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Table of Contents

-Did you know?
-Monthly Mission – Kids Stuff
-What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com – Recent site additions
-Article - Coupons


It’s back to school time for a lot of us. One of my two children is already back at school. We are in a transition phase right now, learning all our new morning and after school routines. So far it is going reasonably well. We will continue to tweak it until school is fully underway for both of them. Routines and a little planning go a long way to making this easier than it would be without.

Did you know…

September is National Coupon Month in the United States. Also, the typical family saves between $5.20 and $9.60 per week using coupons (that’s $270.40 – $499.20 per year).

(More interesting coupon info below…)

The Monthly Mission – Kids Stuff

Kids come with a lot of stuff. If you want some ideas on how to keep their things in order (a constant battle in our home) then check out the monthly mission for September, here.

Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Streamline Your Morning Routine - Ideas to help you get out the door in the morning and be on time for work or school.

Storage Shed Organization - Before and after photos of my storage shed reorganization project.

Toy Organizing Project - After Christmas I had to do some toy re-organizing. Here is a before and after of my little toy organizing project.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.

Organizing Your Magazines - Suggestions to help you downsize your piles of magazines and how to store them neatly.

Organize Your Junk Drawer - take control of that drawer you toss stray items into. Give it purpose with a few minutes and a little organization.

Organize Your Refrigerator - some simple guidelines to help you use your refrigerator more efficiently and waste less food.

Coupons Get More Popular and Accessible

After 15 years of coupon use on the decline, coupons are becoming very popular again. And you might be surprised who the top coupon users are.

In addition to my desire for organization, I also enjoy finding a great deal. And lately, coupons have been my source of deals and fun. Yes, fun. It’s a game to find the sales that match the coupons and more. I am by no means one of the most extreme of coupon users, buying $100 of groceries for $5, but I’m saving about $15 - $20 per shopping trip, and that’s just fine. I do get help from a couple coupon experts who help people like me to find and match the coupons with great sales and deals. One of them is The Krazy Coupon Lady.

She just recently wrote a story about how coupons have hit the digital age along with statistics of who uses these coupons. From her article:

“Today’s savvy coupon shopper is younger, richer, more educated….”

“The consumer who prints digital coupons has an average household income of . . . . wait for it. . . . $97,000! Those who earn a household income of $100,000 or more are twice as likely to have redeemed coupons printed from an online source in the past six months than adults with a household income less than $35,000.”

I absolutely love being able to print out coupons on my printer. It’s basically free money. I have also begun to load coupons onto my store’s club card. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference, but within about 6 months, I’ve already saved about $30 just in e-coupons alone with hardly any effort! It’s not a ton, but it’s definitely worth the two minutes it takes to load them onto my card.

Coupons are not what they used to be. Don’t let the old idea of coupons hold you back! It can be a lot of fun. To read the full article by The Krazy Coupon Lady about the digital age of coupons and to learn how to coupon and have fun doing it, click here.

You may also want to visit my page about organizing coupons where I review several options for keeping your coupons in order. The coupon organizer I’ve been using for a couple years now, after trying some other methods, is The Couponizer which I truly love. Whether you have a few coupons or a lot, you should be able to find a method that works best for you.

If you visit The Couponizer during September 1-15th, you can take $1.50 off any purchase of $25 or more with coupon code: couponizer09

Until next time, happy organizing!


Tracy Greene

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