So, I decided to go on Ebay and get a whole bunch of coupons for an "instant coupon stash." I got 3 lots of 100+ coupons for less than $2.00 per lot, including shipping. Not bad, eh? But, since the coupons came already clipped, I needed a simple way to organize them all so that I could easily transfer them into my binder (which I hadn't even bought yet!)
At first, I was thinking I would just make some labels for categories out of masking tape and stick them to my coffee table. But then I realized that 1.) I will probably need to organize coupons on a regular basis, and 2.) I didn't want to always have masking tape on my coffee table, nor did I want to have to set up the system each and every time I wanted to organize my clipped coupons. I needed something permanent. It also needed to be handy and easy to take out and put away.
Then I remembered we had a very old Candy Land game board collecting dust in our basement since the kids have long grown out of little kid games, and we no longer had the game pieces anyway...they had been using it to play with clay at the kitchen table for the last several years.
So I got the board out and using my handy dandy label maker (you could also use masking tape) I created labels that would coincide with the main categories in my coupon binder.
Now that I've graduated to "savvy couponer" status, and I'm getting 5 Sunday newspapers per week, that means I have a lot of coupons to clip and organize. Using my coupon organizing board, I can just sort the coupons as I clip them.
If you don't happen to have an old game board lying around, you can always buy used games for next to nothing at garage sales and thrift stores.
I hope this idea helps to make your coupon clipping and sorting go super fast!
I also have a trick to clip coupons faster.
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