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Different people have different ways to efficiently organize coupons. I recommend a filing system of some sort. Two ideas that seem to be prominent in the coupon clipping community are:
A Filing Box- 4x6 or 5x8 sized index card box, Rubbermaid Check Keeper box (my favorite) or even an old baby wipes box like one made by Pampers(before pop-ups).
A Binder- There is a product on the market called The Couponizer, or you can buy a 2-3” 3-ring binder and add vinyl baseball card pages to hold your coupons. You can number each cardholder to correspond with the coupon number assigned to it in the Ca$h In program I've mentioned on this website.
Having a place to put all your coupons is great, but you also need to be able to find the one you want-when you need it. If you follow the binder method with the software listed above it is done for you. If you organize on your own there can be many different ways to sort. There is not one method that is better than the other. It just has to be in such a way that you can find your coupons quickly. Some ideas for sorting:
Category (baby food, cookies/snacks, drinks, seasonings, etc.)
Brand (Birds Eye, Dannon, Kraft, etc.)
Product Name (Cheerios, Grill Mates Marinade, Ragu, etc.)