Thank you to my dear friends, Carla and Angie, who motivated me to finally do this, although I have been seeing this idea all over computer coupon land....it just seemed out of my reach, until Trey wanted to look at the baseball pictures in the front of Kmart one day, and the lightbulb went off in Mommy's head ~ "get those pages for your coupon book!!!!!!" THANK YOU, ANGIE ~ see her very informative post here.
I didn't follow Angie's organization to a tee ~ I simply organized my sections the way that I tend to walk through the local grocery store (which is typically, Giant). Luckily, I just happened to have adhesive divider labels that I bought for something else a few years ago and never used. I was able to simply stick them onto the edge of the baseball card pages without needing the bulk of dividers. The scrapbooker in me needed some color, so I used scrapbook paper scraps as my labels. I figure that if I have to drudgingly (is that a
word?) go through coupons before I shop, then I want to see color that makes me happy! :-) To be honest, I'm just happy that they are organized!!!!!! As Angie's post suggests, the "same" coupons are in the same pocket, and if expiration dates differ, the earlier date is in the front to be used first.
It has been a breeze to be shopping, see something on sale that I may not have had on my shopping list, flip to that coupon page and say, "YES! I have a great coupon for that!" If I prepare my list and coupons before I go (typically my Sunday afternoon chore), those coupons that are definitely being used are slid into the front pocket of the binder cover, so they are ready to give to the cashier. The other day I realized that while looking for a coupon, it was so easy to spot the ones that are expired, so I pulled them out and pitched them! That was my biggest pet peeve using the little coupon organizers out there...my coupons would pile up, get so mashed up together, that most of them were expired by the time I found it! Now, I'm not one to buy something just b/c I have a coupon for it, but if it is something that my family definitely likes/uses, and that item is already on sale, AND I HAVE A COUPON ~ it's usually a buy for me (especially with the gas points that Giant and other stores offer now!)
Here's to hoping that my coupon organization is solved now, and I improve in saving money for our family!