After reading the Coupon Blogs How to Coupon at your store information that I suggested in lesson two and Read your store’s coupon matchups on your favorite coupon blogs, you will need to organize your coupons to get ready to shop! You will do this for most store sales on Saturday because most sales start on Sunday. No printer, no ink? Just shop with newspaper insert and loose coupons. No inserts yet? Start with printable coupon deals until you get more coupons.
I let the coupon blogs do the hard work for me and only cut out only the coupons that I plan to shop at that week. I leave all unclipped newspaper coupons in my file organizing system that (we talked about this in lesson 1) I organize the clipped coupons in a recycled big bill size envelope. I have one for each store that I shop at. I write the name of the store on them. These fit easily in a small purse or a diaper bag.
I write down or print exactly what the coupon matchup deal says on the websites (What to buy, how many to buy, size, price before coupons, and any Register Rewards (RR), Catalinas, Rebate info, or Any Scan Receipt Rebate App Info. I paper clip or staple my coupons carefully to the deals separate.If you run out of paper clips or staples sometimes I will just fold the coupon with the deal.
When organizing be carefull not to damage important info. Cashiers are trained to check expiration dates, wording on coupon, and they need the bar code to scan it. So:
– be careful when cutting coupons out.
– if you will be stapling coupons either cut extra on top, side, or bottom so you will have room to attach the staple. I also will often put the staple through the picture on the coupon when getting ready to shop.
After you organize the coupons with the deal info put it into the Store Envelope.
Improving Coupon Deals with your loose coupons
The picture above was an old Meijers coupon deal for Teddy Grahams. I took a coupon deal I found and crossed off the coupon the blog said to use and added my tear pad coupons I had. I also totaled the price to see if was worth buying. And yes I stocked up that week.
I also keep all the store receipts, money off next order catalinas, rain checks, and store coupons in the envelopes. I rarely use the receipts so they go in the very back. When my envelope gets old or too full. The store coupons go before the receipts. I like to keep the coupon deals in the middle and the store Catalinas or Money of your next order in the very front. I staple, coupon ,or just fold the catalinas to organize them too. When your store envelope gets too full or starts to break. Keep the old receipts in the old envelope and wrap a rubber band around them. Then I make a new store envelope. I pay all my bills through online banking so I have a lot of extra envelopes that I save for my coupons. I also save big long envelopes that come in some junk mail that comes with return envelopes to my house. If the envelopes are to narrow or have holes in them I do not use it.
Why save all Receipts in your store envelope?
A lot of the free or Almost free stuff involve Rebates, Scan Receipt Apps, or Money off Your Next Purchase Catalinas. Most of the time you will never have a Catalina that you forgot to use (because you will be shopping a lot for free stuff) but if you ever forget or misplace one. You will end up paying way too much (the stores want you to do this). I will return any items if I forget to use the Catailina that made the deal good. I also do not use the free item until the Catalina from the deal was used. You might want to have one hideing place in your house (mine is a basement closet) that your family will not see the items right away. Some stores like CVS will allow you to use your Expired Money of Next deal offers (CVS calls them Extra Bucks) because they do not want you to return items. Be sure to mention why you are returning, you never know when a store might make an exception and force one through or give you store credit. Usally only the managers do this, It also doesn’t hurt to call the store with the # on the receipt and ask for the store manager and ask if he can give you any store credit or do you have to return your item.
Organizing Rain Checks
If you can not find an item, you can ask for a rain check and attach them to the back deal info and coupons for the deal. And store in your store envelope. This rain check thing takes up time so I would try to find the item at another store on my way home then maybe revisit the first store on the day when they restock the shelves(ask the cashiers or managers).
EXTREME COUPONING 101 – HOW TO INFO and TIPS
- Organizing Coupon Inserts
- Store Coupon Policies
- Non Insert coupons
- Organize coupons with no binder
- Good Coupons & Stock up Prices
- Shop the loss leaders
- Loading E Coupons
- Printing coupons
- Read coupon blogs daily
- Transferring & Filling Perscriptions $ Offers
- Organizing Loose Coupons with out a Coupon Binder