I have been on a cash only budget kick since the beginning of the year. And a couponing kick. This means I’ve had coupons floating around the house – and never quite all in the place they need to be. I tried the accordion file system – didn’t work. Tried the “only take the coupons you need at that store in an envelope system” and that didn’t work because I’d find deals at the store that weren’t advertised and then wouldn’t have the coupons for it! This week I worked on my final attempt at keeping this SAS (Short Attention Span) Girl in Order.
And you might not want to admit you know me anymore. It might be a little over the edge embarrassing to you. Just warning.
It’s the Amazing SAS Coupon Binder System (which many people use – maybe they all have short attention spans too!)!
I used my personal/”fun” money to buy a cute tote bag at Target:
And put my coupon binder in it. The coupon binder has a set of baseball card sheets in it – and dividers (divided according to category and how I shop at the store). This took me about two hours to do on Sunday afternoon. Since I had gotten the binder for free and had paid about 60 cents for the dividers last fall when they were on clearance, the only cost was the baseball sheets, which were about $6 at Target.
Insert the coupons folded into each slot and you’re set. The reason this works for a spaz like me is that you can see each coupon – instead of flipping through the envelope or trying to remember what you have and what you have already used. If I see it, I am much better at using it.
Case in point: I save $30 at Target today with coupons. The kids were most excited about this:
The Connect 4 game was $10.09 at Target – and I had a $4 off coupon, making it $6. But at Target this week, if you buy select games, you can get a free Scrabble Slam! or Monopoly card game – priced at $5.24. So, for both games, I spent $6.09 total. Even if you don’t have kids, it makes a great gift to have on hand! (For those of you who are couponers – I know there’s also an online Target Hasbro coupon, which you can stack with the manufacturer one.)
I’m sorry if that’s all overboard for ya – I promise not to embarrass you and pull out my binder if we ever go shopping together!