WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Share your deals & questions 8/23

Posted August 23

Mini savings account

Found a deal today? Here's the place to share it.

Have a question that doesn't fit into any of the other threads? Here's the place to ask it.

I hope you have a fabulously frugal day! As I always say, it's your money, spend it wisely!



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  • Garfyismylove Aug 24, 4:21 p.m.

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    it is frustrating :) this will be my second SD and there is so much to learn.. I don't shop at HT so I need to get familiar with the store itself, isles etc.. im planing to go all three days. Thought of getting first things that disappear first such as tide, gain pods etc... so this time I have another envelope with the things I want the most.. I like the idea below to mark coupons in the ziplock by isles to avoid making hundred circles around like what I did last time :)

  • vlynn Aug 23, 9:56 p.m.

    GARFYISMYLOVE re organizing coupons. It's always a trade off between where you spend your time: you can spend time before you shop getting everything sorted in a binder or at the grocery store flipping through piles of coupons trying to find the one you need for the deal you just saw! I have adhd and it's very difficult for me to keep my coupons in any order beyond 2 envelopes: food and non-food! The more detailed you are, the quicker you can find a coupon in the store, unfortunately, I'm not that detailed! I'm always hunting for a coupon at the store that I can't find, so I skip the deal, then find it when I get home in the envelope I searched so frantically in the store! It's so irritating! I envy the people strolling through the store with their organized binders, flipping to the section, pulling the coupons, etc. The impossible dream for me! I just struggle along, leaving a trail of coupons and deals behind!

  • Momoffi Aug 23, 8:26 p.m.

    Busels2 - I have a poly organizer with 13 pockets and blank labels included. Snap closure. I got it from Staples years ago. I recently saw a similar one at Walmart with loop closure for around $2-$3. Hope that helps.

  • busels2 Aug 23, 7:53 p.m.

    Momoffi: I have always used the small accordion coupon organizer. Mine is a cardboard/paper combination with 12 pre-labeled pockets. Mine is getting shot and I can't find this type any more. What kind do you have and where did you find it? Thanks.

  • Momoffi Aug 23, 5:25 p.m.

    I use a small accordion style coupon file and only clip coupons that I think I would use. And keep the rest of the inserts (dated) in a file folder. Then I would pick out the ones that I would use in a shopping trip and put it together with my list, so I have them ready at the store (no digging coupons in my file).

  • Garfyismylove Aug 23, 4:47 p.m.

    I thank you all so much! :) I feel now much better!

  • ascherer Aug 23, 4:03 p.m.

    Believe or not, I use paperclips and envelopes. I use different envelopes for food, meat, household cleaners, paper products and pets. Then I paperclip categories like canned goods, dry foods, pasta & sauces, dairy, etc. Within each paperclip, I sort by date so the ones that expire the soonest are on top. I then put all the envelopes in a larger one with my shopping list on a post it on the envelope so I don't forget anything.

  • KIDDZA Aug 23, 3:31 p.m.

    I have my coupons cut & organized in. A ziplock storage bag according to the aisles @ Harris Teeter.
    I separate food, taxable, pet food , & makeup in four bags.
    My basic store is Harris teeter so why not make my organization accordingly. Also, if I get behind on clipping, I try to remember to date the flyers for easy access. Favado is my friend. 😎

  • Dr D Aug 23, 2:35 p.m.

    GARFYISMYLOVE - I hear you! I really like my binder, when it's organized. But for the past year or so, honestly, it's only on holiday weekends when there are no inserts in the newspaper that I get caught up and everything is neatly stored in the binder. Life just gets too busy sometimes. Lately I've compromised by using 3-4 envelopes containing coupons sorted in the same order (categories) I would file them in my binder. It's not my optimal organization, but at least it's more functional than an unsorted stack.

    There are some who prefer to forgo a binder, and one alternative is to store whole uncut inserts in file folders labeled by date. They then clip only the coupons they plan to use just before shopping. To me, that method isn't helpful for organizing the internet coupons printed at home, such as those from, nor for storing the clipped newspaper coupons that didn't get used because the shelf was empty.

    Hopefully others will chime in with useful tips!

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