Tips for Reducing Coupon Clutter
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Tips for Reducing Coupon Clutter

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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Are you struggling to cope with your accumulated coupon clutter?  Try some of these tips that will help you stay organized and reduce clutter.Coupons can help you save money on your grocery bill. Collecting coupons can, at times, feel almost addictive. Eventually, you are going to end up with a lot of coupon clutter. You don’t have to let the clutter spread across your home. There are ways to reduce the coupon clutter.

How to Organize Your Coupons

Create a Coupon Binder
Some people, who dabble in couponing, can get by with an envelope of coupons. Those that are edging toward extreme couponing are going to need a coupon binder. You can purchase them from some grocery stores. Or, you can make your own from a three ring binder and several sheets that are designed to hold baseball cards.

After you obtain your coupon binder, the next step is to organize your coupons into it. Remember to periodically check the expiration dates of the coupons and remove the ones that have expired. Take the time to add newly clipped coupons into the binder as soon as possible.

Keep Up With Your Coupons
One thing that helps reduce clutter is routine. Pick a day that you are going to organize your coupons, and set aside a few hours to do it. Get your scissors, and recycle bin, and start clipping the coupons you need. Immediately after that, put those coupons into your coupon binder. Get rid of the coupons that have expired.

This type of routine will reduce coupon clutter because it prevents the papers from piling up. You won’t ever have more than a week’s worth of coupon clutter to sort through, clip, and organize.

Start Using Digital Coupons
The quickest way to reduce coupon clutter is to go digital! Instead of printing out and clipping paper coupons, load them digitally onto your favorite grocery store’s loyalty card. Often, the same coupons are offered in digital and in printable format. In addition, many stores will offer special coupons that are only available digitally.

Some stores have their own apps that help you to save money. These offers can be in the form of coupons or presented as special deals that are only available for people who use the app. Target has one called Cartwheel. Starbucks has one, too. Many grocery stores also have their own app that helps you save money.

Stop Gathering Extra Newspapers
Many extreme couponers get into the habit of collecting extra newspapers. They do this so they can gather more than one copy of a coupon.

Typically, it is the Sunday paper that includes all the coupon inserts. The problem is the newspaper is being delivered daily. All those extra papers can create a lot of clutter. Save money by canceling your extra subscriptions – and reduce coupon clutter at the same time.

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