Originally Posted by Mike
Any suggestion for cheap and easy organization, so easy a caveman could do it?
First of all, I save my coupon inserts in folders like this...
Write the date of each insert on the front. The savings sites I posted before will tell you the insert (RP=Red Plum, SS=SmartSource) along with the date. You never know when you'll need something.
Let me copy and paste from my blog for how I made my coupon binder for the other types of coupons I find (internet, peelies, etc.)...
My daughter was in charge of cutting each coupon out while I made the binder. As she cut them, she organized them into categoriesÖ
Thatís a whole lotta coupons, eh? Can you imagine going through them one by one to find something in particular?
The day before we worked on this project, Chicky and I had gone to Hobby Lobby, armed with a 40% coupon, where I purchased a package of plastic baseball card pages.
I found file labels in my closet and wrote the names of different categories on themÖtwo per label (one on the left and one on the right side of each label). I used my paper cutter to cut a straight line through the middle of them.
I tried my best to alphabetize the categories, and I did a fairly decent job of it.
My original intent was to use all nine slots on each page; however, it didnít take me long to realize that many of my coupons are long, and some of my coupons would be hidden, so I had to come up with another plan.
I decided to place labels at the tops and bottoms of each page. I placed the coupons for the top labels in the middle slots. This allows me to see their category names. The bottom labels correspond with coupons placed in the bottom-most slots. The coupons cover the middle slots, but it doesnít really bother me because I can see those labels, which are at the very top of each page.
Another thing I discoveredÖyou can only use one side of these pages! Thankfully, my package came with a lot of pages, so I have plenty left over.
Hereís what it looks like when I turn a pageÖ
I added four new categories towards the end of this project, so I just stuck them on the last page. It bugs me a little that they arenít in alphabetical order, but oh well. I was not about to shift the labels and coupons.
All-in-all, this was at least a two-hour job. I just know the time will have been worth it the next time I plan a big shopping trip.