Whether you are new to couponing or need a refresher, we are sharing some tips to help you Coupon Smartly. First we talked about How To Find Coupons and now we are going to talk about Organzing Coupons and Coupon Lingo! It can be confusing at first, but don’t let the deter you.
It doesn’t matter what you use to organize your coupons, but it is a must to save time and money at the store. If you don’t, you will be overwhelmed before you start. There are a few different ways you can organize your coupons. If you have a way that works for you, that isn’t listed, I would love for you to leave a comment and share!
Envelopes: If you are just starting out, envelopes can help you organize. You can have a separate one for each store you shop at or for types of items. As your coupon stash grows you may want to upgrade to one of the option below.
Filers: Coupon filers, like these on Amazon.com, come with separate compartments so you can easily organize by type of coupon, store, date, or whatever works best for you. You can find these for as little as $1.00 in the Target Dollar bins on occasion. This is how I started to organize my coupons. I carried one for groceries, one for baby/kids products, and one for everything else.
Binders: For those of you that watched episodes of TLC’s Couponing Extreme you are familiar with the binder. This can house LOTS of coupons and makes them more visible. This comes in handy for those that buy lots of papers and clip several of the same coupon. I currently use a binder and LOVE it! It’s easy to go through at the store and it’s easy to clean out. When you use a binder, you will need sleeves to hold all the coupons. Below are some of my favorites.
- Ultra Pro 25/9 Pocket Page Protectors
- BCW Pro 6-Pocket Page (Tall or Widevision Trading Cards)
- 100 BCW 3-Pocket Currency And Coupon Size Binder Pages
Here are some important tips to remember to keep your coupons organized:
- Out with the old and in with the new. Pick a certain day to clip coupons and when you put those new ones in your filer/binder take out the expired ones.
- If there are high value, free or hot coupons that you want to make sure you use, keep them up front.
- Find a system that works for you. Whether you organize by type of item, store, date, etc. Make sure it is a system that works for the way you shop.
How do you keep your coupons organized and do you have any tips you would like to share?
There are lots of abbreviations and nicknames when it comes to talking about coupons. Here is a list of some of the most popular coupons lingo:
- Blinkies: The machines you see at stores attached to a shelf. They have a blinking light and spit out coupons for a specific product.
- B&M: Brick & Mortar- Meaning in-store only, not available online
- BOGO/B1G1: Buy One, Get One
- Catalina: Coupons that print from the register at checkout.
- ECB: Extra Care Bucks that are earned at CVS Stores for certain purchases.
- MFG: Manufacturers Coupon
- MIR: Mail in Rebate
- OOP: Out of Pocket- Generally used when explaining what a deal will cost you.
- Peelies: These are coupons that you find on a package at the store.
- RP: Red Plum Newspaper Coupon Insert
- RR: Register Reward- These are reward vouchers that print out at Walgreens for certain purchases.
- SS: Smart Source Newspaper Coupon Insert
- Stack/Stack-able: Using a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon together for one item.
- WYB: When you buy- Referring to a deal you get that requires the purchase of a specific product.
- YMMV: Your Market May Vary – deals that vary by region will have this label.