How To Organize Coupons:
1. Coupon Inserts: Inserts are the pages of coupons that are found in the Sunday papers (the Star Tribune has them in the Early Sunday edition as well).
2. There are 3 major types of coupon inserts. The type of the insert can be found on the front page of the insert. The date that the issue was released can be found on the spine of the insert.
3. Each week there we will list the inserts that will be available in the upcoming weekend papers. There are a few things that you will want to know about inserts and the papers you purchase to get them.
A. Sometimes the available coupons differ by region. A coupon in Texas might be for $0.50/1 and the one for the Northern States will be $1/2. B. Newspapers have to purchase “coupon packages” and just like the rest of us some papers can afford the deluxe version and others can only afford the basics. This just means that larger city papers are more likely going to have all of the available coupons for that area.
The 4 types of inserts are:
a. Smart Source: This is the most well known and prominate type of insert. When listed on our site we will use SS to identify it. b. Red Plum: This insert will be listed on our site as RP. d. Procter & Gamble: This insert will be listed on our site as P&G. e. Every once in awhile we will get a General Mills or an insert from Pepsi Co. These will be highlighted when we get them.
4. All couponing blogs and coupon databases (including ours) list the available coupons by the type of insert and the date it was released.
Example: SS 1/23 is Smart Source from 1/23
5. I don’t cut out any coupons until I need them. Instead each week I make a new folder for each of the available inserts for the week and I label them the same way we do on the site. So if on 1/02 there was a Red Plum, a Smart Source and a General Mills I would make 3 folders. One labeled RP 1/02, one labeled SS 1/02, and one labeled GM 1/02. Doing this I have the ability to find any coupon listed in a posted match up or I can look up an item in a coupon database which will give me the insert and date that I can find it in.