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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Coupon Sorting Mat



One other thing I made to go with my new Binder coupon organizer is a coupon sorting mat--It is just a big piece of newsprint paper that I divided into the categories I use. I fold it up and keep it in the back pocket of my binder. When I am cutting coupons I sort them on this mat before inserting them into my binder. It makes for a quicker easier process. This is something I've done before, I used to file alphabetically with my old coupon wallet, now I do it by store aisle. I've seen a name brand coupon organizer that uses a similar sorting mat, I didn't copy this idea however I think its just a common sense thing. Mine of course is not so fancy, but its a great homemade 'semi frugal tool'.

18 comments:

  1. brilliant! thanks for the great idea!

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  2. Hi Laurel, thanks! I do think it speeds things up immensely and stores simply and was pretty close to free to make it. :) A 'semi frugal' gem. Mary

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  3. I was just thinking you could use a nice, large rectangle of plain light-colored fabric and a Sharpie to mark the rectangles; any scrap will do. Folds easily to put in my coupon binder. I cut them on the bus and sort them when I get home.

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  4. that's an excellant idea! Cloth would hold up very well. I only use my paper mat on the kitchen table probably once every couple weeks--as I don't get them all cut and sorted every week- so its still pretty much like new. I fold it up and keep in a pocket in my coupon organizer. cloth would be great though--if you were a sewer you could even make your lines on your sewing machine-maybe zizzag them or something. Or even a patchwork mat. :) I never really gave that all much thought--but I like it. Mary

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  5. The mat is a wonderful idea. I have a couple of older placemats I could use. Won't be able to fold as small but I wouldn't have to buy anything.
    Pam

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  6. Yes it is a great help. Even now when I don't sort my coupons as much as I used to I still use a sorting mat. Lately I have done coupons different--I save inserts and cut them when I need them--using Grocery Game or Coupon Mom to tell me which ones I need. I then sort them and use Couponizer to take them to the store. Couponizer comes with a sorting mat too--its not the same as my handmade one--its organized with different categories than I used but works great with their product.

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  7. I am a true beginner just bewildered at starting to organize! I love the mat and I am wondering ...
    Can you then insert them into coupon dividers, if so how do I set these dividers up for the most success?

    I think maybe it would be helpful to me to create pockets for my mat thus filing and orgaizing in one step. You could fold and go ... any thoughts???

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  8. Actually--yes you would want to store the coupons in some sort of organizer after you sort them-- your idea is interesting.

    I've changed my coupon methods alot since I wrote that post. I generally don't even cut mine anymore unless I plan to use them that day. I keep the entire little booklet of coupons--called an 'insert' in the Sunday paper--in a file box by date. Then I just pull out the insert I need after I find out from Grocerygame.com or Couponmom.com which coupons I need and which inserts they are in. I do still use a mat sometimes--for sorting loose coupons, but not much.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this, I need to make one of these.

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  10. It is handy, thats for sure. Glad to be of service spotts!

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  11. Look for a puzzle mat at Target that rolls up incase you can't file your coupons away right after cutting them.

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  12. You could also use an old shower curtain and cut it to size. It will fold beautifully and you could use it anywhere.

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  13. Y not just use a shoe holder. You know the plastic one for the back of the door.

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  14. IM SO GLAD I SAW THAT EXTREME COUPONING SHOW ON TLC. I have 8 children im i never get to save money at the food store it seems or have no time to clip coupons but i am going to make it happen now. lol thabk you for the mat hint and im using the two websites u put in post. i started using a shoe box for coupons the other day. just need to figure out how to collect the coupon books now or papers without breakin my bank. thanks for any ideas. (im on FB if anyone has one under (couponsfor8kids@aol.com)

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  15. I love the mat idea but I am new to couponing and have to research an idea to death before I really implement it! So I am currently just keeping the whole insert (because I've lost some of the coupons if I don't).Because I'm new I'm starting to realize that I know that I should have saved a certain coupon when I started but didn't know to do so. Is there a way I can find some kind of archive or suggestions of good coupon sites? Thank you in advance! And I'm not at the point where I want to pay a site to find it

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  16. There are free coupon databases online too. :) This post has never died. I no longer use this blog, my new one is http://pokeberrypatch.blogspot.com
    folks are invited to visit. I don't talk coupons much anymore, but its still a fun blog.

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