In high school one of the football players playfully called me "Coupon Queen". We were at a Pizza Hut with friends eating and I started looking through my purse and said, "I might have a coupon for here." He saw me pull out a few coupons and hence the moniker was born.
It is still true to this day. There are coupons in my van, in my purse, in my wallet, in my home. Now don't get this idea that they are strewn about. That would not be an accurate picture. In my van, I have a zip bag where I keep "out and about" coupons. These coupons are to restaurants or to household stores. The zip bag is tucked neatly in my side door pocket. Easy access and out of the way.
In my wallet are my free coupons. Think of it as "extra money" so it belongs in the wallet. Also in my wallet, are the coupons for stores I am going to in the next day or so. This is for safe keeping and quick access. It's terrible foraging through your purse at the register thinking, "Where did that coupon go?" Only to give up, pay full price, and find the coupon after it expired.
The coupons in my home are grocery, oil change, and event coupons. These are coupons that require planning. My grocery coupons are in my coupon box. All the other coupons are in a stand up file or folder and it's easy to put coupons in and easy to take coupons out. My husband even easily found an oil change coupon the other day with this system. These are kept in one of the busiest sections of our home (dining/kitchen area). This is also where I do most of my reading so it makes it convenient.
Grocery shopping has become easy for me with a few simple steps. Whenever I get something in the mail that comes with a return envelope that's blank on one side, I keep it. They get stored in a spot near my coupon box. When I am ready to make my grocery list, I get one of these envelopes, and start writing my list on the blank side of the envelope. After I have written my list, I go through my coupon box and pull out the coupons for the items. The coupons then get put into the envelope that has my grocery list. I take my envelope to the store that has my list and coupons. Everything is in one neat spot. It makes it simple and I'm not fumbling through my coupon box at the store looking to see if I have a coupon for the item on my list.
So, keep it simple, keep it organized. It creates more peace and less stress. It also makes you richer. Happy (discount) shopping!
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