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Coupon organization 101

Posted March 24, 2011

WRAL's Smart Shopper Faye Prosser stopped the studios today to share some tips on organizing your coupons.

In the video below, Faye explains the "clip" vs. the "non-clip" methods, the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of organizers, and time management.

For more information on coupon organizer inserts, visit her website at SmartSpendingResources.com.

Coupon organization 101 Faye talks coupon organization


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  • Oxymoron02 Mar 26, 2011

    Coupon Nazi, FTW!

    I love seeing guys with coupon binders in the store.

  • Nancy Mar 25, 2011

    risteveh - awesome! And I love, love, (did I mention love?) that men are getting into the game too! It makes me smile to see men in the stores with coupons :) We call you Coupon Kings as opposed to the Coupon Queen moniker given to we women ;)

  • risteveh Mar 25, 2011

    I love the binder method, my wife calls me the coupon Nazi, I will leave the house with our binder and a $20 bill and it is rare that I don't return with at least $100 worth of grocery's.

    Last year I saved over $5500 and so far this year I have saved a little over $2100. Fay has made it so simple that you have to be crazy to pay full price at the grocery store.

  • happy2.0 Mar 25, 2011

    I want to find a binder that has something on the back that will keep it from slip sliding around in my basket. I need to work on this. Maybe I could bungi cord it or something but it's very frustrating. Any ideas?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 24, 2011

    Mine has 3" rings which seems to be just the right size for the amount of coupons, sales ads, calculator, etc that I stuff into it.

  • Oxymoron02 Mar 24, 2011

    I do a hybrid clip/no-clip. I go through the inserts and clip a few choice Qs, stuff we use everyday that I'm always scouting for a good deal on, and then file them.

    I have a Case-it zippered double binder, and that bad-boy, at only a few weeks old, is too small.

    I looked for one like you have at Staples, but the biggest they had in single binders was 2 inches. I had been using an old 4 inch binder left over from one of the kids, an upgrade from a 1.5 inch kid left over I started with, and in no reasonable reality was I fitting my Qs in a 2 inch binder.

    I love my binder, just wish it were bigger. :D

  • momboozer Mar 24, 2011

    emtpcrafter - That is not being cheap, that is called being at the right place at the right time. I love getting deals at GW.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 24, 2011

    GREAT binder price, emtpcrafter!

  • emtpcrafter Mar 24, 2011

    I got my binder at Goodwill, just goes to show how cheap i am. and it was new with tags and only a dolla! I would love to have had a pink one tho.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 24, 2011

    Prisskat - I bought my binder at Staples. It's a Case-it binder and I used my Staples rewards from recycling ink cartridges to pay for it! :-) And I remember the Trapper Keeper days as well - loved those things.

    Carol - I love the pink binder! Mine is getting pretty worn in places so it's time to save up those Staples rewards for a new one soon. I'll be looking for pink and we can match!

    momboozer - I didn't chuck the box because it's a nice box I use for storing pictures and I didn't want to damage it! LOL Actually, for the clipping and filing part, it only takes me about an hour a week. It's the coupon printing, deal searching, meal planning, etc that adds a little more time for me. But totally worth it if I can take advantage of all those in-store unadvertised deals!