I often get asked about organizing coupons. People seem to feel that coupons are a big part of their paper clutter, although I find that to not usually be the case in reality. When it comes to organizing coupons, simple is better.
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First of all, I don’t even recommend keeping coupons unless they are high value. A $10 coupon? Yes, keep it. It has to be at least $1 in value for me to even want it, and preferably for an item I buy All The Time! And, of course, those Bed Bath and Beyond coupons are the best. Not only are they relatively high value, usually worth at least $5, but they never expire (even though they have an expiration date on them).
True story, as I was organizing my office earlier this month, I pulled out a newspaper page from an ad that my company ran back in 2005, and it had a Bed Bath and Beyond 20% coupon on it! I clipped it and put it with my stash. They’ll take it, no fuss.
Before you ask, I am not a huge fan of online coupons. I’m just not. I do not need to spend my time one more place online to save $.50.
Anyway, you saw me profess my disdain for accordion file folders earlier this month. They are AWFUL for paper files, but GREAT for coupons. You’ve probably seen the mini-accordion folders, but I like the mid-sized ones. Just $1 in the Target Dollar Spot. They are big enough to hold my BBB coupons, and still small enough to fit in the car, either in the glove compartment or in between the front seat and the middle console. And they are convenient to carry into the story with me.
What I don’t love is that if you open them carelessly from the lid, all of your goodies fall out. You’ve been warned.
When I go through my mail, I pull coupons out and place them on my counter, and take them out to the car the next day. They are always actually with me when I’m headed into the store. And I often quickly clean out expired coupons while waiting to pick up kids or at long lights.
Are you on the path of Clutter-Free Living? Are coupons a real challenge for you? What’s your solution?