In honor of the new TLC show Extreme Couponing, I decided it was time to better organize my coupons. My coupons were organized into 2 groups- food/services and groceries. They looked something like this.
Not exactly organized. More like shoved in an envelope and dropped in a pile. This system wasn't working out for me at all because I was constantly forgetting what coupons I had and not having them with me when I needed them. So I started with the grocery coupons and made this:
I had a bunch of black and white paper and ribbon left from making my wedding album, so I decided I'd put it to good use with this project. I started out cutting and scoring plain manila folders.
until I had this:
Then I made four more of these as well as a cover. I covered them with decorative paper and hole punched them (breaking my sad little hole punch during the process. Don't worry, I upgraded!) then used ribbon to tie it all together.
I printed out a bunch of labels for the cover and the pockets based on how I wanted to divide my coupons.
I trimmed them down and inked the edges and this was my finished product.
Well, I didn't save 98% on my grocery trip, but I did save a bundle!
With my store card, it ended up being over $30, so I was pretty proud! It was fun to be able to double up store coupons with manufacturers coupons and get a couple of things for only a few cents. And despite the fact that I had less than 20 coupons, I did freak out the cash register and had to have the manager key everything in. I certainly won't be extreme couponing anytime soon, but at least I'm saving a bit here and there. More left over to replace broken hole punchers. :) How are you organizing your coupons? Leave me a comment or a link so I can check out your projects!