Don't Delay Cutting: Clip and organize coupons as they arrive or one day a week. If you let inserts and booklets stack up in huge piles, it will put stress on you and take up blocks of time. Get older kids to help out, clip during shows/ movies at home, or clip while the kids are playing.
eCoupons: Upload these coupons electronically to your store loyalty card, and they will apply automatically at checkout when you swipe your card. They can be loaded and used one time per card. There's no need to clip and file these, and you can add several within seconds! Find out more about eCoupons and how to use them here.
Expireds: Find a system that works for you to keep current coupons in and expireds out. Whether it’s at the end of every week before you insert your new clipped coupons or the first day of every month, rotating out unused coupons will create space. Check out this video to learn how you can donate unused and expired coupons to military families overseas.
Check out Services: If you’re always pressed for time, look into coupon clipping services. It does cost up front, but the benefit is not having to clip them yourself, and you are buying coupons that you will use. Scan your local ad the day it arrives for sales and sale dates, or check a blog for matchups; then order the coupons they mention. Purchases should come in the mail with a few sale days left.
Plan It Out: Planning your shopping trips up front saves time in the long run! Check out The Krazy Coupon Lady website or a regional blog for local store ad and coupon matchups. Write down the best deals and what your family needs, and pull the coupons you will be using ahead of time. Try putting each store’s coupons inside individual envelopes labeled with the store name or into individual baseball card sleeves.
So what works best for you? What ways have you found to cut down time clipping and organizing?