Couponing 101: Which Method of Coupon Organization Works Best?

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Once you start using coupons you realize that you need 2 things. 

1- you need a place to store them & and
2 – a method how to organize them.

There are several ways to organize coupons. The best way to organize them is the way that is efficient and less time consuming for you.  How do you find what works for you?
You can try out different methods, and by trial and error, find one you like.  Alternatively, you can try this:

First,  pick up a random coupon.  What is the first thing that comes to your mind? 

 Is it a picture of the product,  the brand, the value of the coupon? a  word comes to mind? 

What you see first is a trigger for remembering the coupon. Organize your coupons based on this trigger to make it simple and easy to find.

Methods for Filing

Category – best to use if you look at the picture in the coupon. 

Brand – best to use if you look for words in a coupon.

Date – best for those who prefer to clip coupons when needed.  Also known as the clipless method.

Store – best for people who shop in several places and create a shopping list for each. 

For example, I picked up a coupon of Barilla pasta.  What I found myself doing first,  was looking at the brand.   Sometimes I look at a picture of the product and I can’t tell what it is. For for me,  a trigger is the brand.  So,  I file my coupons by brand. 

Hopefully this article helps you identify a style of coupon organization that will help you save time and be more efficient.

Happy Savings,
TaLis

 

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