed but thrilled with the deals it gets me. ( The bag was $4 at Target!)

Then I have a calculator and a zipper pocket with scissors and a backup pen.

Next I have my categories. Each category begins with a labeled pocket tab. That way I know what section it is and when I am unable to file coupons I can stick them in the appropriate area. Behind each tab are baseball card sleeves. I like these best because they hold 9 coupons per page and I can use front and back. I ordered collector card sleeves from online because they are sturdier and I don’t want to be constantly replacing my pages. This system allows for easy viewing on the go. I tend to group in each slot coupons for the same item and/or company depending on how big the section is, I don’t want it to be too time consuming to file.

My categories are:
Baby
Beverages
Condiments
Snacks
Breakfast
Baking Needs
Canned
Meat
Dairy
Freezer
Grains
Oral hygiene
Toiletries
Medicine
Cleaning Products
Paper Products
Household Goods
Laundry
Pets
CVS (store specific coupons and ECB)
Kroger/ Giant Eagle ( store specific coupons)

I also have a separate file that I keep my weekly ads in for reference which I purge each week as I replace the ads with current ones. This file also holds my coupons for restaurants, entertainment, clothing and anything else I have.

I find this system very convenient on the go, child proof and easy to use. It is bulky but I am fine with that. It is not for everyone but hopefully this will help you get an idea of how to file your own coupons. Thanks for letting me share how I organize my coupons, you can find me everyday at Thrifty & Chic Mom please stop by and say Hi!

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