Organizing Coupons

We only eat out as a family if we have a coupon to do so. But keeping track of all those dining out coupons can be difficult. I created a coupon file just for this purpose. Using a small check organizer file, I labeled sections with titles such as: fast food, ice cream, pizza, buffet, diners, etc. There is even a section for entertainment (bowling, mini golf, movies). We keep this file in our car along with my grocery coupon file so we remember to use them before their expiration dates.

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By Deb from Manchester, PA

August 10, 20100 found this helpful

No stores in my city double coupons. Furthermore, it seems most coupons are for things I never buy, cleaning products, beauty products, prepared foods, etc. A coupon for 25 cents off when you buy 2 or 3 is not worth my time and effort when it's something I seldom use. I buy mostly store brands and I just learned to stay away from the warehouse clubs. I just bought a 5 pack of canned chicken at the warehouse club ($10.89 for 5 cans). I left there to go to Walmart to finish up my shopping and found same size canned chicken for $1.79 a can. The math tells me I overpaid about $2.00. Since my stores don't double coupons it pays for me to buy store brands. Most of the time they are still cheaper than if I bought the brand name with a coupon. These people who say they get hundreds of dollars of groceries for 10 bucks, sorry I don't believe it. Makes for a good show on Good Morning America. I'm frugal in my own ways (thrift stores, store brands, eating lots of beans and leftovers) but couponing is not one of them.

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August 10, 20100 found this helpful

In addition to what I just said I looked into the web sites where you print off coupons and I will not give out the info they asked for just to print a few coupons.

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful

Although, I agree with TXBETTY that not all coupons are equal-your comment does not really go with this tip. I love using a good coupon-thank you for this tip. I had not thought about making a section for other than food items but I will now.

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February 27, 20110 found this helpful

TXBETTY, I understand why you are saying that. I used to believe the same thing. I still do not use coupons very much. Still, I have friends who have made a commitment to use these coupons to the best of their abilities. Trust me, it is possible to save more money that way than by buying the store brands. I have witnessed this first hand. My friends spend a lot of time getting and staying organized in order to do this. I choose to use my time for other things...I'm no grocery shopper. It's possible, but it takes serious commitment and organization. I have neither.

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May 27, 20110 found this helpful

Well TXBetty. I do massive coupon shopping and last week my bill was for $3742.23 and I only paid $163.24. This included everything from food, to beauty, to cleaning, to even dog food and diapers. As my picture shows. Plus, I find it very hard to believe that you dont buy any cleaning products. I mean, how do you do dishes, or clean your toilets, or just the basic brushing your teeth and washing your hair. Sounds kinda nasty to me. Yesterday I got 20 bottles of Dawn dish soap and 45 cans of Purina dog food for only $2. Now please tell me how does it make more sense to buy 5 cans of chicken for $10.89 when you can get a whole lot more than just that?

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July 4, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with TXBETTY. I don't understand or believe how you buy $3700 in groceries for $160. Save money with coupons, yes, but that much?!. In the little town where I live we have a locally owned store and a Wal-Mart. Neither of them double, the local guy would ask me not to come back and probably wouldn't let me use that many coupons in the first place. I do use coupons but only for what I need. Like the guy on TV that has a special room just for toothpaste! What was it he had over 1000 tubes, and I don't remember how many years that would last, more than a lifetime. That's not just crazy that's stupid to get that many tubes just because it's free.

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July 5, 20110 found this helpful

Deb: The coupon categories for yr coupon organizer is unique! My organizer uses categories like the city names where I know I can use those coupon, the mall,names of specific stores i.e. Hallmark, McDonalds etc. Thanks for your idea!

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