Buying Coupon Inserts and Clipped Coupons online – What’s the deal?

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One of the most frequently asked questions on our facebook chat group is WHERE CAN I BUY COUPONS?

This is a very touchy subject for many because not long ago there was widespread deletion of some very popular facebook couponing groups and it was suspected that the groups were deleted due to the sale of coupons within the group.   There is no way for us to know for sure what the reason was, however, it has almost completely stopped discussions on buying or selling coupons on facebook.

Just as with any other industry, there are “bad apples” out there.  

One of the reasons that I personally do not allow discussions in my facebook groups is because it is very hard for me to monitor who is “legitimate” and who is a “scammer”.  When you have a large group of couponers in one place it would be very easy for someone to pop in, offer inserts, collect a payment via paypal “friends & family” and never deliver.  When that happens, you are out of luck with no way to follow up or find the person to get reimbursed.  This causes a wave of negativity in a group which was designed to HELP you SAVE MONEY not waste money and no one has time for all of that nonsense.   I am not sure if this was the reason that facebook intervened and deleted these groups or what exactly happened, but I for one prefer to deal with known businesses or suppliers that have a good proven track record, not just a random person on facebook that I have never seen before.

Why would someone WANT to buy coupon inserts or clipped coupons?  

There are many reasons why someone would want to purchase coupon inserts from a supplier rather than purchase their local Sunday paper directly.  Coupon values are regional which means that not all areas get the same coupons in their inserts.  One area might get a $1.00/1 coupon in their area and the newspaper in the next town 5 miles away got a $.25/1 coupon.  Some areas such as Tampa, Florida no longer carry the RedPlum inserts in their newspapers.  Some newspapers are inconsistent with having ALL coupon inserts in them each week.   There are many reasons that might come into play.

For many, the simple VALUE of not having to track down papers each week, sorting them and recycling the leftover parts of the paper is the number one reason that they want to buy inserts!

How does it work and where do these companies get their inserts from?  

Legitimate Insert Sellers such as Insert Insanty (Tampa based) simply buy the newspapers on your behalf, remove the whole coupon inserts from them and send them to you via USPS Priority Shipping.  It’s really that basic.  They send you the coupon inserts that they get from their newspapers.  As stated on their website, “it is no different than giving your brother in law twenty bucks when he is heading to the store and asking him to pick up newspapers for you.”  They are purchasing the papers, doing the sorting for you and sending them directly to your door.

Is it cheaper to BUY inserts rather than just purchasing the newspaper? 

It depends.  In many areas your Sunday newspaper is well over $2.00 each, other areas are much cheaper.  Keep in mind however, if you are having inserts mailed to your door 2-3 day priority the shipping cost alone for that is $5.75+ which will be added to your cost.  It most cases it would not pay for you to purchase just two inserts from a service.  You usually see the best value when you purchase at least 6-10 of each insert weekly.  Many people also will get a group together to place one order to spread out the shipping cost between the group.

How do I find reputable companies or suppliers to purchase my inserts or clipped coupons? 

That is the question of the day!  Honestly, I personally try to do research on anyone that I plan to do any type of business with.   Again, as with any type of business, there are good ones and bad ones and often it is just trial and error.   I have dealt with both Insert Insanity and WizClipz for many years and have never had an issue.  I have found that they are not the “cheapest” out there, but their service has been reliable.

In preparation for this post, I asked my group of 18k couponers in my facebook chat group who they recommend and these were the companies or individuals that the majority suggested.   Keep in mind that I do not have personal experience with many of these, I am simply passing on the information that I gathered.  Please do your own research prior to purchasing:  

Online Companies for Whole Inserts

Insert Insanity

TheCouponClippers

Coupon Universe

OCALA INSERTS
(local pick up and ordering)

Link2Savings

SundayCouponInserts

CaprisCoupons

WholesaleCouponInserts (Bulk Inserts)

Instagram Sellers

CouponUniverse
(ships from Central Florida, also local Orlando pick up)

BlessedWithCoupons_
(ships from NJ accepts paypal goods & services)

VerosCouponPage
(accepts paypal, priority shipping)

 

EarlyInserts
(ships from MA only)

Whole_Coupon_Inserts (bulk inserts only)

LOCAL PICK UP SUPPLIERS (Florida)

OCALA INSERTS
(local pick up and ordering)

Lori’s Coupon Cab – Cape Coral, Florida


CLIPPED COUPON SERVICES

WizClipz

TheCouponClippers

CouponFleaMarket

Sandra Marie Gallway
(trustworthy individual clipper via message for specific coupons)

CouponRoxie10

Klip2Save

I hope that you find this information helpful!  If so, please click SHARE under this post and share with your couponing friends!! We are all looking to save money for our families so it is helpful to share valuable information with each other in the process!  Happy Couponing!!

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Let’s talk about organizing our coupons, GASP!

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Organization hasn’t always been my strong point.  I consider myself more of a “big picture” person, so the idea of having hundreds if not thousands of coupons floating around in my purse or on my counter was not something that I was looking forward to when I first started couponing on a higher level.

I realized very early on that carrying all of my coupons in a small expanding envelope in my purse was not going to work.  I think that I tried pretty much every method of organizing my coupons until I finally realized that the binder method was the best and most practical for new couponers.

This method works really well when you first start couponing because it puts all of the coupons in individual categories which makes it super easy to find the coupons that you need.   I have pocket dividers in the front of my binder with the store’s that I regularly shop at (Publix is first of course) and I put the weekly flyer for each store in that pocket for easy reference.  My coupons are then organized by department based upon the layout of my Publix Store:  Health & Beauty, Dairy & Cold, Canned & Boxed, Snacks & Drinks and Household.  This keeps everything very tidy and easy to access.

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As you are building your initial stockpile of the things that your family uses and needs, it is important that you have your coupons easily accessible.
Building a really good stockpile takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks depending on how frequently you shop and if you are getting in on all of the deals as they come up. 
You will find that during this “Building” phase, your binder will grow really really fast, almost bursting at the seams as you are clipping, printing and grabbing every coupon that you see.  This can get overwhelming, but rest assured, it won’t always be this way if you just stick with it.
Eventually what happens, is that you build up a good supply of the items that your family needs and uses, and you begin ONLY purchasing the deals that are necessary to fill in the holes in your pantry.  This is when you really start to notice that you are saving the most money at the register.  Since your pantry is full, the only items that you will need to buy are those items that you family has used that you need to replenish or those items that you intend to donate to your church / food pantry or give to others in need.  This is a great point to be at and trust me, it does not take very long to get there if you focus on building your stockpile in the early stages of couponing.
Once you reach this point, you will realize that you don’t need to carry every single coupon with you at all times, because you don’t need many of the items even if it is a great deal since your pantry is already fully stocked!  This will happen with pasta, cereal, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash and other items.

This is the time to move to the “Insert Method” of organizing your coupons.  Usually people move to this method when they are getting multiple coupon inserts each week.  When you do that, it is WAY too time consuming to sit and clip every single coupon and put them in your binder.  Also, your binder gets entirely too big when you put that many coupons in it each week.  I do know of people that just increase the size of their binder, but in my opinion, this method is much easier.

 

Insert Method

You will begin by creating envelopes or file folders for each week’s inserts.  For example, since there were two inserts in the 1/23 paper, you would have two different folders or envelopes for that week.  They would be labeled 1/23 RedPlum & 1/23 SmartSource  (or abbreviate RP and SS).  If you order your inserts online like I do, they come in a Priority envelope already, so I just write the date on the outside of the envelope and they are already neat and tidy!

Once you have them neatly placed in an envelope or file folder, now its time to decide how you would like to store these.  There are many options to consider depending on space and decor.  I have a small file cabinet next to my chair that I thought would be wonderful (and it was) but personally I prefer to buy square baskets with lids or square ottomans when I see them on clearance for under $5.00, they work perfect and you can’t tell what is inside them!!

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Note that there are dividers for each week inserts labeled for easy access
I try to keep things as simple as possible and prefer to try to use something that looks like it belongs in the house so that I don’t have a bunch of plastic containers stacked up. 
I have a large basket with a lid that fits file folders in perfectly and I have several different foot ottomans that I find every now and then on clearance for around $5.00 that I use as well.  These come in all different colors so watch for them!  Target has these in their  home decor area and clearance out the old print when bringing in new prints:
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Looks like a regular foot ottoman, but inside are my mailing envelopes neatly lined up by date for easy access.  No need to buy file folders or envelopes!(I date the mailing envelope and just stack them right in the ottoman and cover!)

 
Make sure that you DATE the outside of the insert so you can just flip to it and know what the date is instead of having to  read the tiny print on the side of the insert.
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With the insert method, there is still a need for a small binder to keep your peelies, blinkies, tearpad and printable coupons in.  If there is a coupon in that week’s inserts for an item that I KNOW that I would want to buy a bunch of if I found it free or really cheap, I will cut every one of the coupons that I want and put them in my binder.  Otherwise, I just wait until I do the coupon match-ups for that weeks deals, go to the folder or envelope for the week and insert that I reference, and clip the coupons right before going to the store!  If the item is out of stock and I have to get a rain check, I put the coupons that I have clipped into my binder where they belong and put the rain check in the pocket of that particular store (such as Publix).
The insert method can be used instead of the binder method for all coupon inserts if you don’t want to clip coupons at all until you need them.  The problem with that is that you wont have your coupons when you find a deal or go right to them for items that you are planning to buy that are not on sale that week.  Your savings will be less in those cases, but the time that you normally spent clipping is eliminated completely.  You have to decide which works for you.
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COUPON BOX (cutting) METHOD:

I recently moved to the “Coupon Box” method of organization.  Each week, I gather my inserts and lay each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets), I have stapled the in the middle of each coupon but find it easier to staple closer to the top of each coupon.  Then I simply CLIP each set out while they are all stapled together.

What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.

Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently.  Here is a photo of what it looks like set up as I am putting a batch of coupons in their place.

 

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The system above is called the MY COUPON KEEPER SYSTEM.  If you are interested in purchasing a My Coupon Keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.

 

 

Here are some additional organizational options from our readers:

COMBO SYSTEMS – Filing / Binder / Accordion

Many people find that using just ONE organization system isn’t enough to keep things under control.   The solution to that is to use a combination of several systems.    You can file inserts by date, keep a binder for printables, blinkies, tearpads and other miscellaneous coupons then use a small purse accordion file for the coupons you will use in that trip!!

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FILING CABINET or FILING CART

I am always jealous when someone has a really snazzy filing cabinet or cart and keeps it neat and orderly like these!  Most of the time their inserts are filed by date and type in hanging folders and they clip the coupons as they go when a deal pops up!!

 

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MOST SIMPLE SYSTEM

This system is so easy that you simply can’t go wrong.   Valerie separates her coupons by the deals she will be doing then keeps them in separate color coded zipper pouches by STORE!  Although that might not work for those of you with a zillion coupons, this is a really neat, clean and efficient way to carry your coupons for specific deals at specific stores!

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I hope some of these tips will help those of you struggling with keeping your coupons organized or brings you to the next level on handling all of those awesome coupons that we get!!  It is so much fun to get in on the deals and even more fun when you reduce the work that it takes to deal with your coupons!! 

Make sure you check in on our facebook fan page or our facebook chat page to say hi and hang out with all of your coupon freak friends!  We are having a blast over there!

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Monday Inspiration: 5 Tips for Keeping Coupons Organized

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We have all been there. That moment when you seem to be up to your ears in coupons not knowing which are still good and which aren’t. Keeping your coupons organized can be a task, but I have a few suggestions on how to keep things on track!  When you give these coupon organizing tips a try, you will find that keeping your coupons and sanity in place is much easier than you imagined!

5 Tips for Keeping Coupons Organized

1. Choose your method of storage.
A binder, a storage box, or a divided coupon wallet all seem to work well. Do what works for you and your own preferences. The storage item you chose will depend on the amount of couponing you do. No storage method is cut in stone, just use what works for you.  I switch it up every year or so based on the volume of couponing that I am doing.

I wrote an earlier article storage options for your coupons that you will find very helpful.  You can check that out by clicking here.

2. Spend 10 minutes a day organizing.
Set aside ten minutes to go through coupons each day and discard the ones that are expired.  By spending just ten minutes a day, you can be sure you don’t get overwhelmed later.  I know it doesn’t sound like much time, but it really works!

3. Only snip what you will use.
Don’t cut out every coupon you see. You will only get overwhelmed. Instead, stick to the items you know you regularly buy and use. This way, the coupons will be regularly rotated in the process.   Check out the filing method here.

4. Keep your MUST HAVE coupons on you at all times.
If you have a particular item that you KNOW you will buy if you find a hot deal (for me that is Bailey’s Creamer), keep these coupons on you at all times!   This can be either in your purse by using a small organizer, in a binder or in your car. This way when you come across a great sale, you have the coupons on you and can strike while the iron is hot!

5. Make it fun.
Decorate your binder or storage item, use colorful labels, include inspirations on the inside, etc. By making the process fun, you will find it to be enjoyable and more productive!

Give these 5 tips for keeping your coupons organized a try. You will find them easy to follow and great for keeping yourself inspired to keep couponing!

Make sure you check out my post on the different ways to organize your coupons.  We have photos from some of our readers as well as descriptions on how to get started!  You can check that out by clicking HERE.

Happy Monday, friends!

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Case-It 3″ zipper binder just $17.99! Great coupon binder!!

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If you are looking for a COUPON BINDER, this is the one to grab!!

When I first started couponing and was building my stockpile, it was necessary for me to carry all of my coupons with me so that I didn’t miss a deal.  I liked to visually see the coupons that I had and LOVED my coupon binder!

In my quest to find the BEST coupon binder on the market, I came across this Case-It 3″ Zipper binder that has the 5 tab expandable pockets and pencil holder built right in.   It comes in many different colors, mine was red and I LOVED IT!

 

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I used the expanding folder feature on the left to keep track of my Publix Advantage Flyers and coupon booklets that I found.  It worked out great!!

When I bought my binder they were MUCH more expensive, but I noticed that you can pick them up now on Amazon for $17.99 and have it shipped right to your home.

CLICK HERE to check out the Case-it Large Capacity 3-Inch Zipper Binder!

When I put my binder together, I used baseball card holders for my coupons and that worked well, however, I noticed that there are several companies that now sell sleeves in different sizes JUST FOR COUPONS!!   If you choose to use regular baseball card holders, they can be found at Walmart or Target near the trading cards for approximately $5-$6 for a pack of 30.

If you want to check out a couple of other options click here:

Coupon Binder Pages – Starter 20 Page Assortment + Bonus Sleeve

ORGANIZING YOUR COUPONS

One of the very most important things to couponing effectively is to have a system to store your coupons so that you can easily find them when you need them. Most people find the BINDER METHOD to be the best when starting out.  This method works really well when you first start couponing because it puts all of the coupons in individual categories which makes it super easy to find the coupons that you need.   I have pocket dividers in the front of my binder with the store’s that I regularly shop at (Publix is first of course for me) and I put the weekly flyer for each store in that pocket for easy reference.  My coupons are then organized by department based upon the layout of my Publix Store:  Health & Beauty, Dairy & Cold, Canned & Boxed, Snacks & Drinks and Household.  This keeps everything very tidy and easy to access.

Instructions to assemble your Coupon Binder:

The first section is the store section, you will use the heavy-duty pocket dividers and label them based on the stores that you will regularly coupon visit.  My pocket dividers are labeled:  Publix, Winn Dixie, CVS, Walmart & Target . These will hold the weekly sales fliers for each store as you get them on Sunday.

The Second Section is for the department dividers.  You will need a minimum of FIVE and label them:  Health & Beauty, Dairy & Cold, Canned & Boxed, Snacks & Frozen, Household.

Behind each divider will be 3-5 pages of baseball holders (or coupon sleeves) to keep your coupons from that category.  One package of 30 will get you started with your new binder.

As you are building your initial stockpile of the things that your family uses and needs, it is important that you have your coupons easily accessible.  Building a really good stockpile takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks depending on how frequently you shop and if you are getting in on all of the deals as they come up.

You will find that during this “Building” phase, your binder will grow really fast, almost bursting at the seams as you are clipping, printing and grabbing every coupon that you see.  This can get overwhelming, but rest assured, it won’t always be this way if you just stick with it.   You can find more information on this topic on our blog under the category COUPON TIPS and Organizing your Coupons.

Your binder will become your new best friend!! Take pictures when you set up your binder to share with everyone on our chat page!!

Make sure you check in on our facebook fan page or our facebook chat page to say hi and hang out with all of your coupon freak friends! Everyone is here to help!!

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Coupon Organization System Review and BIG GIVEAWAY!! You will LOVE this!!!

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OH EM GEEEEE!!! I have been BURSTING AT THE SEAMS wanting to tell you about the new coupon organization system that I have been using, but we were waiting for their new shipment to arrive before I could tell you about it since they were completely sold out!

I LOVE My Coupon Keeper box!  So far, it has been the easiest system that I have used!!

As many of you know, I have used the binder system and the filing system (you can read about those methods here) and I am constantly looking for ways to make things easier and keep my coupons tidy around the house.  The newest trend is the coupon box method and honestly, I can see how this really does make a difference!  I was looking for the most convenient and ready to go system on the market and I found this with the My Coupon Keeper System!   The last time that I mentioned this system was when I was thinking about trying it out myself.  We were discussing it on our coupon chat page  and within an hour or so they sold COMPLETELY out!  If you are thinking about switching to the box method for organizing your coupons, this is the one that I personally recommend.

You can also get 10% off your order by using the coupon code MyCouponExpert (all one word) at check out here.

NOTE:  After inquiring about their product, the awesome people over at My Coupon Keeper sent me one of their Deluxe Systems to try free of charge to allow me to properly review the product and let you all know what I thought about their product.   I did not receive any other compensation for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own (Melissa & Ellie’s thoughts are below as well). 

Let me show you what the My Coupon Keeper system looks like and how it works:

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My Coupon Keeper  is basically a box that holds all of your coupons.

Before you let your mind go nuts about how you can make your own and the ins and outs of switching to the box method, let me tell you what it comes with and how to use it.   To me, this system has been carefully thought out and the designer took into consideration pretty much every detail that we as couponers would be looking for.

The box holds up to 1800 coupons, so there is plenty of room to store all of your coupons.  I personally get SIX sets of coupon inserts per week so I needed something big enough to hold all of my coupons.  I like to keep my stuff as organized as possible because it will drive me NUTS if I have coupons everywhere.   This system helps me do that and has cleaned up a LOT of space in my house where coupon inserts used to be.

Here is how it works:

Each week, I gather my inserts and lay each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets), I have stapled the in the middle of each coupon but find it easier to staple closer to the top of each coupon.  Then I simply CLIP each set out while they are all stapled together.

What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.

Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently.  Here is a photo of what it looks like set up as I am putting a batch of coupons in their place.

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The system comes with a shopping folder for organization too!

When I am making my shopping list, I will simply go to that category and pull out an already stapled stack of the coupons that I plan to use.  I then take those coupons and put them with my list on the LEFT SIDE of the purse size folder that is included with the Deluxe System.  Once I locate the item in the store, I pull off however many coupons I will be using and move the coupons over to the RIGHT SIDE of the folder and put the rest of them (still stapled) back into my box!  This is so simple and clean!  In the past I had issues with pulling coupons that I planned on using, not finding the item in the store and ended up not putting my coupons back into my binder and having a  big mess.  This completely eliminates that problem.

This is a visual of how you would use the system:

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What the My Coupon Keeper Deluxe system comes with:

The deluxe box is super durable and is divided into two parts, it comes with 48 PVC grade dividers / coupon guides and 55 pre-printed category labels.  It also comes with THREE purse folders that you will move your coupons to when you are shopping before checking out (see photo below).  The deluxe system also comes with reuseable grocery bag so you could carry your system in if you choose (more about that later).    I like how it comes completely ready to go with a full system idea so we don’t have to even think about it.  You get the box, put your labels that they give you on the cards, clip your coupons, put them in the box and go shopping!  That is my kind of system!  It is HANDS DOWN the easiest system to transition into if you are currently doing the binder or file method of coupon organization.  I LOVE IT!

How to carry your coupon box around:

The entire system is really designed to have everything set up where you make your list, pull your coupons, put them in the folder and go shopping.  However, I personally like to take ALL of my coupons with me when I shop just in case an unexpected deal pops up.  I know that most of you do too, so I want to talk about some options.  The box is very transportable as it comes since it has a lock down top and is easy to manage.   The Deluxe System comes with a reuseable grocery bag which you could also use to carry your box around, however, I found the grocery bag to be a little too tall and not quite as manageable as I would like.  I had a tote at my house that my box fit into perfectly that I have been using since I got my box.  I have been looking around for something really special since my coupon binder was like my baby and my coupon keeper has turned out to be my new and improved baby.  After looking around, I have decided that I am ordering a sweet 31 utility tote from a friend of mine who is a 31 consultant.  I think that it will work perfect with the huge pockets on the sides.  This is the bag that I will be ordering and of course I will put “Ima Coupon Freak” on the outside as my embroidery choice 🙂

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If you are interested in purchasing a My Coupon Keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.  Remember, they sold out SUPER FAST the last time we were talking about this, so if you want to grab one now is the time.   If you decide to buy now you can use the coupon code MyCouponExpert (all one word) to get 10% off your order!!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

 

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I was SUPER STOKED when the girls over at My Coupon Keeper told me that they were allowing me to do a GIVEAWAY of ONE MyCouponKeeper Deluxe System!  You will definitely want to enter this contest for SURE!!!

TO ENTER:

My Coupon Keeper is giving away (1) MyCouponKeeper Deluxe System to (1) Lucky Reader! The giveaway ends on 8/11/13 at midnight EST and is open to US residents ages 18+.

To enter this giveaway:

Visit My Coupon Keeper and come back here to comment and tell us your favorite feature.

For bonus methods of entry:

Like My Coupon Keeper and MyCouponExpert on facebook.  Make a comment that you did.

Follow My Coupon Keeper and MyCouponExpert on twitter.  Make a comment that you did.

Like” this post! Make a comment that you did.

Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook (CLICK SHARE under the post on our facebook page) and then come back and let us know that you did.

Come Back Daily and say “I want to organize my coupons” in the COMMENT SECTION of this post on our website for a Daily Method of Entry!


You do not have to be a fan of MyCouponExpert on Facebook to enter this giveaway. This promotion is in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The information is being collected by MyCouponExpert (for giveaway only) and not by Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by MyCouponExpert and MyCouponKeeper and no comments on Facebook will count as method of entry.

 

I can’t wait to hear how much you LOVE your MyCouponKeeper if you decide to order too!!  Remember that you can get 10% off your order by using the discount code MyCouponExpert at checkout when you order from here.

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

 

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Coupon Organization Contest!! Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!!

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I had SO MUCH FUN with this and I know you all did too!  It was so awesome to see all of the different ways that you organize your coupons!  We had some really funny submissions and some SUPER ORGANIZED submissions and everything in between.

There are many ways to organize your coupons and different systems work for different people.   The latest trend is the COUPON BOX,  I will go into more detail on the different styles in another post to break down exactly what people are doing and how they are doing it.  I think you will find this super helpful when deciding which organization system will work for you.

 

So lets get down to business!!

 

and the winners are

 

BIGGEST BULGING BINDER WINNER!

As soon as I saw this photo I thought “WOW that is a big bulging binder” so Angel S. HAS to win that title!  It looks totally organized and well put together but that thing is PACKED FULL!   Great job Angel!!

Angel WINS a T-Shirt and FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons!

 

Angel Smith


PRETTIEST HOMEMADE BOX!

Prettiest Homemade Box Award goes to TRISH H!  I think you did an incredible job with the colors and love that you used wall paper samples to create your mini folders for your box.  Very Creative!!

Trish WINS a FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons and a T-Shirt!

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MOST SIMPLE SYSTEM

This system is so easy that you simply can’t go wrong.   Valerie separates her coupons by the deals she will be doing then keeps them in separate color coded zipper pouches by STORE!  Although that might not work for those of you with a zillion coupons, this is a really neat, clean and efficient way to carry your coupons for specific deals at specific stores!

Valerie WINS a FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons and a T-Shirt!

Valerie Strickland

SNAZZIEST COUPON BAG

Maggie Holley takes the cake on her submission of her coupon bag.  She has this thing decked out to the nines!  A coupon bag operates just like a coupon box, you clip your coupons into sets of like coupons and staple them together (ten capri sun coupons stapled for instance), then you fill them behind dividers in each category.  When you need a coupon for a deal, you just pull out your batch of that coupon and go get your deals!  Nice job Maggie!

Maggie wins FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons and a T-Shirt!!

Maggie Holly

THRIFTY IDEA COUPON BOX

I am LOVING all of Tiffani W’s bright ideas!  She has to be one of the thriftiest and creative people on the page lately.  She submitted this photo of her coupon box that she made from a children’s toy box that she found at a thrift store!  It is bright and colorful and serves the purpose for her just right!  Great job!

Tiffani wins FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons and a T-Shirt!!

 

Tiffani LeViti Wade

FUNNIEST, CREATIVE AND BEST REP FOR MY COUPON EXPERT AWARD

Brett, Brett, Brett.. where do I start with this photo!  There is NO DOUBT that you had to win simply for the entertainment factor of this photo, but you did  REALLY GOOD JOB on creating your coupon bag.  It is hard to tell from this photo, but check out all of his other photos on our coupon chat page, he really is super creative!   Great job Brett!!

Brett wins FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie Coupons and a T-shirt!!

 

Brett

OLDEST SYSTEM IN ALL OF COUPON LAND

When Bill C. submitted his photo, he said he has used this system for the last 23 years.  He deserves a prize.. ’nuff said.

Bill wins FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie Coupons

Bill Carpenter 23 years same system

 

COUPON BINDER WINNERS

This is one of the most POPULAR organization systems for couponers.  If you are a new to couponing and want to have a great system to get started with or you are super organized, this is for you.   With the binder system, you will use a zipper binder (usually) with dividers for each department in your store, you clip ALL COUPONS from your Sunday inserts and you place them in baseball card holders behind each category.   It is a wonderful system since you can SEE all of your coupons and you will have a visual of what you have in your binder.  I used this for a long time and loved it!

Congratulations Jenn W, Kim R, Heather L, Maggie S and Hope A, you win FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie Coupons!

 

Jenn Wood

Kim Richardson

Maggie Slaight

Heather Linquist 2

Hope Allen

BOX FILING METHOD WINNERS

This is an EXCELLENT method to use when you don’t want to clip your coupons until you need them.   You file your inserts by DATE in a file box, when you see a deal listed that you want to score, you look for the date of the insert in the matchups, go to your box, pull the inserts and clip your coupons.  Easy Breezy!

Congratulations Jennifer S., Laurie D., Patti D. and Samantha S., great job, you win FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie Coupons!

 

Box Filing Method

 

COMBO SYSTEMS – Filing / Binder / Accordion

Many people find that using just ONE organization system isn’t enough to keep things under control.   The solution to that is to use a combination of several systems.    You can file inserts by date, keep a binder for printables, blinkies, tearpads and other miscellaneous coupons then use a small purse accordion file for the coupons you will use in that trip!!

CONGRATULATIONS Amy R., Jessica L., Michelle D. and Michelle E., you win FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons!!

 

COMBO

 

FILING CABINET or FILING CART

I am always jealous when someone has a really snazzy filing cabinet or cart and keeps it neat and orderly like these!  Most of the time their inserts are filed by date and type in hanging folders and they clip the coupons as they go when a deal pops up!!

Great job Shona S, Mary J-G & Reginia B you won FOUR $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons!!

 

filing cabinet or cart

RANDOM ORGANIZATION SYSTEMS

Everyone has their own way of managing their coupons, some are simple and some are more involved.  I wanted to share these photos of some different options that were submitted.  At some time or another in your couponing journey you will use some variation of these.  Whether it be a box, a basket, a shelf or a table, we all find our own way!!

Raven D, Kecia C, Tracey P-S and Stefanie M, you each win TWO $5.00/$30.00 Winn Dixie coupons!!

 

Raven Dorminey

Kecia Dixon

Tracy Pomerleau-Shaddix

Stefanie Meling

Congratulations to ALL of the winners and thank you to all that submitted photos!!  If you are a winner, please email me at Caroline@MyCouponExpert.com with your full name and mailing address.  If you won a T-Shirt (Angel S, Trish H, Valerie S, Brett T, Molly & Tiffani) please also include your shirt size.  I will email you back with options for your shirt.  The Winn Dixie coupons will go out in the mail this week and the T-Shirts will take approximately three weeks to arrive once ordered. If you are a winner, you MUST CONTACT ME BY Wednesday 6/12/13 via email or you will forfeit your prize and I will select another winner.

Make sure you check in on our facebook fan page or our facebook chat page to say hi and hang out with all of your coupon freak friends!  We are having a blast over there!

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Coupon Organization System – Almost sold out!

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There has been SO MUCH discussion on our coupon chat page about the coupon box organization method and various options, that I had no choice but to dive in 100% myself.   As many of you know, I have used the binder system and the filing system (you can read about those methods here) and I am constantly looking for ways to make things easier and keep my coupons tidy around the house.  The newest trend is the coupon box method and honestly, I can see how this could really make a difference!  There are a couple of options out there on the market, and you could of course make one yourself, but personally, I wanted to find one that was good quality and came ready to go.. just unpack, know exactly what to do and get myself on track.   I found this with the My Coupon Keeper System!

**I have to WARN you ahead of time, that I spoke with the people over at the coupon keeper and they are EXTREMELY low on inventory, as a matter of fact, they have less than 30 of them in stock right now and will not be getting any more in until late July / early August from the manufacturer.  Just with the discussion that all of us were having on our chat page, they have sold a bunch of them so I am SURE that they will be selling out in the next day or so once I post this article about the product.   BUT.. the good news is, while speaking with them, they gave me a new coupon code that I can share with you which will give you 10% off your order if you decide to grab one of these boxes too!  The coupon code is LASTCHANCE (all one word and case sensitive), enter it at checkout and look right under where you enter the code and click APPLY CODE for it to take the 10% off.**

SO what is the my coupon keeper system?

Keep in mind, this is not an official review of the product, that will come later, this information is what I have found thru my investigating options and talking with all of you that have already bought one and are using it now.

coupon box

First I would like to say that I am SUPER JEALOUS of those of you that have already received your Coupon Keeper Boxes and have been posting your photos on our chat page, they look so awesome and easy to set up!   I have one on the way to me right now and I can not wait to get it and set it all up.  I will be doing an official review of the product after I put mine to use and will also do a giveaway of one too!

Basically a coupon keeper system is a box that holds all of your coupons.  Before you let your mind go nuts about the what if’s let me tell you what it comes with and how I plan to use it and how the others on the chat page are doing theirs.

How I will be doing it and how most people on our page are too:

Since the box holds up to 1800 coupons, we have many options.  I personally like to keep my stuff as organized as possible because it will drive me NUTS if I have coupons everywhere.   I will be taking my inserts each week (I currently get 6 of each) and laying each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I will then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets) then simply CLIP each set out while they are all together.  What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.   Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently. 

box with clipped coupons

Thanks Apryl Caswell for the photo!

I like the whole idea of it all and can see how it would work PERFECTLY to allow you to carry your coupons with you so you don’t miss a deal, but not have to go through the time consuming process of clipping and filing in a binder with baseball card holders (nothing wrong with that, great system too, just too time consuming for me these days).

The deluxe box is super durable and is divided into two parts, it comes with 48 PVC grade dividers / coupon guides and 55 pre-printed category labels.  It also comes with THREE purse folders that you will move your coupons to when you are shopping before checking out (see photo below).  The deluxe system also comes with reuseable grocery bag so you could carry your system in if you choose (more about that later).    I like how it comes completely ready to go with a full system idea so we don’t have to even think about it.  You get the box, put your labels that they give on on the cards, clip your coupons, put them in the box and go shopping!  That is my kind of system!

This is a visual of how you would use the system which I LOVE:

how coupon box works

If you are interested in purchasing a my coupon keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.  Remember, they are VERY LOW on inventory (less than 30 of them when I talked to them today) and will not be getting more until the end of July to ship in August.   If you decide to buy now before they run out, don’t forget to use your coupon code LASTCHANCE to get 10% off your order.

The other thing that is pretty cool about this box is that it will fit into most tote bags that are out on the market.  The deluxe version comes with a tote bag that you can use, but if you really wanted to switch it up from time to time (I get bored with the same ole same ole) you can switch what you carry it in to the store as you please!

Okay, so if you are ordering your My Coupon Keeper System, remember to CLICK HERE and use the coupon code LASTCHANCE (case sensitive, click on apply code after you enter it).  No pouty faces if you miss it since they have less than 30 left right now.  For those that do miss it, I will let you know when they restock.   I will keep you updated once I receive my box!  They said that shipping is usually only three days so it should arrive sometime this week, I can not wait!!  If you grab one, make sure you post pictures of yours too!!

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