Thanks to Crista, I'm slowly getting the hang of this couponing thing. I don't plan to ever be on any of those crazy Coupon Queen shows or anything like that but if I can free up a few bucks from our food budget and establish a basic level of preparedness in the process, I'm good with that.
One of the things I've been working on this week, as I slowly build my coupon stash, is a coupon binder. I love binders and I love being organized. Letting me loose in an office-supply store is a dangerous thing. In the past, my coupons were in one of those coupon wallets and, while it was organized to a certain extent, it didn't quite work for me. Then I saw someone with a coupon binder and THAT made sense to me! The woman I saw had a zippered binder with sections for things like dairy, meat, canned foods, dry goods, toiletries/household items, produce, frozen foods, etc. And she used baseball card holders/inserts to hold her coupons. INGENIOUS! So I've been scoping out Target and Wal-Mart and the PX for them and then found a sale on Amazon with a price I couldn't beat. Add to it free shipping (yay Amazon Prime!) and it was a go! The sale is over but the card holder/pages I bought came today:
I can't wait to sit down later today and get everything organized. I just need to print up labels for my dividers. I'm not particularly crafty so my dividers are just that - nothing fancy or scrapbook-y about them. But they ARE in rainbow order so that soothes my OCD soul. I'll post a picture of this thing when I'm done with it. I don't want it to be massive - the woman whose binder I scoped out had a massive one. I don't want to have to put it in a backpack so I can carry it. I just want something that holds my small stash of coupons.
What other tricks do you have for staying organized when it comes to your coupons? How do you track what items you're planning to buy at the store when you go?