Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Latest Organization Strategy...Ready to Roll!
As I am sure you all know, the hardest part of being a coupon queen is staying organized. If you fall behind, let's face it, it's all over!
I have made the usual progression from a tiny purse-sized filing system, to a small binder, then to a large binder. I eventually started leaving my inserts in tact and clipped as needed. That made for a very efficient Sunday morning routine, but what about the internet coupons? Then the ones I clipped but didn't use for one reason or another started piling up too.
For a couple of months now I have been utilizing a combo method of filing inserts and organizing clipped and internet printed coupons in a binder. I will admit, I was not maintaining my binder, and had a huge box of coupons just waiting to be organized.
My new plan is inserts in tact in my amazing thirty-one bag, complete with a hanging file holder thanks to Angela Norton, consultant for thirty-one. The second part of my system is filing all other coupons by category. When you organize in a binder, you have to clip internet printed coupons completely so they fit in the plastic sleeves...I hate that. This way, I can chop across the page paying no attention to how pretty or precise of a job I do, and slide the coupons in the appropriate category. In-store organization will be much better too, because when I find a peelie or tear pad, I can file it right away. When I don't use a coupon, I can also place it right where it belongs.
Now you will know how to spot me in the stores...happy hunting!