How to Choose a Coupon Organizer
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How to Choose a Coupon Organizer

Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Tired of losing track of coupons? You need a coupon organizer! Here are some ideas on how to buy, make, or repurpose one.

Finding coupons is easy. Keeping track of where you put them can be difficult. Are you tired of digging through your purse or pockets in search of a coupon that you just know is in there, somewhere? How many times have you lost a great coupon before you had a chance to use it? There is a way to prevent these problems. You need a coupon organizer!

People who get super serious about couponing tend to use a coupon binder. Most people start with a smaller, easier to carry, coupon organizer instead. In general, a coupon organizer will fit the needs of people who are new at couponing, or who are casual couponers.

How to Choose a Cheap Coupon Organizer

Buy an inexpensive one.
It sounds so simple. You need a coupon organizer – just go buy one! Often, when you try to actually locate one in a store you will run into problems. Where are they? Some grocery stores may have them randomly placed somewhere in the store. You might have luck if you look in the aisle that has the packing tape, or the one with the school supplies.

Target has a sturdy, plastic, expanding coupon file. It is not available online, so you have to visit a store to get one. It costs under $10.00.

That is just one example. Check your favorite store’s website to see if they sell coupon organizers.

Make your own coupon organizer.
Maria Bell has an excellent step-by-step tutorial about how to make a mini accordion file folder (that you can use as a coupon organizer).

Not feeling quite that crafty? Try the tutorial on the raegun ramblings blog. It shows you how to take a regular, boring, coupon organizer (like the type you might find at Target) and personalize it with a cute, fabric, cover.

Repurpose something else into a coupon organizer.
Are you someone who only uses a couple of coupons when you shop? You might not need an entire coupon organizer. Instead, repurpose something you already have into a coupon organizer. What do you have at home, right now, that you aren’t using? Try one of these:

* The zippered, cloth (or plastic) pencil case your child used at school last year
* A small makeup bag that is currently empty
* A snack size ziplock sealable baggie
* Your three ring planner from last year (take out the calendar, put in some plastic pockets)

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