When Adam and I agreed that I would stay home (I’m a lucky girl) I realized that I while I wasn’t bringing in any income (this was pre-virtual assisting), I would need to make it my job to save our money and I dived into extreme couponing with a whole heart. Now, don’t get the wrong idea – I’m not clearing shelves or adding rooms to my house to stockpile four thousand boxes of ramen – far from it. Still, I try and stock up on things at their rock bottom price and I love, love, love saving money. I used to spend hours clipping and filing coupons into my (ridiculously large) coupon binder and then hauling that bad boy to the store. Yeeeeeeah, carrying that thing around grew old pretty fast and so did giving up my Sunday afternoons to clip, clip, clip coupons. It was just too much.
You guys know that these days I struggle a lot with feeling overwhelmed when a task seems way too big. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to simplify just about everything in my life – my couponing included.
Now? I don’t clip a single coupon until I need it and it takes me about 5 minutes a week to organize my coupons. Here’s how (my first vlog y’all!):
If you want to use my system for your own stash of coupons you’ll need the following:
- A durable file box (I got mine at Staples)
- 12 hanging file folders
- A dry erase marker
- A Sharpie marker
- A binder for loose coupons I grab at the store or clip and don’t use (I store the coupons alphabetically by the name of the company)
I’ll be sharing more on my binder and just how I clip and prep my coupons later – but trust me, it’s just as simple!
If you want to learn more about how I coupon or save money by menu planning you should check out my series below: