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Jenn's Two-Category Card Pack Method

Jenn now uses two packs of category cards, to organize her coupons. This method is SO easy! Just purchase an extra pack of category cards prior to checkout, and receive free shipping on the extra pack. Then organize your coupons with the following categories. Ba da bing! It's so easy, just place your clipped coupons in the appropriate category. It's that easy and VERY convenient! 

Jenn's Category List:

BAKING DRY
BAKING LIQUID
BATHROOM CLEANERS
BEAUTY
BREAD
BREAKFAST MEATS
BUTTER
CANDY
CANNED SOUP
CANNED TUNA
CANNED VEGGIES
CEREAL
CHEESE
CHIPS
COFFEE
COFFEE CREAMER
COOKIES
CRACKERS
DEODORANTS
DISH SOAP
ETHNIC FOODS
FROZEN BREAKFAST
FROZEN MEALS
FROZEN PIZZA
FROZEN VEGGIES
FRUIT
GRANOLA BARS
ICE CREAM
JUICE
LAUNDRY SOAP
LAUNDRY SOFTENER
MAYO
MEAT
MEDICINE
MILK
MISC. CONDIMENTS
MISCELLANEOUS
MOUTHWASH
PAPER TOWELS
PASTA
PB & J
PETS
POPCORN
RICE
SANDWICH MEAT
SHAVING
SOAP
SODA
STORAGE
SURFACE CLEANERS
TEA
TOILET PAPER
TOOTHPASTE

Jenn's Subcategory/Category List

There is really no wrong way to organize your coupons. Whether you choose to organizer your coupons alphabetically, by expiration date, by product type, by brand, or by store aisle, with our organizer, you choose what works best for you. If you don't like our categories, you can easily purchase labels at any office supply store (very inexpensively) and create your own categories.

Creating Subcategories

Jenn's Coupon Box Organizers make shopping with coupons easier than shopping wiht a coupon binder, as they allow you to easily create "subcategories" within each category section. For example, you don't just want to throw all your "canned goods" coupons in one section. If you did, you would have a very difficult time locating your coupons on the fly. Instead, you'll want to use cardstock, or envelopes to divide the canned goods section up in to subcategories. For example within the canned goods section create subcategories such as canned fruit, canned meat, canned soup, and canned vegetables. Once your subcategories are created, you can very easily flip to the appropriate subcategory and pull out the coupons you need. 

Determining which subcategories you actually need:

The best way to determine which subcategories you'll need, is to start by examining each category within your organizer. For instance, begin with the "baking" category. Look at the coupons you have, that belong in the baking section. If you don't bake, then maybe you only keep a few coupons in this aren. Maybe you bake a lot, and have tons of baking coupons!! Look at your coupons and simply place them in piles, according to how you would like to break down the baking section. Maybe you just like to have two subcategories in this section.. for instance "liquid baking" and "dry baking." This may work for you. Or, maybe you need to break your baking section down further. Please see the below listed "baking" subcategories for example 

Bottom line:  By examining each individual category individually, you'll save yourself time by not creating unnecessary subcategories that you don't need. Then if necessary, consider adding additional subcategories later. *** Only make subcategories you need, and change them up as necessary. 

BAKING 

 • Bread/Muffin Mix/Pancake Mix 

 • Breading/Shake N’ Bake 

 • Brownie Mix/Cake Mix/Cookie Mix 

 • Chocolate Chips & Nuts 

 • Oils 

 • Sweeteners/Sugars/Salt 

BEAUTY 

 • Facial Cleanser/Moisturizers 

 • Make-up   

BEVERAGES 

 • Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Tea 

 • Juice/Water 

 • Milk 

 • Soda 

BREAD 

 • Buns 

 • Loaf Bread/Rolls   

CANDY 

 • Chocolate 

 • Gum 

 • Hard Candy   

CANNED GOODS 

 • Canned Fruit 

 • Canned Meat 

 • Canned Soup 

 • Canned Vegetables  

CEREAL 

 • Cereal Bars 

 • Cream of Wheat 

 • General Mills 

 • Kellogg’s 

 • Oatmeal 

 • Post Cereal

CHILDREN 

 • Baby Wipes/Diapers 

 • Children’s Games 

 • Children’s Toys

CLEANING SUPPLIES

 • Air Fresheners 

 • Dish Soap/Dishwasher Soap 

 • Surface Cleaners 

 • Sponges/Kitchen Tools   

CONDIMENTS 

 • BBQ Sauce/Hot Sauce 

 • Ketchup/Mustard/Mayonnaise 

 • Miscellaneous Condiments 

 • Peanut Butter & Jelly 

 • Salad Dressing & Marinade   

ETHNIC FOODS 

• Asian Foods 

• Italian Sauce 

• Mexican Foods

FROZEN 

 • Appetizers 

 • Breakfast 

 • Fruit 

 • Ice Cream 

 • Meats & Fish 

 • Pizza 

 • Prepared Meals 

 • Vegetables

HYGIENE

·       Deodorant

·       Eye Care

·       Feminine Hygiene

·       Hair Gel/Hair Spray

·       Lotion

·       Men’s Razors

·       Oral Care

·       Shampoo/Conditioner

·       Shaving Cream/After-shave

·       Soap

·       Women’s Razors

LAUNDRY

·       Bleach

·       Fabric Softener

·       Soap

·       Stain Lifter

MEDICINE:

·       Cold Medicine/Cough Drops

·       Pain Reliever

·       Vitamins

MISCELLANEOUS:

·       Batteries

·       Miscellaneous

·       Scotch Tape/Glue

·       Pens/Pencils 

PAPER PRODUCTS 

 • Paper Towels/Napkins 

 • Tissue 

 • Toilet Paper/Body Wipes  

PETS 

 • Cat Food/Cat Treats/Cat Litter 

 • Dog Food/Dog Treats 

PRODUCE 

 • Fresh Vegetables 

 • Fresh Fruit  

REFRIGERATED 

 • Breakfast Meats 

 • Butter/Margarine 

 • Coffee Creamer 

 • Desserts 

 • Dips, Guacamole, Hummus 

 • Eggs & Cheese 

 • Meat 

 • Pillsbury Items 

 • Sandwich Meat 

 • Sour Cream/Cottage Cheese 

 • Yogurt     

SIDES 

 • Hamburger Helper 

 • Macaroni/Noodles/Pasta 

 • Potatoes & Rice

SNACKS: 

 • Bagel Chips/Chex Mix 

 • Chips 

 • Cookies 

 • Crackers 

 • Granola Bars/Energy Bars 

 • Nuts 

 • Popcorn 

STORAGE: 

 • Aluminum Foil/Plastic Wrap 

 • Garbage Bags 

 • Plastic Storage Bags/Plastic Containers

There is no wrong way to organize your coupons. You can also organize them alphabetically. 
 
  • Alphabetically: Organizing coupons by their name is a simple method and easy for a light couponer who shops from a list of specific needs in small trips at a time. You can either alphabetize the coupons by brand or product name, whichever makes the most sense to you.
  • By Expiration Date: Sorting your coupons by expiration date can be useful for helping you make sure you don’t miss out on any savings. You could set up dividers that say “Expires This Week,” “Expires Next Week,” and “Expires This Month.” As the weeks go by, you can simply move the older pages to the front of the binder and toss any unused expired coupons away. 
  • By Product Type: If you have a wide range of coupons that can apply to multiple stores and products, it might make more sense for you to arrange your coupon binder dividers by product type. For example, you could create dividers titled “Groceries,” “Home Goods,” “School Supplies,” “Personal Care,” and “Entertainment.” That way you can find your coupons easily depending on which store you are shopping or what the mission of your shopping trip might be.