I found that despite my “clipless” method, I have a lot of clipped coupons floating around. Some are unused from shopping trips, some are the remainders I clip out when my inserts are mostly expired and some I have ordered from a clipping service and need to hold on to (for a good sale or a week when I need to buy the item -like Eggland’s Best eggs)!
I’ll give you a quick tour along with my thoughts and some photos:
There are 3 sections to The Couponizer, the first is for your shopping trip, the second is for filing all of your coupons and the third is for tracking your savings.
The first three pockets are for the current shopping trip. A list in the front pocket, the coupons you are planning to use during this shopping trip and a second coupon pocket for the coupons you are ACTUALLY going to hand to the cashier. So, once you have the item in your cart, slip the coupon over to that pocket.
Right off the bat I found this section very helpful. Rather than trying to hold them separately (in my pockets or hands) or lay them in the cart seat (assuming no children are within reach!) or worse yet, wait until I get to the checkout stand to pick them out. I was able to organize as I went along.
Last in this section is the loyalty card holder…again, very helpful! Each slip pouch will hold two cards.
The next section holds all of your coupons in a pretty extensive list of categories that seems about right for me. This is probably the most difficult area of organization for me when I have to think of my own or when I have to sort them. But I think they did a pretty good job of divvying them up and I only found one thing I wish was different…we need a whole pocket JUST for CVS. SO I adopted one! I’m currently putting everything CVS related in the Shops and Retail pocket (despite what this photo shows). There are labels you can purchase for just $2 that give you the option of re-labeling the pockets to even better suit your needs!
The third and final section is for your receipts, rebate info and Coupon Savings Tracker as well as a place to store the sorting mat. This is also helpful in a way I didn’t think it would be!
In the past my receipts and such end up all over the place! Wallet, floor of the car, in the bag, in the bottom of my purse. This system kind of encourages me to put them in their place.
The rebate pocket is EXTREMELY helpful for keeping all rebate related stuff together. Again, a good reminder.
I don’t have a picture of the sorting mat but I will tell you that it’s helpful for keeping your categories in line with the organizer. They are laid out in the same order and when you are finished sorting you can just flip the book page by page and know exactly what goes where. My only preference here would be for a larger sorting mat but that might not be feasible with the size of the system so…it’s still a great tool!
Overall I’m very pleased with the purchase and I’m excited to continue using it! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the $19.95 price tag but I think it’s worth it! I think it’s helped me keep my coupons straight during shopping trips, find my clipped coupons MUCH easier (resulting in some last minute savings!) and the biggest thing for me…it has kept me on top of my rebates! So far this month I have saved $304.57, submitted $32 in rebate offers (plus a free Color Explosions Mini) and managed to keep it all organized! You can order your Couponizer here!