- the process to build a weekly menu based on sale prices/coupons
- my buy-price list (knowing how much to pay for item(s) and paying no more)
As a general rule, I print off a lot of the coupons I use. Facebook and Coupons.com are two of my main sources. If you are really into a product or company, go to their website or check to see if they have a Facebook page. ‘Like’ them or get on their emailing list for notifications of when they have coupons!
At first I was printing a LOT more coupons than I actually used. After a few months I was able to know what coupons I probably would use and what coupons would stay stuffed in my binder (likely those coupons for a product I have not tried).
I bought a small accordion file to place all my printable coupons in. It even has a zippered pouch on the very front that I can store my grocery money in!
Here you can see a close up of what categories I have to file my coupons under:
I LOVE fresh produce, but there are not many coupons for that category so I just file them right in front when I have them.
For the coupon inserts, I leave them whole and don’t cut coupons out of them until I know for sure I’m going to use them and for what store. Then I place them in the front portion of my Grocery coupon binder above.
Here is where I store my coupon inserts ( I was so lucky to find it at a garage sale!! ) :
I have 6 different inside big pockets I can place the coupon inserts in. Then, if I ever cut any out and end up not using them, I place them in the small, enclosed pocket.
If you are looking for some more ideas on organizing and using coupons, here are some resources I would suggest looking at! Or just stayed tuned for next week’s post on Semi-Extreme Couponing 101: Creating a List.
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