For a long time I organized my grocery coupons by stuffing the entire insert into a manila file folder and marking it with the month and date the flyer arrived with the Sunday newspaper. (If you get your coupons in the regular mail, look for a teeny tiny date printed at the very top of the crease on the cover).
But that used a lot of folders.
The folders took up space and it was a waste to mark them up, even if I could cover the date with a sticker and mark them up again. Did I need to use so many folders and stickers?
It occurred to me that I could just as easily mark my weekly coupons with a single sticky note and paper clip, see above. After marking the date on the sticky and securing it with a paper clip, I shove the coupon insert into a drawer by my desk, where I can grab them and flip to the insert I need.
Why do coupon clippers file the inserts by date?
Savvy coupon clippers file their inserts by date because bloggers who spend time matching coupons with sales to find free and heavily discounted groceries (called coupon matching), list the coupon you need to get the deal by the date it was published. Here is an example from Bargain Briana.
Carnation Evaporated Milk – $0.94
$0.50/2 Carnation Evaporated Milk 11/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
Final Price: $0.69/each
The price of the milk is $.94, plus there is a $.50 off two coupon in the Nov. 14, 2010 Red Plum insert. With the coupon, the final price is $.69.
Bloggers use abbreviations for the name of the insert. SS stands for SmartSource. RP stands for RedPlum. GM stands for General Mills. P&G or PG stands for Proctor & Gamble. In the picture above, you can see that I only receive Red Plum and Smart Source coupons. Bargain Briana has a full list of coupon lingo.