January 19, 2012
Yesterday I put out an “Ask the Readers” asking you guys about how you get organized. I just loved reading your responses and thought it would be really nice to post some of these as a special Reader Spotlight. Make sure to leave a comment if you have a tip to share!
When the SS and RP inserts come in Sunday’s paper, I write the date in black sharpie pen on the outside page and then stack them in a plastic tub. That way, it’s easy to find the particular week’s coupons when it’s listed under a sale items.
When you sit down to read the MONDAY Publix preview, sit down with a pen and notepad and write down your favorite deals, and print the printable Q’s you need right then and there. That way, when its time to shop on wed/thurs you are already have your list together.
Repeat for any other stores you shop at when that preview comes out on your favorite site. It saves a LOT of time instead of reading the previews, then going back later to write the list when you “think” you have more time.
Also, If you “only have a minute” to read the preview, then DONT read it, wait until you have the time to sit down with it and do what you need to do.
I have a binder for each store and as the deals come through, I have a spreadsheet for each store and their deals, as well as I add the coupon source so when I get ready for my trip, I know where to go to find them. I find it is easier to keep track of the store coupons, current deals, and policies. It is very important to get to know one store at a time. You definitely have to master it and having a binder for each helps me stay somewhat organized.
I keep a notebook near my computer so that I can write down deals as I see them. I have a page for Publix, CVS, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie. This is especially for new deals that pop up during the week and aren’t on the Weekly Deals list.
Do a little every day if you can with clipping, sorting and pulling expired coupons. I hate it when I let stuff pile up and have to spend an hour or more on it.
Let your husband, partner, children or anyone else that reaps the rewards of your couponing help you! My husband will clip, I will organize and my 3yo discards the excess paper.
My husband just discovered the grocery list on http://www.publix.com. You can put in your local Publix store number and the list will even tell you on which aisle you will find the ingredient you wish to buy. There is a place for taking notes and to indicate that you have a coupon for each item. It tells you the price and / or special for that week, and you can save it for later, e-mail it to view it on any carry-size device where you can get internet (i-pad, kindle, cell phone, etc.) or print it out for a quick trip.
I write my list on the back of an envelope and put all my coupons in the envelope. I keep a spare pouch in my purse and if there are any coupons I don’t end up using they go in the pouch to get re-filed at home.
I make my list in order of the store’s layout. My shopping plan, since I usually shop with my 1&2 yr olds in the car cart, is to hit the free balloon first and get the kid’s cookie before checkout to buy that extra time. We also shop during the day when the old folks think it’s cute that my boys race to get to the next blinkie
Aren’t these some great tips? Thank you guys so much for sharing!! If you have any other organizational tips be sure to leave them in the comments!