When you are just starting to build your coupon stash, I highly recommend that you save every single coupon that you can that is not expired. You never know what you might go on sale, what might be free with a coupon, or what might even make you money for buying it. I’m not advocating against sharing coupons or trading coupons you don’t think you will use, I am telling you not to throw any away!
Here’s an example… A couple years ago there was a coupon for up to $35 off a diabetes monitor. Some couponers tossed the coupon thinking they would never use it. Then Walgreens put it on sale… buy the monitor for $24.99 and get a $10 Register Reward. The coupon made the monitor free, so all you paid was tax and you still got the $10 Register Reward. Wow! Can you imagine being the couponers that had thrown it out? Talk about being sick to your stomach…
I am not telling you to organize all these coupons. Just designate a box in your house to put them in. If you see a hot deal that uses an insert coupon that isn’t in your binder/box, you will know where to go to look. Plus this won’t last forever. After about 6 months of couponing, you will know what never goes on sale.
If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.