Organize your coupons.

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Yesterday, you should have discarded your expired coupons.  Today, you should organize them.  Organize them however you decide is best for you.  Maybe you use one of those divided plastic envelopes, for example.

I personally use a coupon binder.  I have a three-ring binder, and I use these three-ring coupon holders.  I also use these page protectors to hold larger sets of coupons for fast food, Restaurant.com certificates, etc.  I used Avery 5160/18160 labels to label the pages by categories:  condiments, cereals, toilet tissue, toiletries, etc.  I have an empty page at the front of the notebook so that I can transfer my coupons to it while I’m shopping and have all of my coupons ready to go when I reach check-out.

Time required:  A little less than an hour the first time I assembled my coupon binder.  Today, I spend maybe 5-10 minutes a week keeping up with my coupons.  Sometimes I save as much as $10-15 a week using my coupons; other times, I save just a buck or two a week.  (You have to determine how much time you want to spend on couponing and whether doing so is worthwhile to you.  Couponing might not be an efficient use of your time.  I am currently a stay-at-home wife and mother, so spending some time on couponing each week saves our family much-needed money.)

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