To solve that problem, I decided to start writing the insert date on the front of the entire insert and filing it together in a page protector in my coupon binder.
But how do I find coupons in the insert?
There are 2 ways that I find the coupons when I need to use them:
- Search the Coupon Database - when I need to purchase something and I'm looking for a coupon that I can use with it, I search the coupon database. I can search by any attribute such as brand, products, etc and the database will list various printable coupons that are available as well as the insert date and name (such as 1/27 S - or the Smart Source insert that came in the paper on 1/27)
- Store Matchups on my favorite Coupon Blogs - there's likely a blog out there that lists the coupons with the sale products for virtually any store you visit. All coupon matchups list the date and insert in the matchups.
When I clip out coupons in anticipation of using them at a store, I put them in a store-specific envelope. For example, if I'm planning out my trip to Rite Aid, I'll take notes of what I wish to purchase and what the prices and deals are. Then, I'll clip the coupons and insert them with my list into a Rite Aid envelope (just a plain envelope).
What about "Other Coupons"?
The only drawback that I see to not clipping and organizing all coupons when you get them is the lack of flexibility when I'm at the store. If I see something on clearance, I may not have a coupon with me. However, I feel like it also keeps me from making any impulse purchases, because I wouldn't want to come home and find out that I had a coupon after the fact!