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How To Organize Your Coupons

Okay, the long awaited “How to organize your coupons”  video is finally here.  You all get to come into my little office so I can show you a few ways to keep those coupons organized and easy to use. I’m a little nervous, I hope you all like it.  If not, be nice…I tried :)  And I probably should have waited till I lost my 15 lbs but I’ve been trying to do this for quite a while and who knows how long it will take to lose 15 lbs.

A couple of notes before you view:

  1. Sorry that it’s not perfectly clear.  It took us all day to get this going.  We are just not technically inclined that way.
  2. I say there are 5 inserts with 3 Smart Source & 3 Red Plum.  I obviously can’t add and talk at the same time.  There are 3 Smart Source & 2 Red Plum.

I hope you enjoy the videos and find them useful.  Below is a list of the divider labels I use for my coupon binder.


Divider Labels:

  • Free
  • Produce
  • Condiments/Sauces
  • Beverage
  • Baking/Spices
  • Cereal/Breakfast
  • Snacks/Candy
  • Dairy
  • Meats
  • Frozen
  • Cosmetics
  • Oral Care
  • Personal Care
  • Cleaning
  • Paper Goods
  • Medicine
  • Office Supplies/Household
  • Pkg Goods/Canned

  • Rosemery

    Hi Cindy i just start coupon a few months ago, a i just saw you videos realllyyy helpful with the blind because i”m been using a little wallet and sometimes i can’t find what i need. God Bless you. I just sign up for yours emails and help me a lot thanks .

  • Summer

    Please tell me what i can do about when i click on a link and the coupon isn’t there? i use grocerysmarts.com to make my grocery list, have been doing this for years, however when i click on something it takes me to the manufacturers website where the coupon cannot be found.
    Also, it takes me to the site where there are A, B and C category coupons. sometimes the coupon doesn’t exist on the list i am sent to.
    Has this ever happened to anyone? How can i fix this?

  • Yvonne

    Do the tabs come on the baseball card sheets? If not, is it a separate sheet that you use? Are they just tabs that you attach to the baseball sheets? Thanks!

    • Pamela

      My tabs did not come on the sheets, I use write on tabs that you can just stick onto the sheets. They are by Avery and very easy to use.

  • Crystal

    Thank you it was very useful,I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong and now I know! Plus you didn’t need to lose 15 lbs. Lol you look great. I wish I looked that good,thanks again .

  • dave – stroudsburg pa

    i started a binder,,,, i bought these divider from big lots in east stroudsburg pa,,,, and i had tabs in it,,, and then i put 3 base ball sheets in between them,,,, so i have room for 18 differen coupons,,,,,and one else near stroudsburg that might want to get together and talk coupons,,,,

    • Debbie East Stroudsburg, PA

      hey Dave nice to see someone local. I also got my tabs at big lots ($1.00 ea pack) I also have a binder, it kind of looks like the lady in the video. Good Luck with your couponing. :)

  • Phyllis

    How do you remember expiration dates? I get very upset with myself when I miss an expiration date on something I really wanted to use.

  • Kelsey

    I am not sure of how to get my binder separated now that I’ve only separated it by weeks. I have a lot of cutting and my smart source’s are never the same so i can’t just stack and cut.
    Also, what would go in the “Free” category? BOGO coupons?

  • Yvonne

    Wow!!! You have SAVED me. I am new to couponing and just started last month. And I am so OVERWELMED with all my coupon inserts. I am definitely going to follow your steps this evening. I have been on so many websites and you are the only website that I found that actually shows you how to clip and organize coupons. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Barbara

    I am wondering how you make money from using coupons?When I use to work at grocery store, about a few yrs ago ,the stores policy was if the coupon was to end up giving the customer money back we were not allowed to do so thy were only entittled to getting the item for free.

    • Dezi

      Hey! A lady on the show “Extreme Couponing” ran into a similar situation, the store owed her 4 dollars, I believe it was, she just went and grabbed something worth a little less than that amount and got that item for free. Not sure if that’s how it works exactly but that’s what I took from it ! LOL

  • Sarah

    Where is the video??

  • Shannon F.

    Greetings. I’m having a hard time deciding how to organize the coupons that I know I won’t use right away or don’t typically buy the product but like to keep the inserts (in a clear pouch) to reference later if I see a good deal on an item. Any suggestions? Do some of you keep them organized by week? Put them in a separate binder, etc? (I do tend to clip for my friends and coworkers when I find coupons I for sure won’t use, like for diapers, allergy meds etc)…I’m also wondering if anyone has suggestions for additional categories for their binder. Thank you for any assistance!

  • Karen C

    I am so backwards. Originally I started with Cindy’s method, because that was how it was taught to me, and then someone told me that keeping them all in the inserts was easier, and just finding them when going shopping was better.
    Let me tell you, do it Cindy’s way. I haven’t found anything that Cindy says to be wrong and I have been couponing for about 2 years now. When I switched to the secondary method, I basically stopped couponing. The pile of inserts that I have is enormous and most likely a lot of the coupons have expired by now and it’s very difficult for my mom to get on this site and search for what she wants to buy. When I have a little bit of time, I am going to start going back to my originial way of couponing (Cindy’s method) and get back on track to saving boatloads of money.

    Thanks Cindy!!!

  • leigh

    i just wanted to say im so excited to learn .i think ur video was great n is going to be a big help to me.i really need to learn all i can.it is so hard to buy food n all other things you need to.i am so thankful a very nice lady over heard my friend n i talking about coupons and told us about this site and how she has saved and so on.a pay it forward if you would as i sure will to friends.
    leigh

  • tracet

    you can find the basebal cards at target for 4.99 pack of 35. if you bough Mio last week = free

  • Jessie

    I’m wanting to begin couponing but am having a hard time starting since we don’t have the money for a Sunday paper. I’m trying other sources for now though and your site has been really informative. My question is, how do you organize your coupons if they’ll go in multiple categories? (i.e. frozen sausage biscuits that could be put in frozen or breakfast) When I was helping my mom with her coupons growing up, this was a hold up for us. We would put it in one, then look in the other when it was time to find it resulting in it not being used.

    • Tami

      frozen to me is all frozen no matter what…Cause they are in the same aisle. Breakfast was all items in the cereal aisle. It was easier for me to do it this way. So Dairy would include bread cause that is where my bread aisle is my store. What ever makes it easier.

      • Christina

        I have my binder broke down by isle and item

        for example frozen breakfast; frozen breads; frozen meals; frozen snack (hot pockets, etc);Frozen fruit & veggies and potato; frozen pizza; frozen meat; & frozen dessert

        I know it seems like a lot of pages to use but its much easier to access like items instead of flipping through several pages of frozen foods to when its usually split up in different isles.

        PS I use photo inserts for a album to organize, they are bigger so the longer wider coupons fit, they are studdier so you can fit 10 of each coupon on each side without it splitting or ripping your coupons, and I got them at a thrift shop 28 pages of 4 for $2!

  • Kristin

    Hi Cindy,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the videos, they are very helpful! And you do a great job, keep up the good work!
    Kristin

  • Tiara

    I looked on the store websites and noticed there were no baseball card holders.

    • Anonymous

      Walmart usually has them near the registers :)

  • Heather

    Can you use the coupons at any store unless noted specifically for a certain store. I shop at Wal-Mart A LOT. . .so I wasn’t sure if they were only for certain stores. I am compelely new to couponing, so I trying to figure this thing out and find what will work best for me and my family. Thanks!!

  • Felica

    Hi there – I realize this is an old post, but I’m new to the site and just saw this. What type of “booklets” are you using for your store cards, catalinas, etc.? They look similar to small photo books, but I’ve been looking for something similar to that myself, and this was the first time I’ve seen a website that also uses them in conjunction with their binder! Great minds LOL.

  • http://themeanviolets.tumblr.com Lindsey

    I found my baseball card inserts at Walmart in the binders aisle. Good to know they have them at Big Lots and Target for good prices. I went to K-mart and 2 packs of 10 were 14 dollars! I left and went to Walmart it was much better price. We need coupons for inserts haha.

    As for a binder I have found that for 10 dollars and some change the Soft Binder at Walmart with several pockets inside (I can even fit my Macbook, cell phone, and wallet in there) is a great choice. I’m a beginner and just spent the entire evening last night sorting and clipping. I’m so excited!

    Happy Clipping!

  • Ellie

    i think the fact that you take time out to contribute is brilliant! and i think it’s cute that you told people “be nice :D”

    i’m not blowing smoke up your bum but, i think you look fabulous.. nevermind 15lbs. (well, it’s only in YOUR head if that’s a goal that’ll make you happy that you’ve achieved. if it’s happiness you’re pursuing, then go for it!)

    thank you so so much. i’m director of my first household/kitchen/diy design space w/ my fiancé and he’s just as excited to $ave as much as me. it’ll be a game (plus, we’re giddy ourselves to see how much common.sense+planning pays off for us in order to save for our first fixer’upper :)

    we shall rent no more.
    thanx again, love!
    CHEER$

    ps: i do think it’s great that your site is a conservative approach to “extreme couponing” (as my groom.to.be and i enjoy living life a lit’l too much that neither he nor i would ever take “couponing” on as a second.job.. or OCD to the “extreme” that we don’t live. it’s a brilliantly balanced site/lifestyle you’re encouraging! especially the “giving back” intentions. so easy to give+take ;)

  • Roy

    To double your storage space in your binder for coupons, I suggest you cut a piece of “colorful paper” the size of your baseball card slots/pockets. Place the paper in each of the pockets and then put coupons on both sides of the colored paper in the same pocket. You will be able to see the different coupons from both sides as you flip the pages. It is a little difficult getting the coupons out of the “back” portion of the pocket, but with persistence it becomes easy. Hope this helps.

  • Megan Kearney

    how do you know before you leave the house if an item is going to get you money back?

  • Jodi

    I’ve been to a few couponing sites to see how they organize their coupons & This is so far the best one that I’ve seen. I like the divider tabs & how you’ve labeled them. I’m going to do it the same way. I like how you use the baseball card dividers although I don’t like folding my coupons so I bought the “currency transparent dividers” They’re longer which will fit the bigger coupons. Thank you so much for your help!

  • bstevens

    I love your videos. I now organize my coupons like you do. It is so much fun. I hardly ever go without my book to the store, unless it is a spur of the moment trip, and i always use coupons for what I am getting.

    I thought I wouldn’t need a huge binder to start with but I have realized in about a month time I need a much bigger book. So I will be getting one for my self as a early Christmas gift..

    And next Sunday I will be holding a class on how to coupon, clip, organize, and how to find the best deals. All thanks to you…I learned from watching you and now i get to share it with my family and friends. Thank You SOOO Much!!!

  • Leah

    As far as printable coupons go…do you go through and print everything you think you will like just in case they become unavailable? Or do you wait until there is a good deal on something and just print it as needed?

    • DianeG

      Leah, Don’t wait until there is a good deal, they will be gone! My rule of thumb is to print any coupon that is a regular item I buy, ones that I know are high value and I might buy, ones that come out and on a regular cycle – every so many weeks, and of course ones that match up with e-coupons that are out. Generally, printables that are on linked to Facebook are gone in a flash, manufacturers that don’t put out coupons on a regular basis go pretty quickly too. Everyone does it a little differently. When I started, I printed much more and threw them out, once I figured out the local cycles of sales and coupons vs my usage, I printed a lot less. – ‘hope that helps -

      • http://livingrichwithcoupons.com/ Cindy Livesey

        Spoken like a pro! Only thing I would had to that great list of tips is if the coupon is for a new product. Usually there are deals for new products that will get these products for FREE or super cheap as they want to get them into your home.

  • Sheana

    So I have a small question about the coupons, I am new to this. So can multiple coupons be used for the same product?

    • Rocky

      Not multiple manufacturer’s coupons (only one per item, always), but, you can use one manufacturer’s coupon and one ‘store’ (like ShopRite) coupon together, for one item, if there happens to be a store coupon for that particular product.

  • Tiffany H

    I am totally new… You said “makes you money” man I have a lot to learn!

  • Christine Morris

    I loved the videos. You are very funny, clear, concise, and plain adorable. Thanks for your help.

  • Cheryl

    I don’t understand the date filing and how you know to go back to that date when a sale starts. How do you know to go back to a specific date? Could someone please further explain that to me?

  • Michael

    Thank you for these videos, they were great! Not sure where you are from, but your accent makes me miss NJ (now that I am in NC). Just started couponing a couple weeks ago and it’s a total high for me. Was at Harris Teeter and got 3 tubes of tooth paste and 2 bottles of Pantene shampoo for $0.22! Couldn’t be happier.

    Thanks again!

  • T

    Where I’d the video










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