I debated for awhile about what to post first, but I finally decided to begin with something that you might be thinking about right after the holidays.
I don’t know about you, but gift cards are one of my favorite gifts–to give, and to receive. They are also pretty bulky, and may not fit in your wallet. Add to that all the club cards, reward cards, coupons, and receipts you have, and you can have quite a tall pile. My purse is also my home away from home–anything I need, or think I’m going to need while I’m gone is in there. It can also be the dumping ground, for anything and everything.
When you’re out shopping, it’s really nice to have easy access to all those cards, and any coupons that you’ve saved. I love coupons, and a good deal, so I have quite a collection–anything from restaurants, car washes, craft stores, diapers, retail, and more. I also have rain checks that I need to keep track of, so that when I’m back at the store, I have it right there ready to go.
Just a few inexpensive items will really make the difference, both for your purse and home, and will keep your shopping organized!
Gift Card & Coupon Organization
I bought a basic accordion-style organizer at Walmart for a little over $1 in their office supply section. It’s about 7 inches wide, and 4 inches high, and easily fits into my purse (s) and diaper bag. It came with alphabetical tabs, but I just turned them over and wrote in the categories I needed: grocery, babies & kids, retail, restaurants, car, household, crafts, etc. Of course I added a little vinyl (your Silhouette is perfect for this!), because I can’t help myself. :)
I keep my actual grocery coupons separate, since there isn’t enough room to hold them in that one space. I do use it for rain checks, and general coupons (our grocery store gives $5 and $10 coupons at checkout on occasion).
As soon as I receive a coupon or gift card, it goes right in to file, and once a month, I go through it and toss out the old and expired coupons. I LOVE it. It’s eliminated all those moments at the cash register when you realize you have a coupon or gift card, and don’t have it with you. It also means no more searching for coupons you know you had…it’s all about having a place for everything. For a few minutes each month, you can potentially save yourself a lot more than that in time and money.
I do one more thing that not only keeps my purse organized, but also makes it really easy to switch from purse to purse, or purse to diaper bag. I bought a clear plastic bag that zips or closes (like a medium-size makeup bag), and in it I keep: OTC medicine and my son’s emergency medicine, bandaids, neosporin spray, tissues, lipstick/chapstick, small bottle of lotion, safety pins, and nail clippers. It’s perfect for all those little things you want to have on hand, but you won’t have to dig around in the bottom of your purse to find it.