(I know, this had nothing to do with Free Clip Art or Images, but anything that saves me money so that we can have more disposable income for our craft ispertinent! :) Not to mention, it's not just food that I save on, a lot of times I get free tape, pens, markers, glue, misc. office supplies, paper, and great deals on ink, etc!) Still not interested.. don't read. There will be free images up tomorrow for you! :) I am not selling you anything! Promise! :) These are just my personal lessons learned and shared!
There are so many options out there for organizing your coupons, envelopes, pockets, boxes, binders, etc.. If you are serious about truly saving money and stockpiling when prices are rock bottom then you'll need a serious system to keep yourself organized.
My personal recommendation is a coupon binder. You can assemble your own a lot cheaper, and we are here to save money aren't we? Having spent months tweeking mine, (I started by making my own pockets.. not the greatest idea when I have dozens and dozens of pages!) I have finally developed a system that is working. For me. Yours will grow and change as you figure out what works and what doesn't for you. What categories you need and which don't apply. No pets? Leave that section out.
A few recommendations:
1. Get a three ring binder and have it zip! Having dropped mine on numerous occasions trying to juggle it, a purse and two wee ones, a zipper is a lifesaver!
2. Make sure it has extra outside pockets! I use these to store my calculator and small scissors. I also tuck my coupons in them as I travel through the store, then when I am done shopping, all my coupons are in one place, waiting for me to hand them to the cashier.
3. Use baseball card protector sleeves to sort your coupons. They are perfectly sized for most coupons and are easy to find. I tried making my own and I needed too many. Just buy them, they will pay you back. Promise. You can find them at Walmart or online.
4. Use the Avery 31 day page dividers. That gives you 31 categories for your coupons.
I purchased mine at Staples. They weren't cheap, but they are sturdy and should last a long time. And the rainbow colors are pretty! :) They make me happy to sort my coupons.
- Salty Snacks
- Sweet Snacks
- Bread/ PB & J
- Soup/Canned Goods
- Rice/Prepared Sides
- Condiments/Salad Dressing
- Food Packaging (ie. plastic bags, foil)
- Paper Products
- Household Cleaners
- Dish Washing
- Candles/Air Fresheners
- Oral Care
- First Aid/Eye care
- Soap/Body Wash
- Feminine Products
Do you have any coupon organizing ideas that really work of you? We'd love to hear!
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(Note: this is my post with my images, if you have seen them before but can't recall where, I started a coupon blog a while back and this is as far as I got!)