I interrupt this weeks Couponing Made Easy series for something a little different. Over the past few weeks I have seen several different posts about gift ideas. My blogging friend Kendra @ The Nerdy Wife has been posting a series on different gift ideas. The series included: what to buy your boyfriend/fiance/husband; what to buy your sister; and what to buy people we don’t know that well. She gave her readers a lot of GREAT ideas!
Since Christmas is less than 10 days away I thought I would write a post about gifts for Couponers! I saw a similar post on Stockpiling Moms last week and thought I would create my own version of the gifts. Some of these gifts are kind of lame when you think about gifts but if you know someone that coupons or is thinking about starting to coupon these “supplies” can get costly and can make great gifts.
1. BINDER -Binders are a GREAT way to organize coupons. The best binders are ones with zippers so the coupons don’t fall out. Here is an example of a good one. (I would recommend a 3 inch binder or larger)
2. Coupon Clutch – Depending on which package you purchase this may come with a binder. This is a great “purse” to carry your binder. This is great if your someone that takes your coupon binder to the store with you. (*I don’t have this product but it looks REALLY cool.)
3. The Couponizer – The couponizer is a great way to organize your coupons. I have never used this but have seen it and it looks like a great beginners tool. It comes with a category mat with the different coupon categories to sort your coupons. Each category has pockets you can store your coupons in. It also comes with places to create shopping lists and place coupons you will be using in that particular shopping trip. *I’ve never used this I looked at it during a coupon class but felt it was too small for my massive stash of coupons* But if you are just starting out this might be a good way to get a “couponing process” down.
4. Coupon Expandable File – If you shop in many different stores I would recommend a different expandable file for each store (or 2 one for drugstores and one for grocery stores). Target had several of these in their dollar bin section a few months ago. I’m not sure if Target still has these.
5. Sheet Protectors – These are great if you organize your Coupons by Date (which is how I organize – post coming soon). You put each page of the whole coupon insert into these sleeves.
6. Baseball Card Inserts – These are great if you organize your coupons by category. This particular set has sheets for all different sizes.
7. Magazine Subscriptions – There are many different magazines that have coupons. However unless you are INTERESTED in the particular magazine it isn’t very “Coupon Savvy” to subscribe to 20 magazines. The BEST magazine for coupons is All You. All You has over $50 in coupons in every issue and it also has a TON of tips to save money along with frugal recipes. I learn something new in every issue I read! You can purchase this magazine at Walmart for about $2 or if you watch magazines.com or efundraisingonline.com you can get subscriptions for about $0.90 an issue (I will try and post a deal next time I see one).
I went through the Coupon Database to see what magazines have had coupons in them. These are just a few: All You, Ebony, Weight Watchers, Cooking Light, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Allure. The thing to watch out is that many of these magazines have 5 or less coupons per issue. So unless you are interested and going to read the magazine don’t subscribe JUST for the coupons.
8. Guillotine Paper Trimmer – Santa if your reading this I really could use one of these! This can come in handy if your cutting coupons out of several newspapers. There are times I wish I had one of these over a regular scissor.
9. Food Saver – Santa I want one of these too! This is great if you buy a lot of meat and freezer items in bulk when they are on sale. This will seal the meat air tight so they will last longer in the freezer.
10. Monthly Menu Plan Magnetic Calendar
Monthly Menu Plan Magnetic Calendar – This is great for planning your meals. When I planned meals in the past I just wrote them down in word or on paper. This looks like a great board to have in your kitchen to really plan out the month. If you don’t want a dry erase board version you can try using a desk calendar. Last year Target had REALLY nice and colorful Desk Calendar’s in the dollar section for $2.
These are the top 10 items every couponer could use. Couponers are there any other “gifts” that you want from Santa? Or are there any other items you can’t “live without?” let me know and I’ll add it to this list!
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