Reader Tracy asks:
I have my coupons grouped by month of expiration rather than category because I used to let them expire before using them. Is there a way to do it that’s the best of both worlds? I hate having to go through all of them to find one I know I have!
In Coupon Organization, I personally feel like the most important element is having your coupons filed in such a way that you can easily find them for multiple purposes, not just expiring ones. It seems to me that to file by expiration date is only going to help you with the expiring coupons and it will probably frustrate you more to try to find the majority of your coupons on any given day.
Here is what I recommend:
1. Use the Coupon Database to find expired coupons. If you want to make sure you are not missing out on the upcoming expiring coupons, you can use my Coupon Database to easily find them. All you do is go to the Faithful Provisions Coupon Database and click on the “Expiration tab” until it gives you the most current date (see the arrow below). Clicking here will list them all out by nearest expiration AND it will tell you where to find them too! See the image below:
2. Keep Favorite Coupons Up Front. Another method to use is to file all coupons by category and place your favorite coupons in the front pouch. Each time you do your grocery shopping you can flip through them to make sure you don’t overlook them in the shuffle.
All in all, I feel like these are much better options than filing by expiration date, because you have more opportunity to use and easily find your coupons.
Anyone else have a suggestion or a method they use to keep from missing out on their favorite coupons expiring? Leave a comment and share your ideas.
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