Over the weekend, I had a rather unfortunate coupon experience – maybe this has happened to you before? I had just spent the morning clipping and sorting my coupons (admittedly, there was a backlog), and I was excited to hit up Fred Meyer for a couple deals readers had been telling me about. I find all the deals I had wanted and get to the checkout counter – and half my coupons were missing! Including (4) $3-off-1 Bic razor coupons and a FREE Good Belly Catalina coupon (up to $4 off). Seriously. If I was going to lose half of my coupons, why’d they have to be the good ones?!
I lamented about my mishap on Facebook, and a very smart reader named Jean shared this with me:
I use wooden clothespins (the spring kind) to clip coupons right to the cart. They fit just right over the rungs where a child’s back would rest if they were in the cart. I use another one to clip my list to the cart. AND….I manage to jam my ink pen in the top of the clothes pin too…the part you pinch to open. You could really go crazy and use a third to move unused coupons over to its own used coupon pin if you wanted. I see all the young people using their smartphone to shop but I struggle with that. I have it set to “sleep” too soon and have to put my readers on and off too much etc
Well color me silly, but why haven’t I thought of this before?
I figured I can’t be the only one that sometimes struggles with keeping coupons organized while shopping (especially when you have kids in tow – HELLO?), so I’m happy to pass her tip along today! Friends don’t let friends lose high value coupons. Thanks, Jean!!
Does anyone else have a great tip for keeping your coupons organized while shopping?
PS. Incidentally, yes, I did walk through the entire store and checked and re-checked my coupon binders for the missing coupons and alas, they never turned up. I called Customer Service the next morning and they were like, “hey! aren’t you that blogger that was posting about that on Facebook?” Well, um, yes…. that’d be me! 😉