If you have a similar problem, take five minutes and a few dollars to create the obvious fix: Create a binder for your coupons. While I've seen people use accordion folders to organize their coupons, I prefer using a 3-ring binder ($2.48) with clear plastic dividers with pockets ($3.42) so that the coupons are visible to quickly skim through.
Since the coupons are visible, your binder doesn't have to be too organized. Just bunch similar coupons together. For instance, I have seven folders: Bed Bath and Beyond, Babies R Us, baby clothing, BJ's, car maintenance, restaurants, and random.
|The OurTipsAndTricks Coupon Binder
The result is all of my coupons are in one place, stored in my binder at the end of a counter. When I get a new coupon, I just throw it in the correct folder. Every month or so, usually coinciding with the delivery of a new BJ's circular, I'll clean out the expired coupons (minus the ones you can use when expired).
That's it. Easy (and admittedly obvious)!
*lack of commas in Bed Bath and Beyond is their grammatical error, not mine