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I use to have a larger coupon collection, but over the last year or so I have been using both less coupons and more electronic based coupons like Target Cartwheel and Ibotta, and the Meijer Mperks program.
As a result my coupon collection has shrunk to the point that I don’t need the larger coupon organization system I once used.
Up until last week I was just throwing them in a small pouch in my purse, but it was frustrating, as I had to go through the whole pile just to find the one coupon I wanted.
When I was decluttering the other day I stumbled upon this Vera Bradley wristlet that I got at a yard sale and a thought came to me. The wristlet is long enough to fit envelopes, and tall enough for most coupons. It was also wide enough to fit an organization system of some sort.
So a few days later I went to work in transforming my wristlet that I wasn’t using into a coupon organizer I would use.
I got out our supply of envelopes from the cupboard and then cut one down to size. I wanted it it fit comfortable within the wrislet so that I could still zip it up with ease.
I used a pair of scissors to cut out the first one but once I had a template made I got out the …..
small paper cutter which made cutting the envelopes go quickly and accurately (I don’t cut straight without the aid of a paper cutter 🙂 )
When I was done I had a dividers for my tiny coupon organizer.
Finally I sorted my coupons into categories and then labeled my envelopes. I kept my labeling simple using pen directly on the top corner of the envelope but you could get more fancy with sticky labels that could act like tabs.
My categories are, Great Clips, Family Christian, Jo-ann, non-food items, food items, kid food, date night, Bath & Body Works, Meijer , and Store coupons, but you of course can make whatever categories suit your couponing needs.
You don’t have to use a wristlet in fact I would encourage you to use whatever you already own and are not using, like a cosmetic kit that came with a free sample, or ……. I am sure if you did a bit of searching you will find something in your house that will work.
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