First, I bought these from Staples. They can withstand a lot more than a regular hanging file, and some components of my system contain some thicker documents.
|Photo from Staples.com|
Behind my heavy duty files I have regular hanging files, which are where I store my coupons. I was previously using the binder and baseball card system to organize my coupons, but I found myself getting discouraged from coupons because I was spending so much time clipping, filing and purging on many coupons that were never used. Since I most frequently find my deals by using blogs such as Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring and The Krazy Coupon Lady who tell you which insert you can find the coupon in I decided to change my organization. I now put a small post it with the date of the inserts on the folder and put the entire insert in the file. When it comes time to make my list I pull out my bin and grab the inserts the bloggers tell me to use. It is so much easier, and I find myself being more motivated to coupon again. If I'm making a big trip to Target I'll quickly browse through my inserts and see if I have any coupons for any of the items on my list. Even though this takes some time, it's a lot quicker and more efficient than the time I was wasting on coupons I never used.