Back in the day (my day) when I started collecting coupons I had a small box I kept them in. Back then, coupons hardly ever expired...it was great because you could save them forever, well, almost. But then, I got lots of coupons from my family (they saved them for me) and I had to graduate to a bigger box. And that worked for a very long time for me. I just pulled out which coupons I needed and off to the store I went. We didn't buy anything unless I had a coupon and since I didn't take all my coupons with me I only bought what I coupons for. I thought I did pretty good at it, but I don't know. I'm not nearly as good as some of the 'queens' of today. I try, I really do. But.....
Then the years rolled by, the kids moved out and I stopped couponing. Dh and I would just go out and eat..it was easier because it was just the two of us and I didn't have to spent hours in the kitchen preparing food. But then a few years ago, when the ecomony fell, gas went up, well, I found my coupon box and decided it was time to get back doing this. So I used my box for awhile and then I went online to see how couponers were saving their coupons and everyone was using a coupon binder. Oh my goodness. Whatever had to the index card boxes we used to keep things in? LOL....okay, so I ordered me a biner online and started setting it up. I thought it takes much more time filing my coupons then putting them in a box. But, I got it all done and took it to the store a few times and I felt it was so bulky. And truly, I was sorta embarrassed to carry this huge note book around with me. I don't know why. Once I took it with me and my daughter shopping and my daughter was making fun of me and saying how embarrassed that looked. Ok, I know she was teasing me, but still, it was weird.
So, I went to Staples to see if I could find a smaller binder and I did find something that I really liked a lot. I made it work; it as small and easy to carry around. I could fit quite a few coupons in it, too. But last night I was clipping coupons...online coupons, paper coupons and then I had too many to fit in my small binder. Frustrated, I looked at that huge, green binder and I said to it, "well binder, it looks like we are partners again" and here I am working to transfer all my coupons to the big binder again. I think I drive myself crazy!
You can see my small binder at the top of my big binder. Now, I have to find a new used for it. LOL
I've been using coupons for just about everything. As soon as I get my receipts together I'll post my savings.