Speed Couponing – (3) How: Scissor Time

Grab that list that you just printed out, get your scissors, coupon booklets and a couple of paper clips.  Set up somewhere that you can spread out.

The first thing to do–if you haven’t already–is make a note on the list when the prices expire (it’s on the top of the lists of all sale items for the store in couponmom.com, but does not print out the expiration date–just the date you made the list).

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On the list, the first column lists the date and booklet that should have the coupon you want. The first two items listed, Del Monte Tomatoes and Avocados do not have coupons.  The next, the Hefty Slider Storage Bags, have a coupon in the 11-01 RP (Red Plum) booklet.  The Halls Cough drops are in the 11-01 Smart Source booklet.

With your coupon file organized, you just need to grab the right booklet from the dated file folder.  Thumb through it and when you find the coupon you want, clip it.  It doesn’t have to be perfectly on the lines (I never trim the margins.)  IMG_1142

It’s helpful to mark your list with how many coupons you have for that item–or cross off the item if you didn’t find the coupon.

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To speed up future clipping sessions, you can list the clipped coupons on the front of the coupon booklet–but the system works fine without doing this.

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Since I find it more efficient to clip all of my coupons at once, I just paperclip them to the appropriate list, put them in an envelope for the specific store or in the store’s page in my coupon binder  (example: Publix coupons in one envelope, Kroger in another, BJ’s in another, etc)  

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Sidenote:  If you have multiple copies of the same coupon booklet, it makes clipping sessions much more efficient if you staple all the same pages together (1st pages together, 2nd pages together, 3rd pages together, etc).  This video shows the process (video under development).

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