Coupon Organization: The Master Coupon List
Amber and I have converted many of you into using the fab fruGAL combo method of organizing your coupons (Monica still prefers her own method). In short, you simply:
- File your coupon inserts in sheet protectors (one sheet protector per set of inserts)
- Place an alphabetized list of all the coupons contained in that insert in the front
- Put all the sheet protectors in a 3-4″ binder. (You can view the full tutorial here).
Well, fab fruGAL Stephanie emailed us with her own spin on this method and I wanted to share it with you!
I have an idea concerning the combo method and the weekly lists of coupons provided by Sophie. I also use Excel extensively.
The combo method suggests bringing your binders to the store and finding the additional matchups based on the insert lists. This would involve extensive time looking through each individual insert listing. What is needed to pull this all together is a master listing of all unexpired coupons, such that you can put this list first in your binder, find what you want and go directly to the insert. This would also really help at home to find the items that you are looking for before going to the store. Looking through 12-20 inserts to find this info is way too time consuming.
Another idea. Yesterday was my birthday and I went to the office store, with my husband in tow, to get my combo method started. What I found was page protector sheets that hold 50 – 100 sheets each. These are called expandable page protectors. They are heavy duty and much wider than the standard. I can easily pull out the 6 sets of coupon inserts that I receive each week in these compared to the standard protector. A set of 25 is about $7.50.
So of course, being the fab gal that she is, after getting all the original files created by Sophie, Stephanie created a master list of all the unexpired Idaho coupons ( found in the coupon inserts since the beginning of February! Thanks Stephanie!!!