How to Setup a Coupon File (Couponing 101)

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The following is a guest post by Outside the Box Mom:

Is the Coupon File Method for Me?

The advantages of using a coupon file are that you have most of your coupons at your disposal, can take advantage of unadvertised deals, and you can carry more than one (or purchase a larger one) for more storage. The disadvantages of using a coupon file are the time required to clip and file all coupons, and the time required to remove all expired coupons.

The first way I used to organize my coupons was with a coupon file. For my current season of life, I prefer the whole insert method as the pro’s outweigh the con’s. As I said in the last tutorial, I have only used a coupon file and the insert method. Here is how you would setup a coupon file for the first time.

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Supplies Needed to Make a Coupon File

  • Coupon file (13-pocket file at Staples for $3.99; smaller file at Dollar Tree for $1)
  • Pencil pouch
  • Calculator
  • Scissors
  • Pen

I would estimate that all supplies would cost approximately $5.

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How to Set Up a Coupon File

  1. The most important step is to include your name and contact information on the inside of your file, in case you leave it somewhere.
  2. Create a label for each of your categories (dairy, toiletries, baking supplies, etc.).
  3. If your coupon file is long enough, place scissors, a calculator and a pen, at front.
  4. Once all of your coupons are clipped, file them in the appropriate category in your file.
  5. Keep your shopping list, store coupons, etc. in the front divider, also.

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Coupon Filing Categories:

Foods

  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Breakfast/Cereal
  • Dairy/Refrigerated
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Sauces/Toppings/Condiments
  • Rice/Pasta/Bread (starches)
  • Meat
  • Baking
  • Produce
  • Misc

Non-Foods

  • Cleaning
  • Paper/Plastic
  • Personal/Razor/Deodorant
  • Baby
  • Makeup/Medicine
  • Hair
  • Body/Lotions/Soaps

TIPS & TRICKS:

Start small and build as you have time.

Customize in a way that works for you.

Go through your file at the beginning of each month to pull the expired coupons.

Maintenance: Each week you cut all coupons out of the inserts. Then, organize the coupons by category.

Photos Sources: DavidReber, JacindaClark

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