With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been receiving email from the spouses of many of my coupon shoppers asking if there’s anything special that their coupon shopper might want on his or her wish list this holiday season. Here are a variety of budget-minded items sure to please the coupon shopper in your life!
Expandable Accordion File
A classic. While your Coupon Maven is partial to the split (half-short, half-tall) accordion files sold in-store at Target, alas, they are not available online. But new Super-Couponers won’t go wrong with this super-durable poly, waterproof and tear-resistant accordion file to store a year’s worth of inserts. 12-pocket design features tabs labeled by month so you’ll never misplace your 10/31 SS insert again. Gender-neutral blue hue will not alienate male coupon shoppers.
Price: $7.57 (Amazon.com)
If your beloved coupon shopper has reached the point where he or she is cataloging multiple copies of newspaper coupon inserts each week, organization is key. This glossy, black plastic file crate is a great, sturdy and inexpensive way to corral a burgeoning coupon collection. Recessed rails hold hanging file folders for efficient insert filing. Rectangular design ensures coupon file will never be mistaken for a mere milk crate.
Price: $3.85 (Amazon.com)
For a more refined touch, get your coupon shopper this vibrantly-colored file bin. No air of “home office” stuffiness for your kitchen — now your loved one can keep those beloved coupon inserts in a file that screams “You can’t possibly ignore how much money I’m saving!” Keeps his or her coupon inserts neatly organized in an open-box design that supports hanging file folders. Comes in three designs, each more visually shocking than the next. Polyester with side carrying handles.
Price: $20.48 (Amazon.com)
Portable File Box
Does your coupon lover like taking his or her inserts on-the-go? They’ll be toting their coupons around with ease in this portable hanging-file box. With a pull-out supply drawer to hold those ever-important scissors, paper clips, markers and envelopes, this is truly the “tackle box” of couponing. Portable box has a handle on top for ease of maneuverability — tote it from the car trunk to the kitchen to the coupon swap.
Price: $15.98 (Amazon.com)
Steel Locking File Box
Nothing says “Hands off my coupons!” like a locking file box. If your couponer has had trouble with children, neighbors, or “friends” pilfering their coupon inserts, give him or her the gift of security. Keep those coupons under lock and key in this robust, steel file box. After all, coupons are money, and this box will hold thousands of dollars worth of coupon cha-ching. Comes with two keys so a trusted coupon partner can have backup access to the “vault.”
Price: $14.74 (Amazon.com)
Hanging File Folders
Whichever of the above hanging-file storage systems you go with, your coupon shopper can never have too many hanging file folders to keep track of each month’s coupon inserts. Recycled paper construction in a deep shade of green is bound to remind you of all the money you’ll soon be saving, thanks to the valuable coupon inserts stored inside.
Price: $10.99 for a 25-pack (Amazon.com)
Heavy-Duty Expandable File Folders in Exciting Colors
Why go with “office supply” green when you can file in style? These heavy-duty file folders expand to hold 3 1/2″ worth of inserts in each pocket. Die-hard couponers will enjoy die-hard files that won’t bend or rip under the weight of hundreds of dollars worth of savings inside.
Price: $17.94 for a 4-pack (Amazon.com)
Simple. Cheap. Fabu-less. Great coupon tools don’t have to be expensive… isn’t that the whole idea? This plastic coupon wallet does exactly what it should – holds your clipped coupons for your trips to the store. Wider front pocket is your designated catch-all for the coupons you’re pulling from the file as you shop. Move them to the front, and when you get to the checkout, everything in that front pocket is what you hand to your cashier. You can store so much coupon money in this little baby that, given the choice, you’d rather lose your “real” wallet than this one.
Price: $3.99 (Amazon.com)
Fans of order and organization will say “Step aside, honey, my new love this season is the Couponizer.” A specialty tool designed for the coupon-devoted, the spiral-bound Couponizer has covered all bases. With pockets to sort coupons by product, a “CoupStacker” tabletop mat for sorting clipped coupons, record-keeping tools for budgeting, spending, and saving, and even a place to store receipts and rebates, the Couponizer just may garner you coupon-wallet-envy in the checkout lane. It even comes with a free pair of scissors and a poly, zippered storage bag to keep those valuable coupons dry during a mad dash through the parking lot in a rainstorm. (Go ahead, drop it in a puddle. Your coupons will stay dry, fine, and ready to save you big.)
Price: $19.95 (Couponizer.com)
SALE! $15.95 with coupon code “DECEMBER10” at checkout. Offer expires 12-18-10.
Sometimes it’s good to go incognito. Enthusiasts of my Super-Couponing workshop have already heard the story of my cousin storing his coupons inside something creative to keep his coupon usage on the down-low. If you don’t want the world to know you’re couponing, this delightful wallet will hide that fact from everyone. Five interior pockets will keep your coupons sorted and organized, and included pen and notepad makes planning shopping trips a breeze. And hey, if you accidentally leave it in the shopping cart while you wander around the produce aisle, who’s going to steal a wallet that blatantly advertises that it contains “CRAP?” No one. That’s who.
Price: $13.00 (Amazon.com)
All You Magazine
Did you know there’s a “coupon magazine?” Oh yes. The magazine “All You” ought to be called “All Coupons,” because that’s what’s in there. Month after month, pages upon pages upon pages of manufacturer coupons. Sure, there are stories, recipes and, well, words on some of the other pages, but $50-$100 coupons delivered to your favorite shopper’s mailbox monthly ensures that once a month, they’ll think of you and your wonderful gift, sighing blissfully, as she or he realizes just how much you care. (And yes, I said she or he — guys, nothing says you’re serious about couponing like a copy of All You on your coffee table. Simply say to your buddies, “No, I’m not getting it for the articles. I’m getting it for the wads of cash inside.”)
Price: $19.97 for 12 issues – $1.67/month. (Magazines.com)
If your loved one hasn’t yet had the exhilarating experience of attending a live Super-Couponing workshop, give him or her (or yourself!) the best gift of all… the gift of savings. Imagine Christmas morning… opening presents, the smell of freshly-brewed coffee wafting through the house, and me, on your television, teaching you how to save lots of money. The Super-Couponing DVD — one of the best gifts you can give or get this year. There’s no need to wax poetic about the coupon class that will change the way you shop forever… thousands of Super-Couponers post those kinds of accolades on this blog week after week. And while your Mom always said not to cater to peer pressure, trust me when I say that this time, you should. Couponing not only IS something that “all the cool kids are doing,” it’s also what all the smart kids are doing. Cool and smart. That could be you. Saving big.
Price: $20.00 (SuperCouponing.com)