Where do I start?
Here you can see one of the category dividers up close. I bought the clear page protectors to insert them into for easy turning. Cause your pages will do a lot of turning!
Next, you will want to buy some baseball card holders for your binder. This allows you to put one coupon in each slot for easy veiwing. I got mine at Walmart, but I am sure many stores sell them. Start off with at least 50. I already need to go buy another pack since all of mine are used up.
I also keep envelopes in the front of my binder with each store's name written on it. When I am planning a trip to that particular store, I pull my coupons that I need and keep them in the envelope for easy access. I also store catalinas (we will get to those later), rain checks, Extra Care Bucks (which I will now refer to as ECB's) in there so I don't lose them.
Wait, is there still more prep work?
Yes, there is! I promise we will get to the fun part of saving a dollar, but there is still more work that needs to be done before we get there.
I set up some accounts that were just devoted to my couponing. A couponing email account and a couponing facebook account where I don't have "friends" on it (yes there are coupons on FB!). I would advise doing this cause as you get going you will be signing up for a lot of websites that send you stuff through email. Don't bog down your main email with all this junk. You will also need this for logging in to many websites to get coupons.
Next you will want to get grocery store club cards. You know those credit card looking things that they ask you for every time you check out? Not only do those little cards allow you to get the "sale" price on items, but you can also electronically load coupons to those cards! So, when you check out, if you have an ecoupon (as they are called) for that item it will automatically be deducted at the register! How easy is that?!?!? I would also advise you to get a CVS card as well to earn your Extra Care Bucks (ECB). CVS and Walgreens (which you don't need a card for) are the two biggest pharmacy's here in AZ that I shop, so I can only offer information about those in particular.
Phew! That's a lot of information! Now that you have some homework to do get that all completed and check back with me tomorrow for lesson #2!