Friday, August 31, 2012

Organizing Coupons: How to Know When a Coupon Insert Has Expired

It's the end of the month and for many of us couponers that means it is time to pull the expired coupons.

For those of us who use the file method to organize coupon inserts, this often means taking an insert and flipping page by page looking at the expiration date on each coupon. Or getting our kids to do it :)

But no more!!

I just discovered a resouce on Southern Savers that tells you when a coupon insert has expired. What a time saver. Read below for the steps.



Go to Southern Savers.

Look at the upper right hand corner and click on the white button that says "Coupon Dafabase"

Choose your newspaper. Mine and you Raleigh gals is NC-The News and Observer (Raleigh)

Underneath the bar that you choose the newspaper in is another bar.  In this bar is where you are going to search. 

In this search bar, type the date of the insert. Use this format: 8/19  If there is a single digit date (not month, just date), then type in 8/05. Then click the little gold square with the magnifying class in it.

And then in the box below, all the current coupons that came out on 8/19 will appear.  If the box says no results found, then you know that the coupon inserts that came out on that date have no current coupons and can be thrown away, recycled, or sent to the military for their use.

If you see SS 8/19 but no RP 8/19, then you know to keep the 8/19 SS insert and pull the 8/19 RP. Just make sure you check all the pages. Under the box that list the coupons are these little green boxes that show how many pages you need to scroll thru.


Hope this saves you a little bit of time. I just went thru my whole crate of file folders. It is so much lighter now. 

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