Tip Tuesday: Purging Your Coupons

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Tonight I went through my coupon holder and sifted through all the coupons that had expired. Normally when I am doing this, I am sitting somewhere (mostly in the 3 o’ clock school pickup line) and have few minutes to burn, so I figure why not clean out my coupons? Many of you know I do the clipless coupon method, which does not consist of cutting out every coupon from the Sunday paper–thank heavens! But I do acquire quite a few printable and otherwise cut out coupons that I never use. Every so often I do this, and go through and get rid of expired coupons. This has made a big difference in me being able to save more money. Taking a little bit of an “inventory” of what coupons I have, or really a reminder, helps me to remember the coupons I want to use and have on hand. Notice the big $5 off opti-free coupons I didn’t get around to using. Kicking myself for that one!


My coupon holder (pictured above) is similar to the ones found here. I would get one with at least 12 pockets. I put all the coupons I want to use in the very front when going on a shopping trip, and then I have all my other coupons filed away in different categories. I don’t get too fancy with my categories. Here are the ones I use:

  • Food (I told you it wasn’t too fancy)
  • Frozen
  • Bread/Cereal/Grains
  • Baby
  • Feminine
  • Personal Care
  • Household
  • Dairy/Juice
  • Sweets
  • Target
  • Medicine
  • Retail

I really think highly of those that can use coupon binders and cut out every coupon. But that just isn’t for me or my lifestyle, and my little coupon holder has served me well! I have saved thousands and thousands with the little thing. And of course for all those who are wondering, that is not where I store ALL my coupons. If you are not familiar with the clipless coupon method, you can read about it hereI store my whole insert coupons in a cute file box from Target and keep it in my kitchen! How do you store your coupons and what coupon holders have you found that you love?

Also, be aware that you can donate your expired coupons to military bases. Go here to learn more.

You can also send coupons straight to this address:

Support Our Troops® 
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070

Do not send restaurant or catalina coupons, or coupons expired by 30 days or more. Make sure to separate your coupons into “food” and “non-food” bundles.


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