There are many different ways to organize your coupons and everyone has her own opinion on the best method. Whatever you finally settle on, the most important thing is that it works for YOU. Here are some things to consider when choosing an organization method:
1) What are your money saving goals?
Do you want to save a little or a lot? Are you happy with saving $10 a week with coupons or are you wanting to see the big savings roll in? Are you looking to save only on what you use on a weekly basis or are you wanting to stockpile in order to cut future costs?
Your answers to these questions will help determine what method you should choose.
If you’re only looking to save a little money here and there on the products you already use or only on the things you buy on a weekly basis, then I would recommend a simple organization method that doesn’t take much time. If you choose an extremely detailed and time consuming method, you will end up putting more time into it then you save and will become discouraged.
If, however, your goal is to save BIG and/or stockpile in order to save in the future, then you need a more advanced, better organized organization method.
2) How much money do you have available to spend on supplies?
Some organization methods will require a bigger investment than others. If you only have a few dollars to spend right away, then it might be best to start with a simpler, less expensive organization method such as an accordion file or recipe box with dividers, and then use your savings to switch to a more elaborate system later.
3) How much time to you have to spend on organization?
Some systems simply take more time. It will ultimately be up to you to determine how much time you have to spend AND how much time you ACTUALLY WILL SPEND on organizing your coupons.
4) What method will you ACTUALLY use?
You know your personality and your schedule better than anyone else.
It’s one thing to like the idea of using an elaborate and time consuming organization system but are you the type of person that will actually put the time into it? Do you actually have the time? If not, then choose a simpler method so that you don’t take the chance of becoming overwhelmed and frustrated.
When choosing an organization system, always consider which method you will actually use.
These are just a few tips to help you determine how to organize your coupons. It may be that you already know which method will be best for you. It may also be a game of trial and error until you get the hang of the money saving game.
Remember to keep it personal. Whatever method you decide on, make it your own. Everyone shops differently and thinks differently so what works for one person may not feel right to you.
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