There are many ways that you can organize your coupons and many people have opinions on which way is the best. Mine is that you have to pick a way that works for you–Everyone is different and what works for some of us is difficult for others. When I first started, I didn’t have many coupons so I just used an accordion file and I organized by brand name. You can also organize by categories. Some people choose to just keep all of there coupons in a shoe box. The two most popular ways seem to be the Coupon Binder and whole Insert filing. I prefer to use the binder and I will explain why below.
Update: After a little over 18 months of using the binder method I decided to make the switch to the coupon box mentioned below. You can see my post on creating a coupon box HERE.
I am now using this method myself and I love it! It is so easy to file and it really is not difficult to view your coupons in-store. It is convenient and the decreased time spent organizing each week makes it a wonderful choice!
Many people simply pull the unclipped insert and file them by date. Most deal sites, including this one, will have coupon match-ups and list which insert they came from. It seems to me that this would take longer when you are preparing to shop because you have to locate and clip the coupons, however it does save you a lot of time when you are not clipping coupons you will not use. You also cannot easily pull coupons when you run into great unadvertised and clearance deals in the store.
You can also do a mixture of the binder and whole insert methods. I plan to start doing this because the commissary has so many different coupon booklets and fliers. Most items I wouldn’t buy, but if I found a super deal on it I would pick it up!