Having seen the huge savings that people can get from clipping coupons, I decided to try it too. Of course, up here in Canada, we don't have those double your savings deals that are available in some states.
I've been saving a few dollars here and there, but nothing even close to getting the whole shopping cart for free that they show on tv. No big deal, a few dollars off is better than nothing.
The main problem though is having a place to organize the coupons. I was using this:
I think it's a small cancelled cheque holder - got it at the $ store ages ago. But even though it's got quite a few slots, it's hard to find the coupons because they are all smooshed together:
and you have to take them out of the pocket to browse through them. After a few frustrating weeks of this, I finally searched online and found this: Make a Coupon Binder.
I tweaked it a bit so as not to spend any actual money:
- To prevent the coupons falling out, I re-used an old zippered time management calendar binder instead of an elastic band
- For the pages, I found some photo insert pages (remember those? they have a slot for a 3.5 photo - who even uses them these days?). They used to be quite expensive, but I had a pile of unused ones. I think the size is better than the baseball card inserts.