The following is a guest post about organizing mailer coupons from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
Today I’m sharing an oldie but a goodie. I originally wrote about my mailer coupon system HERE a few years ago and it’s still going strong today! That’s when you know you’ve got a good system in place. I haven’t had to tweak anything from it’s original state. However, I tailored it specifically to my holiday gift shopping this year.
It all started back when I was looking for a way to keep those large Bed Bath and Beyond mailer coupons at my fingertips. I seemed to always find myself near a BB&B without my notorious 20% discount. Since those primarily come by mail, I often had a stack of them at home, which wasn’t helpful while I was IN the store. They say you can bring your purchase receipt back with the coupon and they’ll honor the discount, but who really wants to run back and forth to a store multiple times? And forget about keeping them in my purse, that never worked out good for me.
Tired of my disconnect between coupon and store, I grabbed a small three-ring binder (I actually like THIS one better), two packages of plastic pocket dividers and got to work. I loaded any large mailer coupons I hoped to use in the binder, organizing them by store. The binder goes into the side pocket of my car door. The binder stays in the car at all times, so I have my mailer coupons when needed. As the coupons come in by mail, I immediately load them into the binder, which goes back into the car. There’s no waiting or keeping a coupon pile stashed on my desk. I found the easiest way is to immediately transfer the mailers to car, so I have everything I need when making impromptu shopping trips.
All that said, this holiday season, my mailbox has had a major influx of coupons. Tis the season, I suppose and just like “there’s an app for everything”, I now have a “coupon for everything”. :) A few months ago, as the mailers began pouring in, I started arranging them in my binder in anticipation of making gift purchases. During this time of year, I carry around a few extra mailer coupons I wouldn’t normally keep in the binder. Oh, and maybe a coupon or two for *ahem* myself. You know, in case I stumble into The Container Store to rejuvenate my organizing muscles. ;)
I still did the majority of my shopping online this year as mentioned previously. Having a baby and her naps to contend with made online purchasing very appealing. However, I still loaded up my mailers in the binder, even if they had a code for online discounts. Keeping a well-oiled machine going was my best bet. Grabbing coupons from the car is easier than returning to the store again later or forgoing the discount altogether while kicking myself on the drive home. :)
A little hint of advice… cut your coupons down to fit easier in the pocket sleeve. I cut most of the coupons down as much as possible and recycle the rest of the magazine or flyer that accompanies it. My recycle bin tells no lie (2nd pic below), there’s a lot of wasted space with those advertisements.
Now you can see why I call this one an oldie but a goodie. It has years of working experience for me personally and I find it’s been pulling double duty this time of year with the yearly coupon bonanza. Happy shopping wishes to you! :)
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughters. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.
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