Monday, November 16, 2009

Organizing Coupons while Shopping

This is how I used to bring my coupons to the store with me: in an envelope. I would end up having to juggle my shopping list, pen, and coupon envelope all while thumbing through the coupons one by one, trying to find the coupon that worked.

Then, heaven forbid, I had two coupons I wanted to compare between different brands, I was all thumbs and most of what I was trying to hold ended up on the supermarket floor.

I don't bring all my coupons with me to the store. I'm sure this has caused me to miss a few deals here and there that hard-core couponers could snatch up, but I just don't have the cart space or the attention to have all my coupons with AND my son AND try to keep him from pulling spaghetti sauce on the floor.

One day a lightbulb went off when I was getting my coupons ready for the store. I use the baseball card size organizers for my coupon binder, so why couldn't I just take one page with me?

So this is what I do from now on...I slide my coupon page in my shopping list notebook, and I'm all good to go. It has saved me some huge butterfinger moments, and I like that I can put my Publix Upromise card in one of the slots so I don't forget that, either. I also like that as I see coupons while I'm in the store, I can grab two from the "Blinkie" machine and slide them into the organizer, keeping them neat and not crumpled at the bottom of my purse.

As I go through my items, any coupons that I need to give to the cashier I put in one slot, then the coupons I know I won't need for that trip, I slide in another. So by the time I get to the checkout line, I have a two pockets full of coupons - one to give to the cashier, and another that stays in the organizer until I get home. It has made my grocery trips a little easier!

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  1. You go girl!!
    I tried the plastic sleeve thing once. I actually found some pictures sleeves that had bigger pockets. It worked well, but carrying a 3 ring binder around was hard.
    I like to have ALL my coupons with me in case I find a bargain I didn't know about. I've found LOTS of free stuff on clearance and such and if I hadn't had all my coupons with me, I wouldn't have been able to get them.
    So I'm back to the file box which is ok. I just stick it in my tote bags-which helps me to remember to bring them in..

    Phew.. that was a long comment.. sorry..LOL

  2. Housewife - Some of my plastic sleeves are picture size, too, so I can put the bigger coupons in there. Whenever I go to the store without my son, I bring ALL my coupons, but I totally agree - those binders are a pain!