Sorting Coupons

Once clipped, it helps to keep coupons sorted in some fashion.  An orderly system will keep coupons accessible when you head to the grocery store and make it easy to review expired coupons at a glance.  There are many ways to sort and organize your grocery coupons but use a system that is logical for your needs.

When I first started clipping some 20+ years ago, I used a single envelope with a few index cards as separators. This worked for years.  Eventually, I moved up to an accordion-style coupon organizer and later, a large 3-ring notebook with lots of pockets, folders and dividers.  As my couponing skills increased, so did my sorting system.  Whether you casually clip coupons and use a small organizer–or you’re a savvy shopper that uses a large coupon binder–creating a system that works for your style will save the most time.

Some coupon sorting categories include:

  • Baking Products
  • Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Canned Goods
  • Cleaning
  • Dairy
  • Health & Beauty
  • Snack Food
  • Laundry
  • Meats
  • Paper / Plastic
  • Pet Supplies
  • Sauces / Seasonings
  • Side Dishes
  • Store Coupons
  • Misc.

Once you’ve determined the categories to use in your coupon organizer, it may make sense to place the categories in either alphabetical order or the same order as your grocery store’s aisles.

What method of coupon sorting and storing do you use?

Shari is a freelance writer and speaker specializing in the topics of starting a home business, living richly on less, and the challenges of raising children while doing both.

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