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How to organize your grocery coupons

Multi-colored folders

Organization is key to becoming a successful couponer. You will find there are several methods to organizing your grocery coupons. My personal favorite is the binder method.
Binder method is great if you are a more extreme couponer.
With the binder method, you can organize your coupons in several different ways. One way is alphabetical. Another way is by category, this is  my personal favorite. It does takes more time to get setup using the binder method,  however it takes less time when you are shopping, and your coupons are easier to find. Each week you will spend a few hours clipping and organizing your coupons in your binder. Basically you will label your pages with categories, and then place your coupons in the correct slot. Shopping is so much easier when you can flip to the category and locate your coupon quickly. I keep my scissors, grocery list, pen and calculator in the side pocket of my binder. If you are not into clipping your coupons, you purchase a file box, with accordion style files, and place your weekly coupon inserts inside. You can organize the inserts by date. Then when you find the coupons you need, clip it and use it. This is handy if you do not wish to cut your coupons till you actually need them in the store, but it does take more time in the store.
If you prefer something smaller, a small recipe box or binder with 8-10 slots will work. You can start with the basic categories, such as
Frozen Food, Health/Beauty products, Meat, Paper Goods, Household, Pets, Canned goods, Snacks, Dairy, produce, beverages, condiments, Laundry/cleaning, you can design the categories that work for your shopping needs.
I hope these tips will help you get organized so you can feel prepared for your next shopping trip.

Sunday newspaper

Where to Find Coupons?

Where to Find Coupons
There are many places to find grocery coupons, some of them are even free! I will list the most popular places to find coupons.
Inside most Sunday Papers are Coupon Inserts, like Smart Source (SS) Proctor and Gamble (PG) or Red Plum (RP) which are full of grocery coupons. You can order Sunday papers to be delivered to you or you can purchase them at most grocery stores, dollar stores, & convenient stores. You can also ask friends, neighbors or family to save their Sunday paper coupons for you. You can also visit local businesses and ask them to save them for you or go to your local recycling centers and locate more copies there. If you want to build a larger stock pile, I suggest you get multiple copies of the paper, so you can stock up on multiples coupon deals when you locate them.

Printable Coupons can be found many places like PPgazette
Most printable websites require to you sign up by email, it’s free and then you need to log in to print your coupons. Usually you will download the printer software so you can print the coupons from the site.
Many printable coupon websites will allow you to print a coupon twice per computer before it is no longer available. Some only allow 1 print. Here are a few other places to find printable coupons.

Coupons.com Great source for printable grocery coupons
Smartsource.com  Great source for printable grocery coupons
CouponNetwork.com Great source for printable grocery coupons
Redplum.com Great source for printable grocery coupons

Bettycrocker.com Great source for printable manufacturer’s coupons for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and other products
Pillsbury.com  Great source for printable manufacturer’s coupons for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and other products

Manufacturer Toll free number, many manufacturers will send you free coupons if you just ask, or email them direct. Let them know you would love to try their product and would enjoy a coupon to try it, or that you would like a free sample, you would be surprised what they will send if you just ask.

Magazines sometimes have coupons located inside, All You, Better Homes and Gardens and Good housekeeping are all known for having lots of manufacture coupons inside.
Blinkies are manufacturer coupons you find at the grocery store isle in the little machines that have the red blinking lights.
Catalina Coupons are often referred to as “register coupons” and are usually given with your receipts; they can really help you save on future purchases.
Peelies are coupons that are found on the product itself, be sure to remove yours at the checkout and give it to the cashier so you can get your savings on your purchase.
Grocery Store websites may offer printable or downloadable coupons or e-coupons that can be electronically downloaded to your loyalty or store card.
In-store coupons and rebates: Many stores have coupons right in their stores, look for kiosk or rebates next to products.

Coupon Swaps are local groups who get together to swap coupons and talk about the latest savings and store deals. Find a group locally through your Church or moms club, or start your own with some friends!

Bulk pasta

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to save money on items you use often. Stocking up on non-perishable goods when you can will help you avoid paying a premium for your groceries. You need to look at the price per unit and buy at the lowest price possible. I normally stay away from perishable goods in bulk unless you are planning to use them right away, within a few days normally or freeze them. I purchased tomatoes at our local farmers market at over 75 % off the normal price because they had a few flaws. Once I arrived home, I processed them and put them in bags in the freezer, that way they are available when I need them and I purchased them at a great price. Stay away from items you have not used before, go with the items you know you will use, like toilet paper, cleaning products, dry goods, pasta and canned items to name a few.

Pretty brunette student withdrawing cash at an ATM

Watch out for ATM Fees

ATM fees are something we all have to deal with from time to time. If you find yourself out of town or not near your bank, you could possibly avoid ATM fees by using your debit card at a grocery store instead. I usually buy something small I can use, like a pack of gum, then you can get $50 to $100 cash back with your purchase. Typically if you use an ATM that is not part of your bank, the fee can range from $1.50 to $3.00. This little amount can really add up if you travel or use ATM’s often.