My key ring used to have close to 20 loyalty cards. I only used two or three of them on a regular basis but would probably lose the ones I use infrequently because, well...I lose stuff. Coupons were even more of a hassle. I would try to organize them and use paper clips, but they often became lost in my purse or too crumbles or faded to use.
Once I had my two toddlers, I realized things would have to change. One extra minute of fumbling around with my keys or in my purse seemed to guarantee some sort of disaster. The technology today is amazing but the great news is, you can organize your savings even if you aren't tech savvy! I have listed a few helpful tips below but please feel free to add!
Loyalty Apps and Coupon Apps So many stores have loyalty programs and those little key-ring cards can be pretty annoying. Luckily for smartphone users, you can clear your key chain and maybe even have room for that Hello Kitty charm you know you want ;)
CardStar and Key Ring are two apps that stores all your loyalty cards on your phone. Many of the apps can also store prescription savings plans and gym membership cards. You scan your existing loyalty cards, enroll in new loyalty programs, and find store deals and coupons! These apps make shopping much easier!don't have
There are countless coupon apps available. I am sure many members with smartphones have a few of these apps. You can also have coupons sent straight to your phone or some coupons are available to scan. It saves on ink and paper and eliminates coupon clipping.
Loyalty Card Organization (If you don't have a smart phone) Another way to eliminate the bulk of countless loyalty cards is by using a copy machine or scanner. Simply tape all your key-ring cards to a sheet of paper and write the name of each store on top. Then make a copy (or a few for backups) of the cards, print it out, and cut it to make it fit in your wallet. It there are too many cards to fit in your wallet, organize your loyalty cards by grocery, retail, coffee, etc and copy each category separately. It is a good idea to laminate the sheet bit it is not necessary. I have used this method in the past and have never had a problem scanning my copied cards at the store.
Clipped Coupon Organization I remember clipping coupons for my mom when I was a kid. It was one of my chores and I HATED it! She didn't even use all the coupons I clipped. How rude! Maybe I have more hatred for clipping coupons than others, but I think we can all agree that it isn't in our top ten lists of fun things to do. Instead of clipping all the coupons you see, check the expiration dates. You can organize your coupons, but don't clip them until you need them. It is so easy to lose those little coupon clippings! Store the Sunday paper coupon section in a large envelope (and, as I said before, organizing them by expiration date and/or category helps) and clip the coupons you want before you go to the store.
A filing box makes newspaper inserts and other coupons much easier to store. You can also put tabs that state the expiration date or category so that you don't waste time looking through everything again. This also gives you a chance to check out different store sales so you can make the best use of that $1 off or BOGO coupon!
As I said before, please feel free to add! It always feel good to get the best deal and save a lot of money, hopefully this can help you do so while preserving your sanity!