Works for Me: Coupon Organization
- Health & Beauty Aids
- Teeth & Shaving (a separate category because there are so many of these coupons)
- Household supplies (cleaning items)
- Laundry & Soap
- Paper & Plastic (ziploc bags, toilet paper, paper towel, Kleenex)
- Cereal & Snacks
- Dry goods
- Refrigerated & Dairy products
- Frozen products
- Canned goods
I only save the coupons for items that I normally buy. If the coupon is for a different brand than my usual item, I save it in case the product goes on sale and I can get it really cheap. Coupons for products that I wouldn't consider using, or that I have no use for (like diapers) I send to a lady who gets them to overseas military families. The military families can use coupons overseas for up to three months after their expiration dates. Go here for more information. Sometimes I put a listing on Craigslist for an envelope of coupons to the first person who comes and picks it up. Someone else can usually use the coupons I don't want to use.
Also in my binder is a page protector for my Walgreens ad, Easy Saver catalog, and Walgreens Register Rewards & coupons. In the back of my binder is another page protector for dining coupons and non grocery related coupons (like Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Michaels). I also have a sleeve for rebate offers. I make a copy of the rebate and receipt before I mail it in so that I have a copy for my records.
When I am going to the grocery store I make my list and pull out all applicable coupons and put them in an envelope. I carry my binder into the store, in case I find items on sale or decide to pick up something for which I have a coupon.