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Organizing Your Coupons


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So now you have all these coupons lying around collecting dust, what do you do with them? What is the best way to organize them so that you can find them when you need them.  It happens to all of us – you can’t find the coupon you need and then when you do find it, it’s expired! This is why you need some sort of system put together to organize your coupons.

I wish I could tell you there was one perfect way to organize your coupons but everyone does it their own way for what works for them. So it doesn’t matter if you pick up one of those coupon folders that looks like an accordion wallet or if you have a filing system that’s state of the art – just use something and use it without fail.

Here are a few ideas for you:

Start Small! Plastic Coupon Organizer

FLOMO - Coupon Organizer or Receipt Caddy Holder Wallet - Accordion Style (Blue)

This is great for those who only plan to coupon a little and not have tons of coupons or for newbies just starting out.

FLOMO – Coupon Organizer or Receipt Caddy Holder Wallet – Accordion Style (Blue) – $3.15 Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

Purse Size Coupon Wallet

4 Best Bargains, Inc. - Purse Size Deluxe Coupon Organizer Wallet ToCart #71

This one is great looking, comes in different designs and fits right in your wallet. Perfect to keep your coupons organized for each shopping trip.

4 Best Bargains, Inc. – Purse Size Deluxe Coupon Organizer Wallet ToCart #71 – $12.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

Great Portable Double Deluxe Purse Size Coupon Organizer Wallet

4 Best Bargains, Inc. - Double Deluxe Purse Size Coupon Organizer Wallet ToCart

This one is also purse size but fits a lot more coupons.

4 Best Bargains, Inc. – Double Deluxe Purse Size Coupon Organizer Wallet ToCart – $17.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

The done for you “Deluxe Coupon Organizer”

4 Best Bargains, Inc. - Coupon Organizer - Big Bucks Binder #59

This one has everything you need to be a coupon pro! Keep all of your coupons organized and by your side while you shop!

4 Best Bargains, Inc. – Coupon Organizer – Big Bucks Binder #59 – $45.00, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

DIY Coupon Binder

Case It - 2-Inch Ring Zipper Binder, Blue, D-251-BLU

Don’t want to get the Deluxe Organizer just yet? Grab a binder like this one and add plastic inserts to make your own!

Case It – 2-Inch Ring Zipper Binder, Blue, D-251-BLU – $17.16, Available at Amazon.com

 

Coupon Binder Pages that can be added to your binder:

Activa Healthcare - Coupon Binder Pages - Starter 20 Page Assortment + Bonus Sleeve

 

Hobbymaster - Coupon Binder Pages - Starter 20 Page Assortment + Bonus Sleeve

Hobbymaster – Coupon Binder Pages – Starter 20 Page Assortment + Bonus Sleeve – $9.94, Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

 

 

 

You don’t have to be the Martha Stewart of coupon organization, but you do have to have a system. Create one that suits your method of shopping. So use what works for you!

Have a different idea you want to share? Feel free to comment on this post and share!

 
 

Checkout the Complete Couponing Series:

1. Using Coupons to Save Money

2. Where to Find Coupons 

3. How to Read Your Coupons

 

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Reading your Coupons

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The first thing you want to do before you start using your coupons, is to read them carefully! There are three things you will need to look out for when reading your coupons.

• Expiration Date
• Specific Item the coupon is for
• Number of Items you need to buy in order to use that coupon

The expiration date will usually be right at the top of the coupon, be sure to check month, date and year!

Coupon Expiration

Check the coupon and see how many of that particular product you need to buy, in the example above, you need to buy THREE any size/variety Refrigerated Pillsbury Grands Biscuits.

reading a coupon
The other thing you want to look at is the part with the fine print, usually starts with the word “Consumer.” Look for Limits per purchase and # of “Like Coupons” per purchase, household etc. Per Purchase means per item, so on this coupon you can use 4 of these coupons assuming you are buying 4 of the items the coupon is for.

Coupon Limit

Each store has its own coupon policy as well so it may vary on how many coupons you can use.

 

Checkout the Complete Couponing Series:

1. Using Coupons to Save Money

2. Where to Find Coupons 

3. How to Read Your Coupons

4. How to Organize Your Coupons

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Where to Find Coupons #Coupons

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In order to start couponing, you will have to know where to find your coupons. Where are they? Let’s cover some of the most popular places to find coupons.

Newspapers

Newspapers are the first stop when you want to look for coupons. Even beginner couponers know that the Sunday paper offers a nice insert filled with various coupons. In your Sunday paper you will usually see the Smart Source coupon insert appear on a weekly basis (with some holiday exceptions). The Procter and Gamble (P&G) insert appears at the start of each month, this one is very valuable! Some areas also have the RedPlum in the Sunday Paper or in areas like where I live it comes with the mail weekly.

Smart Source & RedPlum are not only an insert for newspapers but can also be found online as well at Redplum.com and Smartsource.com.

Want to know what coupons will be in the Sunday paper before you buy it? Just go to www.sundaycouponpreview.com and you can even see the year’s inserts that are scheduled to be included.

Getting Coupons Online

As a couponer who is just starting out, you might think that newspaper coupon inserts are the main way of getting coupons. While they do give you plenty of savings, you have to search other places, too. Online printable coupons are one huge way to save and are becoming more and more popular.

You can look to sites like coupons.com, redplum, smartsource.com, eatbetteramerica.com and commonkindess.com for loads of printable coupons. You can even print coupons right from coupon blogs like Esavingsblog.com which feature a Coupon Center! Don’t see a Coupon you want? Check the Coupon Database! Just type in the name or brand name and it will display where you can find a coupon. For example: Need bread? Type in “bread” and see the results come up of where to get coupons for bread.

Coupon Database

Go Straight to the Manufacturer

Besides newspaper, magazine and online coupons, you can go straight to the source – the companies that make the products that you like to use. Why do manufacturers like giving coupons to customers? A customer who saves money is happy and a happy customer becomes a loyal customer. Usually all you have to do to tap into this source is find the company online and sign up for their mailing list or newsletters. Some manufacturers have social media pages, too so be sure to check those out for coupons and deals.

eCoupons & Coupon Apps

eCoupons are not the same as the coupons you clip. You never actually even touch them. These sites link whatever coupons you pick out to the store’s shopping card that you use.

For example, if you look at www.savingstar.com, then you’ll see that you can pick out savings on the site. You’ll also see there are no coupons to clip. It’s very eco-friendly, too.

How it works is that when you finish shopping (and this can be used for drugstores, too), you check out with the items you picked the coupons for. You won’t see any minus symbols on your register receipt – and for those who are used to using print coupons, this can be a bit of an adjustment at first. But what happens is that while you don’t get the money discounted right then, it does come back to you – but as money sent straight to your bank or Paypal account. It’s a pretty neat way to watch your money come back to you!

Other coupon apps I love are BerryCart, IBotta and Snap by Groupon.

Checkout the Complete Couponing Series:

1. Using Coupons to Save Money

2. Where to Find Coupons 

3. How to Read Your Coupons

4. How to Organize Your Coupons

 

 

 

 

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Couponing Series: Using Coupons to Save Money!

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The Couponing Series: Using Coupons to Save Money 

 

Coupons are becoming increasingly popular. We are in hard times and many people are struggling just to get by with the basics and really trying to learn how to stretch their hard earned dollars. What if I told you that you could get most of your basic items for half price or even pennies on the dollar by using coupons? Would you follow the steps to do it? Coupons are like cash! If you use them correctly and at the right time you can definitely get huge discounts! If you take the time to learn the couponing ropes, you will be well off. I will even share with you some easy ways to get coupons on the go for those of you who “don’t have time to coupon”. Using coupons to save money is easy just keep reading.

Most people only dabble in coupon usage. They might check out the circulars in their Sunday paper, clip one or two items that look good, and probably forget to use them when they’re at the checkout stand.

Couponing is a well-planned method of shopping and saving, so in this Couponing Series I am going to show you how to use coupons to save money and achieve great financial results from your efforts. It can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it, each trip to the grocery store becoming somewhat of a challenge you engage in and you will never want to pay full price again. It also gets easier the more you do it.

It’s worth the effort to take time clipping coupons because the money you’ll save will be money you can spend in other ways for yourself or for your family. I will even show you the “lazy guide to couponing” so when you’re busy you can still save money. So take the time to go through the series and even if you apply a third of what you learned you will be saving money so there is really nothing to lose!

Why Coupon?

This is really a very easy answer! Why not? Coupons are like cash. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to use coupons. I know a lot of people who are embarrassed to use coupons and I do not understand why. Do not be, using coupons actually makes you a smart shopper. Many times over I have had a cashier congratulate me on my transaction; they were so amazed that I was able to get so many things for such a small amount of money. Other people just do not use coupons because they don’t know how or they tried and got overwhelmed. Don’t get overwhelmed, once you learn how to use coupons properly, that overwhelming feeling will go away.

Checkout the Complete Couponing Series:

1. Using Coupons to Save Money

2. Where to Find Coupons 

3. How to Read Your Coupons

4. How to Organize Your Coupons

 

 

 

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Sign up for FREE Recipes and Coupons from Pillsbury!

Sign up for our FREE email for the best of Pillsbury! Get exclusive coupons (up to $250 per year in savings), access to free samples (quantities limited – one per member),  hot recipes, and more. I love signing up for newsletters and getting coupons emailed right to my inbox! Bombarded with emails? Create an email account specifically for these types of newsletters and for other coupon and money saving emails. Makes organizing your emails that much easier and you will not be overwhelmed!

 

What are some of your favorite newsletters?

 

 

 

 

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Broken Cell Phone?

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Do you have a broken cell phone? We all dread that moment when we damage our phone and need to buy a new one! Phones are extremely expensive, especially when trying to purchase them from our phone carrier! Before buying a new one first make sure its not repairable.

Did you get it wet? Here are some great tips to help increase your phone’s survival rate, but if that doesn’t work and you cannot get it repaired anywhere (some places will repair your screen for very inexpensive so check around in your area first), then you can check out GazelleGazelle has ‘like new’ devices at an affordable price. All of their phones are put through an industry-leading 30-point inspection to make sure that all features are fully functional and they also offer you the peace of mind of a 30-day risk-free return period, all with no contracts or strings attached. So if your device decides to take a bath or jumps out of your hand onto the concrete then make sure to check out Gazelle for your replacement before going to your carrier.

Do you have any other tips you would like to share with my readers on repairing or getting discounts on new/used phones? Feel free to comment on this post and share.

 

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Mixed Berry Coconut Water Smoothie!

Mixed Berry Smoothie

 

Mixed Berry Coconut Water Smoothie

By Maryanne Cabrera, The Chic Site

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 cubes frozen plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen blackberries

Instructions
Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Mix and match your favorite fruits to create your personal smoothies. Take about 1 1/4 – 1 1/3 cup of your fruits of choice, add 2 cubes of frozen yogurt and top it with 1 cup of your liquid of choice (apple juice, coconut water, orange juice, etc).
Maryanne’s Chic Tip: Get large quantities of your favorite fruits and make a month’s worth of frozen smoothie packs. Add the fruits and yogurt in individual freezer bags. When you are ready for a smoothie, simply add your liquid of choice.

I am definitely going to be trying this recipe in all kinds of combinations! Thanks Maryanne & The Chic Site! What are some of your favorite recipes? How to you make them? Use a blender? Which one?

 

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SavingStar Friday Freebie!

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SavingStar is the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free online and on iPhone and Android mobile apps! I have it on my phone and its easy to add deals to my shopping list even when I am at the store! Love how easy it is to use.

Want to learn more about SavingStar? Check out the video below.

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