Keeping my Coupons Organized – And Failing Miserably

This post is a cry for help. A plea for advice. A call from a desperate couponer with a disorganized coupon book. Help!

When I first started couponing, life was easy. I had an old wallet, with lots of slots to slide my coupons in. I labelled each slot individually with the categories I most frequently used coupons for, ‘Toilet paper/Paper towel’ ‘Toiletries’ ‘Food’ ‘Detergent’ ‘Meds’ ‘Household/Cleaning Supplies’ & ‘Condiments’.

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But soon I started to noticed some of my slots filled quicker than others. Often my ‘Household/Cleaning Supplies’ slot was overflowing, while ‘Condiments’ remained mostly empty. Trying to resolve this issue, I merged the ‘Condiments’ category together with food, leaving me space now for the overflow of ‘Household’ coupons.

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For a little while, this seemed to work. But soon after I was forced to merge more categories – ‘Toiletries’ with ‘Paper Towel/Toilet Paper’, ‘Meds’ with ‘Detergent’. Logically, my categories were not making sense any more and still my slots were overflowing; unable to cope with the growing number of daily coupons.

What is worse: I found myself holding up lines, frantically sorting and shifting through the disorganized mess that was my coupon book. Yes, I was THAT person. I could hear the whispers from behind me in the line, “oh great, this girl has a bunch of coupons and she can’t find them…”.  At one point, I found myself ready to say, “Oh I know I have a coupon for that, I just can’t find it, so don’t worry about it” (thankfully, it did not come to this and I managed to pluck the .75 cents off Iogo yogurt out just in the neck of time).

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So now I turn to you, book wide open and coupons a mess. How do you keep your coupons organized and easily accessible so when you get to the cash you stand proud, and the only whispers you hear from behind you in line are those of admiration, “I wish I could find coupons like her!”

Please leave me your tips for resolving my jumbled coupon book and ideas for keeping better organized, or tweet me, I’m on twitter (a lot) and would love to connect.

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My Top 5 Sites for Finding Savings on Groceries

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There are a ton of online resources for finding savings on groceries. Whether it’s through freebies, samples, coupons or giveaways,there is no shortage of sites to find ways to save money on your next grocery order. But there are some some resources that I find myself using everyday and have become part of my saving routine.  They are the sites that I have found to be the best places for me to find savings & coupons for groceries and other products.  So here, in no particular order, are my top 5 places online for finding savings:

1. Checkout 51 – Checkout 51 is an iPhone (soon for Android) app that gives you a list of products each week that are available for a rebate.  When you purchase any of the products on the list,  upload your receipt through the app. You will then get a notification once your receipt has been processed, and the amount of the rebate will be debited to your Checkout51 account.  Once you have saved $20 in rebates, you can then request a cheque and receive your savings in the mail. The product lists are updated weekly and rebates are on products you actually buy (like bread & yogurt).

2. Save.ca– I have 3 primary coupon sites that I frequent at least once a month, save.ca is one of them. This site doesn’t always have the most coupons, but sometimes has different products that you don’t always see coupons for (like right now for $1.00 off Tobasco sauce). Just create an account and click the coupons you want to print or have mailed to you.

3. Extreme Canadian Coupons –  A kind of everything site- coupons, giveaways, in-store sales, contests, freebies, samples…you get the picture. The site is updated multiple times daily and you can keep up-to-date by following them on twitter  (@frugalcanadians).

4. P&G Everyday – Probably the site with the most coupons that I visit. And, if your like me and often run out of printer ink, P&G offers a ton of coupons that they will mail directly to you, usually within a week of ordering them.

5. WebSaver – Yes, my third and final coupon site. Between this one and the previous two, you have my regular coupon rounds.  Like the other two, all you need to do is register, login, choose your coupons and have them printed or mailed to you.

There are so many other good sites and resources for finding savings- an honourable mention to Smart Canucks who provide tons of coupons, giveaways & freebies on a daily basis. These are just the ones I am finding most relevant for the products I buy, the sites are easy to navigate and use, they are not spammy or full of ads and so far, have been reliable. I would LOVE to know yours though, which sites are your favourite, do you have any apps that save you money on groceries, what about your favourite reviewers? Let me know in the comments below!