Coupon Conundrum... solved!

>> 1.27.2010

Remember my embarrassing mess-O-coupons I called my wallet... and my resolution to get those things organized and under control?? Well, thanks to a little weekend shopping excursion (I told you it was a good one!), I've found a solution!

After reading everyone's suggestions, scouring Google for ideas, and analyzing my coupon keeping habits, I decided the accordion method would be the best one for me!

I know, why didn't I try this idea before? Well, you see... I did try it with this little neon green Dollar Spot (Target) purchase a few years back. The problem was that the "try" really only consisted of me taking the thing home and letting it collect dust.

I needed something better... something prettier... something with a little added motivation...

That's why I snatched this baby up at Marshalls as soon as I laid my eyes upon it. Although the price tag was significantly higher ($5) than my $1 neon accordion, I knew that the mini-splurge would be worth the added motivation to take action on my resolution. It's like buying a new outfit to go workout in or springing for the sweet smelling soap to do the dishes with.

I used my label maker to create a spot for each type of coupon I collect:

*use ASAP!... for the deals that are about to expire
*weekly grocery... the coupons that I know I'll need at the store that week
*grocery etc... the coupons for things like toothpaste that I might want in the future
*retail... for the fun stuff :)
*restaurants & services... for the BOGO dinner deals or $10 off oil change
*receipts... safekeeping for the receipts on things I might return

The little attached notepad was what really sold me. I knew it would be a perfect place to keep my lists...

The "No Buy" list always keeps me in check. It's where I write down all of the "even if it's on sale for 90% off, YOU DON'T NEED IT" things that aren't going home with me. (and yes, it rhymes with "No Fly" for a reason)

The "Looking For" list reminds me to check the sale section for the things that I do need. These are usually the things that I could use, but don't go on specific shopping trips to get. Keeping the "Looking For" list in mind helps me find great deals on things before buying them becomes a necessity.

I'm really excited about finally coming up with a (fun) solution! Anyone else have any ways to make boring tasks seem a little more fun?

I'm linking this post up with two of my favorite parties...
The Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home

and Victory of the Week over at Design-aholic (on Friday).

You should really think about joining in! I really enjoy these two because I feel like the attendance isn't too overwhelming and you actually get a chance to read what everyone else shares.


Kate @ Twenty-Six To Life January 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

That's the cutest little organizer! I am awful about coupons, to the point where I've just stopped using them because I couldn't keep them organized (I even tried the little accordian thing too!). I hope this works for you! I may have to keep my eye for something like to see if it gets me back on track.

Amanda January 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

I might copy your label names. A huge part of my organization problem is that I never know what categories to even make. I would probably make a category for "yogurt" and another one for "mascara". Duh! Bookmarking this post for when I go get my own little coupon organizer. Thanks!

Meg January 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

Oh my gosh. SO cute and genius! I have an accordian organizer and am so copying you!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Kate January 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

Maybe if I had something that cute I would actually remember to use coupons!

CC January 27, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

I am so trying to organize and do better shopping. I've begun to look at it as a challenge, as to how much money I can actually save at the store. The other night, I ran in for just a few things and the bill was $57.83. I was stunned, realizing that I didn't really have to have any of it. When I got home and saw the coupons still on the table, because I had forgotten them.. I made a promise to myself that this wouldn't happen again..and it won't. I know everything didn't on sale, or doesn't have a coupon, but if I don't use the coupons I have..I just might as well light my money on fire. arghhhh, I'm still upset with myself.

Goodbye Dallas Hello World January 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

I love it! It definitely beats my systems of a manilla envelope. I'm definitely jealous of both this and those sweet boxes you scored from home depot!

WhimsAndInconsistencies January 27, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

Adorable! I think I've seen things like that at Hobby Lobby too.

Katie January 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

I love your coupon idea! Thanks so much for sharing, it's adorable and easy to use. I might have to get me one of those.... :)

Rebekah @ Shell Blog January 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

the hubby is trying to get our coupon situation organized, so i'm passing this post on to him! lol i lovelovelove that little organizer...i'm going to be on the lookout for something similar!!!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog January 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

I just bought it at Marshalls... there's a good chance that yours will have some in stock!

Carmie January 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

I love your No List! How funny. Mine would include jewelry, vases, scarves and candles! Great job!

Flavia @ Estilo Home January 27, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

I absolutely love this! I actually have the same Target accordion file, which I bought to organize coupons, and have also never used it! This little book makes so much sense as you can keep the list right with the coupon. Genious!

micah @ the yellow front door January 27, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

What a cute little organizer! I love that it also has a notepad. Hooray!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty January 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

So cute! I really need something smaller to organize coupons because currently they just sit at home and don't get used. Off to Marshalls!

Lauren January 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

I have that same thing!! I LOVE it and use it all the time!

Emily @ Waldo Bungie January 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I loooooooooove that organizer! I vow to go to TJ Maxx tomorrow as I currently am with the Dollar section accordian file like yours! Not such a chic system. Thanks for the tip!

Jenny January 28, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

Love it! Such a great idea! Especially with the notepad as a reminder. I wish we had more coupons here in Germany so I could get organized like that ;-)

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life January 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

That is the cutest little accordian I've ever seen! I love your "no buy" list idea... I need to follow suite...

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman January 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Kasey - can you explain how the VOTW and Penny Pitching Party things work? Do you just link to them?

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog January 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

@Kristi~ VOTW and Penny Pinching are just two blog parties hosted through blogs I like to follow.

Linking is super simple! All you do is go to their blog the day of one of the parties and click on the "Mcklinky" where it says, "You are next... click here to enter your link." Just write in a title for your link and paste in the url (http://.....) for the post you want to share (not your general blog url). *Most blogs only leave this portion open for a day or so.

The polite thing to do is to help the host out by linking to their blog on your post then visiting other blogs that linked to the party. I hope to see you linked up with one in the future!

SeeJaneGetRich January 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

That notepad is the best part! I love the funky design too.

Alexis L. of One Grand Home January 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

You're so terribly well-put together. I hope this works for you. Very cute.

design_aholic January 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

Love those colors! I have that neon accordion too. I stopped using it because it wasn't pretty. Ha! Seems like you solved that- good find!

Thanks for linking up your victory for VOTW @ Design-Aholic. Make sure to come back again, I can't wait to see what you have next!


Jen February 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

That is so great! I need one of those, my coupons are a mess.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys February 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

I need one of those! THAT EXACT ONE!!!! You have some great ideas Kasey...

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