I remember as a teenager watching television and sorting through my mother’s coupon envelope the night before she’d go grocery shopping. I’d group coupons and pull out any that had expired.
Way back when, coupons wouldn’t expire for months, some even had “no expiration” dates on them. After a while, I’d realize that if a coupon didn’t get used for six months, it probably wasn’t going to get used and I’d weed them from their envelope.
I recently started clipping coupons and was (and wasn’t) too surprised to notice that most coupons had expiration dates less than two months from the day I clipped them.
As I noticed as a teen, if a coupon doesn’t get used quickly, you probably won’t use it at all … and, there’ll be new coupons next week, and the week after that, and after that.
If you are an extreme couponer, you have a well-managed system. However, if you are a casual couponer, you may lose track of when the coupons expire. Do you find coupons beneficial to saving money or do you buy things that you wouldn’t have otherwise purchased without a coupon?
Weed out those expired coupons and those you won’t use. You may even decide to toss the entire lot.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate 3-to-5 computer files you don’t need.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.