Colour code system:
When I get my coupons, before I file them in my binder, instead of highlighting or circling the expiry date, I apply a small colour coded label dot which represents the month it expires. I only put it on 1 of each coupon – then file and use from behind leaving the one with the dot in place whenever possible. I have a legend to show which colour is which month.
Every month I go through, remove that colour that has expired. I then move ones expiring soon to the front page of that section (food, body, cleaning etc) that way I am constantly reminded that I am looking for a sale on that item. For me this system works great, it adds a step initially but in the long run it helps prevent coupons from going to waste.
Anything I won’t use in time goes in a pile for a swap.
For this year I have Dots & x on some colors because I didn’t have enough different colors. but I found them at Walmart last week so going forward I’ll have neon in the regular colors and I have enough to do the year
This post was written by Natalie Leslie, one of our Facebook page Admins.
Here is an updated version of Natalie’s system.