Amy Bergin is the super-mom to three kids. After realizing that couponing could be the answer to achieving her family's financial goals, she devised the Couponizer, an innovative coupon organizer and shopping system. Today, as the Couponizer celebrates its 10th year in business, its primary aim is the same–to help other families (especially those in the struggling economy) achieve their monetary goals by maintaining consistent savings.
The Couponizer sent me their 10th Anniversary Couponizer Deluxe system to review. This pack came with a Couponizer booklet, shopping list, Coup Tracker, Coup Stacker, clear vinyl carrying bag, scissors, the Couponizer Mini Tote, instructional mouse pad, and Couponizer pen. They were also supposed to send me a Custom Sticker set, but alas I never received it. 🙁
The first thing I put to the test was the Coup Stacker. This is a very handy piece of paper. It has the titles of each category as found in the Couponizer. To use, you sort your coupons by setting them on their categories. Voila! You have a MUCH quicker, easier way to segregate the coupons into their designated categories.
The Couponizer itself has 25 categories, including restaurants and services. There's also a place to collect items such as Walgreens' Register Rewards and there's a pocket to gather receipts. I love the bright colors, the interesting illustrations, and most of the categories that are in the book. However, it lacked in some categories that I really wish were there, such as a non-food category for items like batteries. For this reason, I really wish it had a simple, generic "Other" category.
Towards the front of the Couponizer are pockets to place the coupons you intend to use on your current shopping trip and another for the actual coupons you'll use at checkout. I found this very handy. Since I study each stores' ads to plan my shopping trips ahead of time, it was convenient to have a place to insert the coupons I'd like to use.
The Couponizer came with a Shopping List. This was a straightforward, simple shopping list with blank lines and checkboxes. What I really like is that there is a pocket for the shopping list in the Couponizer.
Another handy feature is a clear plastic pocket sheet that has three pockets for your loyalty cards so you're sure to never go shopping without them.
Towards the very back of the Couponizer is an interesting section called the CoupTracker. This list is to help you keep track of how much money you saved on your shopping trip. I love the CoupTracker! I really enjoy being able to know how much we save–and being able to show it off to my husband. 🙂
Even the clear vinyl carrying bag was handy. Since I go shopping with a toddler and an infant in tow, messes of all kinds are bound to happen. Thus, having this protective plastic covering is a life saver. I don't have to worry about my Couponizer (or the coupons therein) getting messy or ruined.
I really like the fact that the Couponizer came with a small pair of scissors and a pen. There are often times when I am out shopping that I find a coupon in a flyer, at the customer service desk, or somewhere else that needs cut out. So having a handy pair of scissors is a great convenience. And the fact that the pen has the Couponizer logo on it makes me disciplined to keep the pen with the Couponizer where I need it, therefore removing the temptation to remove the pen to use it when I am at home and forgetting to put it back.
I also really enjoy the tote. Since I do shop with a toddler and an infant, my hands aren't typically open for carrying anything. So having this tote with the handles large enough I can slip it onto my arm is very helpful.
One of the items I didn't find as helpful was the mouse pad. The information provided on the mouse pad–which is an overview of how to use the Couponizer–is extremely helpful. However, having it by the computer was not so helpful. I do the majority of my coupon-clipping at the kitchen table or in the living room, and I use a laptop most of the time with a touch-pad mouse. So the mouse pad wasn't very useful to me. I would like to see the same information on a page towards the front of the Couponizer itself.
Overall, I found the Couponizer to be very helpful. It definitely is not for the mediocre couponer who will occasionally use a coupon as it has too much space for such a couponer. Neither is it for the advanced couponer who gathers multiple copies of their coupons as there would not be enough room for so many coupons. However, for the in-between couponer I've found myself becoming who likes to save money consistently without spending hours collecting a ton of coupons, it is a very helpful tool.
You can purchase the Couponizer Shopping System and all the accessories online at www.Couponizer.com.
The Couponizer DELUXE Gift Pack
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