WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Some people say they want to save money but say they don't have time to cut coupons.
That can be a fair argument since clipping coupons can take up an entire day! But, did you know there are different methods to couponing? Couponers even have terms for the varied ways.
One popular method right now is the binder method. This is when you cut out coupons and store them like baseball cards. It's a good method, especially if you are an impromptu shopper and just have to get all the deals.
But, if you don't have the time, like Jenny from Southernsavers.com, then you may want to try the accordion file method. That's when you keep the coupon inserts whole. You mark the date on the front so you can easily read it. Then, you cut the coupons out of that insert as the deals roll out. How do you know if a deal is happening? Most couponers look to each other. They look at each others' blogs or they go online to the store's website to match up the deals themselves.
If you're like me and Amanda from The Frugal Beach Bum Blog, you do a little bit of both. Amanda buys multiple papers and she cuts up one insert to store in a binder (because she says she's "visual") and then leaves the rest in the whole insert form.
Remember, you just need to find the method that works for you, but there's always time to save money!
If you're interested in making your own binder, simply buy a 3-ring binder and baseball card inserts. The best binder is one that zips so your coupons don't fall to the ground. That happened to me at a store (when I first started), and that was embarrassing. Good luck!