While I don’t really coupon any more, I love the holiday coupons!
What I don’t love is hauling around a bunch of crumpled up pieces of paper in my purse. What often happens is I’m in the store and making my purchase when I remember, Oh, yeah, I have a coupon! Said coupon is usually at home on the kitchen table.
I love the stores kind enough to load the savings on my reward cards. Thank you, CVS and Hy-Vee! However, even my beloved CVS and Hy-Vee sometimes insist on mailing me paper coupons.
My tech savvy should be better but it’s not. I confess I usually print the e-mail coupons even when I know I could just show the bar code on my phone. Sorting through a ton of e-mails on my phone while trying to make a purchase isn’t my style.
So how do I tame the chaos of all those holiday coupons? Make a meticulous plan and go from store to store with coupons sorted and ready? Ha! If you thought that would be my answer, you must be a new reader to this blog. Welcome to a place where things are usually anything but meticulous.
My Trick For Taming The Chaos Of The Holiday Coupons:
I put all my store coupons that I may want to use in my folder. Then, when I’m going to go on a big holiday shopping spree, the folder lands on the front passenger seat of the car.
Upon arrival at each store, I simply take a minute to look through my folder and if I have a coupon, I throw it in my purse.
Having all my coupons in the folder, means if I end up near a store I didn’t originally plan to visit, I don’t have to worry about the coupon sitting on the kitchen table. Usually in December, the folder will simply stay in the car.
Mostly, I limit my coupons to retail but it might also be a handy way to handle the restaurant coupons as well.
Do you use coupons for your holiday shopping? How do you keep track of them?