THANKS to www.yesIhaveacoupon.blogspot.com she was able to show me her "coupon book." I went out that evening and purchased a few item, yes of course they were on sale, and created my own "Coupon Book"
Basically I purchased a 3 ring binder ( pink and black, whoo hoo) that zips all the way around. This makes it easy for me not to lose any coupons. As you know, some are like gold. I purchased the baseball card protectors. I have my binder designed for like groceries, frozen foods, dairy, pet, produce, cleaning... etc.... I designed it to match the isles of my favorite store. Coming from a small town we only have a few grocery chains available so it made this easier for me to be able to flip the pages as I walk the isles. Most stores are all set up the same so if I am traveling I can find that product easily. I clip my coupons and keep them in the binder under that specific tab.
Next I purchased just the regular sheet protectors. I did this because some of the "store specific" coupons expire faster then the regular coupons. Competitor coupons are usually only good for a few weeks if not sooner. I figured if I printed those coupons, which you need to do because they go quickly, then I could keep those in my binder and just glace through them when I am creating my grocery list. I also can store the enitre sheets as shown below for easier STORE COUPONS.
Then I purchased the see through folders. This allowed me to be able to keep some of the more monthly coupon flyer'like the Proctor and Gamble that only comes out once a month. I found it was easier to be able to grab the ones I needed and once they are expired I wasn't going through my entire book to pull out the ones that needed to be discarded. This also gave me some space to just pocket some of the coupons I don't really use but may occasionally pass along to others. Sometimes those "unique items" would go on sale and I would grab those coupons if I needed them. Good also for the CANDY section of my binder for when the kids go with me shopping.
There you have it.... My Coupon Book.
As I earlier mentioned. This creative way of filing my coupons is the easiest for me. Couponing and how your organize it is your way of doing things. Everyone has a different way. What's best is how you design it. This book allows me to be able to take my coupons shopping. I find allot of times different stores have different things on sale. I hate getting to the store and finding a really good bargain and not having my coupons with me. This helps me to save money in the long run.
I average 1 trip a week to my local grocery store. If I see there is a really good bargain or something was forgotten then I will have to make a special trip. No need to be traveling back and forth for sales missed!!! :)
Happy Couponing and Hope this helps with ARE YOU ORGANIZED?