Help! My Coupons are Taking Over My Life!!!

Posted on October 11th, 2011 by Coupon Cathy

Are your coupons an amazing mess?

You are not alone.
A lot of new couponers find themselves very overwhelmed when they try to be like the veterans. Then they find themselves knee deep in 10 Sunday papers and all their inserts sitting in their living room screaming to be organized.

I call this coupon overload.
It has happened to us all.

Here are a few tips to help you get your pile organized.

The first step is to get all those coupons clipped. People do this in a variety of ways. Personally, I think it’s easiest to lay all of the same pages together and cut them at the same time. Make sure you don’t do too many or you will mess up cutting some.

One they are cut, now we have to get them organized.

Most people use one of three systems.
1. A wallet type folder with little pockets and that generally has categories.

I usually tell people to start with this that are just getting into couponing. It’s quick once those coupons are cut and mostly when I started  would just put them in general categories like food, toiletries, clothes etc.

2. Another type of organizing tool is the large accordion box.

When I was using this system, I would clip my coupons and put them into baggies according to the kind and date. For example, if it were Red Plum, I would write RP 10/2 on the baggie. Then I would put them into my labeled folder in the box. I liked this method because so many websites when showing you match ups tell you where the coupon was and the date it was in there. This is not a good way to organize if you like to go to the store and find deals on your own though.

3. And finally, you’ve probably seen people in the store with huge binders and wondered what they were doing.

I call this extreme organization and it’s awesome! People will simply cut all of their coupons out and organized them in their baseball card binders. Most use these type because they can see what the coupons are as they flip through it. People will also organize a few different ways. Some will do it by category, but a lot of women that I have spoken to will do it by isles in their local stores. I think it’s important to find what works for you.

How do you organize your coupons? Are they out of control?


  1. jackie October 11, 2011

    love the tips, i use a binder and wouldn’t shop without it!

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