Since donning my new hat as a Coupon Shopper, I’ve had to graduate from the smaller, coupon accordion to the 3-ring binder method of organizing my coupons.  When I first started following other Couponers who also used the 3-ring binder method of organization, I thought, “nah…I won’t need to go to use one of those, this little pocket accordion should work just fine”.  Again, another statement made out of complete ignorance, because I quickly found that my coupons were overflowing and messy…I was frequently having to remove them all to just find one particular coupon!

This is a left-over school binder that one of my kids had discarded and I also emptied out an old “Pokemon” (remember them?) card binder and re-used the plastic sleeves they were stored in.

I bought a few packs (on sale of course) of tabbed dividers and organized my categories according to what I use most frequently.

My categories are:

*Household
*Paper/Storage
*Health/Personal
*Beverage
*Bars/Candy/Snacks
*Cans/Jars/Sauces
*Condiments
*Box
*Breakfast
*Baking
*Cold/Frozen
*Breads
*Store Policies

The tabbed dividers also have pockets so that’s pretty convenient, too for adding full coupon sheets that I may not have cut yet or any other miscellaneous papers.  I also keep rainchecks, catalinas, sales papers and other coupon booklets in these pockets,too.

This binder also fits nicely in my bag and goes everywhere I go!  I always want to be prepared for the perfect sale item!  😉

I also wanted to share with you my latest CVS shopping savings.  I always have two transactions…the first transaction is for all of the items that offer CVS Bucks and then I pay for the second transaction using the CVS Bucks I just earned from the first.  Get it?

Oh!  This is important to remember, too:  When you first go into the store, go to the Catlina to scan your CVS card for coupons!  You can do this twice in one day and sometimes it offers really good coupons!

Transaction # 1:

*4 bags of Nestle Easter Candy
*3 bottles of Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner
*1 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Bowl Cleaner
*2 tubes of Extra Strength Cortizone Cream
*2 tubes of John Frieda Shampoo
*1 gallon of milk
*1 box of 30 ct. Allegra
*1 tube of Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste
*2 bottles of Gillette Men’s Shampoo and Body Wash

Total Spent: $57.10
Total Saved (all items were on sale, offered CVS Bucks and I had coupons for each item): $66.94

Transaction # 2:

*4 boxes of Act II Popcorn
*1 tube of Aveeno Body Lotion
*3 candy bars (Hershey Bar, Reese’s Cups)- these were buy 2 get 1 free at $0.89 each; I had a $2.00 coupon and therefore, made money on the purchase=happy me.  Also, this is one of the coupons that printed from the Catalina!
*2 tubes of Colgate Toothpaste (4.6 oz)

Total Spent: $0.79 with $9 in CVS Bucks left for another day!
Total Saved (again, each item was on sale and I had a coupon for each item): $25.69

Here is also an updated view of my stockpile.  It doesn’t take long to fill up!  Buying the boxes of Tide Detergent has probably been my favorite purchase so far (this was several weeks ago).  If I’m remembering correctly, each 40 load box was on sale for $5.49 and I had a coupon for $3.00 off, as well as buy one, get a second Tide product for free.  I chose the Tide Stain Boosters as my free item and I had another $0.50 coupon for those, too.  So I bought the 40 load box of Tide and the Stain Booster Packs for $1.99 for the set.

I love, love stocking up on sports drinks.  During baseball season and the upcoming beach season, they come in very handy and save us from spending way too much money at the ball park!

I’ve since added 20 more bottles to the collection as Walgreen’s had them on sale last week for $0.69 each.  Thank you, Walgreen’s!

Now go shopping and save some money!!

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