What To Do With All Those Coupons: To Clip Or Not To Clip?
If you’re an avid couponer, you know that coupons are not hard to come by. You find them all over the place, and after awhile you have a massive pile that is taking up residence on your desk, your dining room table or even the floor.
It’s an overwhelming feeling when you think “it’s going to take me forever to clip all of those”. The sad truth is that it actually does take forever to clip a huge mountain of coupons.
So that’s why I’ve decided to stop clipping them.
Clip What You Will Use
Instead of clipping every single coupon that you find in coupon inserts and receive from online coupon websites, just clip the coupons that you know you will use for sure.
For me, this is all of my high value coupons that will usually get me free or very cheap items. For you, your family might go through a lot of bread, so you will clip all of your bread coupons. Which coupons you clip depends on you and your family. Just because someone else is clipping coupons for cream cheese, if you don’t use the stuff, don’t bother clipping those coupons.
So, what do you do with all of the coupons that you have chosen not to clip?
I store all of my extras in a large file box in my office. That way, if there happens to be a great sale or promotion – something that makes certain items very cheap or free – I still have the coupons. They just aren’t taking up valuable real estate in my coupon binder.
Clip Them All
If you have the time, you may want to clip every single coupon that comes your way. It is great to be able to have all of your coupons in one place (usually something portable, like a coupon binder, so that you can bring it with you when you go shopping) – you will always know where to find them!
If you do wish to clip all of your coupons, I would suggest having some sort of clipping routine, to make things easier. This is my coupon clipping routine:
1. Clip all of your coupons as you receive them. I usually get coupons every day or two in my mail box and then once every few weeks in the newspaper. By clipping those coupons on the day they arrive, I save myself the headache of having to clip every single one of them in a single day. 20 minutes a day is better than an hour or two once a week, in my opinion.
2. Designate one day per week to organize your coupons. Notice I said organize and not clip. Your clipping should be done as you receive your coupons, if possible. On your organizing day, you should go through your pile of coupons that you’ve clipped, separate them by category (or however you normally file your coupons) and then file them away.
I like to clip my coupons while I’m watching TV, but there are other ways to sneak in coupon clipping time.