How to Create a Coupon Organizer Christel Longoria
Technical Communication, Module 3
February 20, 2011
Professor Cari Ogden
Introduction: Finding information about coupons online is very easy. There are several blogs and other coupon sites that will explain in detail ways to use coupons. Therefore, coupons are easy to find and easy to use. However, in order to use them efficiently, an effective organization system is required. The organizer detailed in these instructions will be easy to create as well as require a minimum amount of time and money. This organizer is also completely customizable and can be adjusted to the user’s needs very easily. Clipping coupons is easy. Finding a way to store them and use them is more difficult. With this organizer, couponing will be easy and efficient. Staying organized is the key to using coupons and saving money! Warning: Clipping coupons will require the ongoing use of scissors. Please be careful when using scissors.
Material and Equipment Needed
Pictured above from left to right, top to bottom: 1 White 3Ring Binder, Baseball Card Protectors Sheets for a 3Ring Binder, Dividers for a 3Ring Binder, Coupon Inserts from the Newspaper, Pencil Pack for a 3Ring Binder, Pen, and Scissors.
Note: Baseball card protector sheets can be found at Walmart. Step 1: Cut out all needed coupons from the newspaper inserts.
Step 2: Separate the coupons into general categories based on preference. (For example: Dairy, Bread, and Pet Food.) These categories are decided on by the user; therefore this can be fully customized to the user’s needs.
Step 3: Write the categories on the divider tabs and insert them into the dividers.
Note: Write the category name on both sides of the divider in order to quickly flip to that category no matter where the organizer is opened to at the time. These categories are not set in stone! Once the organizer has been in use for a couple of months, the user can determine if these categories work or not, and then change them if needed.
Step 4: Insert completed dividers into the 3ring binder.
Step 5: Insert two or three baseball card protectors in between each divider.
Step 6: Insert the coupons into the baseball card holder pockets in the appropriate categories.
Note: The coupons may need to be folded in order to fit in the pockets.
Step 7: Place pencil holder at the beginning of the 3ring binder, and place the pen and scissors in the holder for storage.
Note: The pencil holder can also serve as a place to hold the coupons that you plan to use once you are at the grocery store.
Step 8: Create a cover page for your organizer.
Have fun with this step!
The organizer is now complete!
This organizer can now be taken to the grocery store with the user. A 3 ring binder fits nicely into the child seat of the shopping cart. The user can easily flip to and find all of their coupons.
Be prepared to get a lot of questions from other people at the grocery store! Everyone will want to know how to create their own coupon organizer!
Maintenance: Periodically, the user will need to sort through their coupon organizer and remove all of the expired coupons. The user will also need to add new coupons as they are clipped.
Where to find coupons:
• The Newspaper •
Magazines such as All You
Coupon websites such as SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com, and Coupons.com.
• Blogs such as SimpleSavingSavvy.net and CouponCloset.net
Warning: Research the grocery store’s policies on coupons. They are all different and the user must know the policy before shopping in order to maximize savings!