How do I check a whole insert to see if any coupons are still valid or if all are expired? I need to purge!! Thanks!
Since we just reached the end of the month, many of you are probably looking to purge your coupon stash of any expired coupons and inserts. There are a number of ways to organize coupons, and keeping your coupon inserts intact according to date is just one of them (those of you who clip all of your coupons will just need to seek out and eliminate the expired coupons). If you’re a clip-only-as-you-need-them kind of shopper (likeÂ me) and you’re working with whole inserts, here’s how to find valid coupons with the help of technology:
- Start with a good COUPON DATABASE.
Coupon Mom’s Coupon Database is my favorite, since all coupons are regionally-specific and they’re organized neatly according to state/region. You may need to register first to access the database, but there’s no cost. I begin by checking the Coupon Mom coupon listing for my state (Michigan).
- SORT the coupon list according to DATE PUBLISHED.
- Don’t type anything into the database search box.
- You’ll notice that EVERY existing non-expired coupon is listed – printables first followed by newspaper insert coupons.
- Find the “PUBLISHED” column heading at the top of the page.
- Click the triangle arrow pointing UP to sort coupons with the oldest inserts listed at the top.
- WORK through the listing date-by-date.
- If an insert has no coupon listings, the entire insert for that date has expired and you can recycle it.
- If the remaining valid coupons in the insert are not coupons you would use, recycle the whole insert.
- If there are only a few valid coupons remaining, you’ll need to decide whether to clip those few and recycle the rest, or simply wait until those coupons are expired (sometimes I find it easier to write the remaining brands and expiration date on the front page so that I can purge it easily once the date has passed).