This works well whether you’re just beginning or you’re a seasoned couponer. It works well for these reasons:
- Easy and inexpensive to start up
- Easy to file coupons – you just throw them in the envelope
It can be harder to find your coupons as you’ll need to shuffle through the stack within each envelope.
You can use regular business envelopes or whatever size envelopes fit in your container best.
I used a hard-sided photo box that worked pretty well to hold business-size envelopes.
I had about 30 envelopes which were alphabetized A-Z and I split up C folder into two envelopes – CA and CL, and split up the S folder into SA and SL.
I organized by coupons by Brand Name – so Alavert would be in the “A” folder and Zyrtec in the “Z” folder. I did it this way so there wouldn’t be any question as to what folder they were in.
I also had envelopes for:
- To be sorted (for throwing in coupons that you pick up in the store)
- Use Today – for coupons I pulled for a specific sale or deal
- Store Specific – for store coupons such as Target, Albertsons, Safeway, etc.
You can also organize your coupons in envelopes labeled by category. For example, you can have envelopes for frozen food, produce, medicine, etc. See a list of categories used in my binder organization.