Using coupons when you shop is a great way to save a little extra money, but to be able to use them efficiently, you need to have structure. There are several ways in which you can store your coupons in an orderly manner so that they are easily accessible when you need them.
Here's our list of the most popular ways of keeping your coupons organized.
Organize your coupons weekly and take advantage of coupon guides to do this. While several websites offer templates for coupon guides, you can easily make one from card paper or even cloth.
Group by category
The easiest way to find a coupon that you need is to have them classified by type. When in a hurry these are a blessing and could include:
- Children's needs
- Beauty essentials
If you're starting out with coupons considering buying a small organizer may be a good idea. Costing just a few dollars and widely available, they are small enough to pop into your purse or shopping bag. These organizers typically have a few sections to place coupons, and you can use the tabs provided to label your coupons by category.
Use accordion files
This filing system allows you to keep all your coupons together in one place without the need to clip them. Organizing the coupons in this way offers the benefit of storing the entire inserts without needing to cut out the coupons until you have the time to sort through all of them.
Choose your binders
If you have an extensive collection of coupons, small folios and files may not provide sufficient space. A binder allows you to see all your coupons together in one place and is the most popular choice. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, the most convenient are those that have multiple external pockets built-in. Ones with handles and zippers make for an excellent choice as they can be easily carried around and prevent coupons from falling out.
While you may want to experiment with the different methods before you find one that works for you, having your coupons well organized will help you save time and money.
6. Look for confirmations
After you have submitted your filled-in form, don’t be in a hurry to close the window and be done with it. Wait to see a confirmation page. This allows you to fix missing details or get instructions on how you can resubmit the form in case you need it.
7. Inform your post office
If you’re going to be away from home, keep your post office updated or your mailbox could overflow quickly and your samples might be returned.
8. Follow up
Keep track of when you placed your free sample request. Unless mentioned otherwise, they usually take anywhere between 6-8 weeks to reach you. If you haven’t received your sample by then, call the company and let them know. They might be able to give you a status update or send you a fresh one.
There is nothing guaranteed about getting a sample product. Yet these easy tips and tricks will give you the best chance at maximizing your returns versus forms filled if you pay a little attention and are diligent.