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How to Organize Your Coupons

There are 3 method’s in which you can use. Keep in mind do whatever works best for you. I of course use the binder method.

Binder Method: Clipping coupons and sorting in plastic baseball card/photo holders. Can sort alphabetically or by product category.

PROS: Easy to carry into a store. Makes finding a coupon for an unplanned item easy.

CONS: Time consuming, to clip/sort/clean out.

#2 is the Clipless System

Filing Whole Inserts/Clipless: Filing entire inserts according to date and type.

PROS: Easy, quick to sort. No clipping. Easy to find coupons when matching up from a list.

CONS: Must search database to find coupons on unplanned purchases. Can make finding coupons take longer. Almost impossible to take into a store.

#3 Clipping & Sorting (using an accordion filer/or box): Clip all coupons and sort in a accordion filer/box. Can sort alphabetically or by product category. When I first started coupons, I sorted using product categories and sub divided categories using envelopes.

PROS: Easy to find coupons. Easy to carry into a store. Great with a small supply.

CONS: Tedious clipping/sorting.

As you can see each one has pro’s and con’s.

Here are some catorgies to go by when using the binder method:

Air fresherns, Breads,Baby, breakfast,canned, dairy,drinks, frozen, medicine, makeup, paper, pasta, produce, snacks, toothpaste etc., washing detergent, vitimans etc.

You will need to set it up for whatever your needs are. I do not have a baby so I have no baby section in mine.

Coupon Lingo

AR – After Rebate
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One Get One Free
B5G1 – Buy FIVE Get One Free
BC/AC – Before/After Coupons 
Blinkie – SmartSource machine with a red blinking light on it. Coupons are thus referred to as ‘ Blinkies’
BTFE – Box Tops for Education
CAT – Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register. 
C/O – Cents Off
CRT – Cash register tape (receipt) 
DND – Do Not Double
ECB – Extra Care Buck (earned at CVS)
ES – Easy Saver, seen at Walgreens rebate booklet
ETS – Excludes Trial Sizes
FAR – Free after rebate
GC – Gift Card
GDA – Good Deal Alert
GM – General Mills Insert, a booklet of coupons that appears in newspapers every month or two.
HBA – Health & Beauty Section in the store
IDSO – in desperate search of
INSERTS – Coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper
IP – Internet Printable coupon
ISO – In Search Of (basically you need it)
IVC – Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet
IVDSO – In very desperate search of
LOL – Laugh/Laughing Out Loud
MFR – Manufacturer
MIR – Mail In Rebate
MQ – Manufacturer coupon
MRP – Manufacturer’s retail price
NED – No Expiration Date
NFN – No Form Needed
OOP – Out Of Pocket
OYNO -On Your Next Order
P&G – Proctor & Gamble (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
Peelie – Coupon found attached to a product. You have to peel it off.
tRC – Rain-check
RP – Red Plum (Sunday Booklet Coupons) (formerly Valassis)
RR – Register Reward from Walgreens – use as a $ off coupon on your next purchase
SCR – Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
SS – Smart Source (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
STACKING – Often stores will allow the use of more than one coupon per item, IF the coupon itself does not restrict such usage. (Usually store Q + mfr Q)
SUPER DOUBLES or DOUBLES – coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (IE, a $1 coupon – $2, etc)
TEARPAD – A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TRIPLE COUPON – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value
UPC – Universal Product Code, barcode on the product
WAGS – Walgreens
WM – Walmart
WSL – While supplies last
WUC – We Use Coupons (refers to the site http://www.weusecoupons.com )
WYB – When You Buy
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary (“Worked for me, may not work for you”)