Coupon binders are all the rage right now. Coupon Mom is where I heard about them a while ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started needing one of my own.
I raided my office supplies, so the only expense that I really had to start up were the baseball card sleeves. I used some 3-ring binder address book organizers that I bought several years ago. They helped to get me started until I had time to order what I needed. I also used a snap-closure binder that I had on hand. Again, one less thing to buy at the moment.
First, I found a binder that fit my needs.
Finding a binder to fit your needs, you want it to be big enough for all of your stuff, but not too big. Also, it really helps if it has a closure (zipper is best, but mine snaps), just to keep all of your stuff in it. I like Five Star 2-Inch Multi-Access Zipper Binder, Black (72121), but I have Day-Timer Pink Ribbon Microfiber Snap-Tab Organizer Starter Set, Notebook Size (D88125) (minus the pretty pink awareness ribbon). Makes me wish that I would have kept my Five Star from high school!
Second, to get organized.
I like things in alphabetical order, so I got Avery Ready Index Table of Contents Dividers, 26-Tab, 1 Set (11125) for just that reason. All of my coupons for products that start with A (Aquafresh, Alpo, etc.) are all in the same place and I can easily find them.
If you’d prefer to organize by category, Avery Extrawide Ready Index Dividers, 10 Tab, Laser/Ink Jet, 9.5 x 11 Inches, Assorted, 10 per Set (11165) would probably work great. They also have other sets (5, 8, 12, 15, 31) available.
Third, coupon pockets.
Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to uses baseball card sleeves. I have Ultra Pro 9-Pocket Trading Card Pages – Platinum Series (100 Pages), with plenty left over for, ya know, baseball cards (or spares if a page tears or something).
I also use Avery Economy Clear Sheet Protectors, Acid Free, Box of 100 (75091) for oddly-sized coupons, weekly ads for the stores I’ll be hitting up, and for various stores’ coupon policies (just in case…though I’ve never run into a problem).
I use a similar system. I have some 3 pocket sleeves for the coupons I print from online too.
A good idea is to find family or friends willing to trade coupons with. we don’t use diaper coupons but I clip them anyway for friends with kids. Its also good to be a coupon fairy. Leave your unused coupons on top of the items they are for in the store.
Love your blog Sara. Keep up the great work.
Thanks, Chris!! I love the coupon fairy!! I’ve found some great coupons for Bounce dryer bar and some other things. I’ve started doing it, too. I’ve walked up to people in the store with the item in their cart and given them a coupon for it. They’re usually pretty grateful.
They have 4 pocket currency binder pages now! I just ordered 100. Perfect sized for printed coupons.
I thought I’d share my killer take at Kroger today. My Kroger triples coupons up to $.50 (limit 2 like items).
-$FREE QTY:2 Snack Pack ($1)
Use (2) .45/1 (triples to $1)
$FREE QTY:2 Kleenex ($1.39)
Use (2) .50/1 (Triples to $1.39)
-$FREE QTY:3 Brawny Single Roll paper Towels ($1)
Use (3) $1/1
-$FREE QTY:2 Suave Deodorant ($1.06ea)
Use (2) .50/1 (Triples to $1.06)
*They were almost out of these
-$FREE QTY:2 Carefree pads 18-22ct ($1.09ea)
Use .50/1(triples to $1.09)
Also Walgreens has Pantene Curly to Straight Shampoo/Conditioner (look for it in the clearance isle). They have a BOGO50% off deal this week. Use (2)$1/1 Coupons for .50 each. I bought 2 shampoos and paid $.99
I forgot to mention they have buy4 P&G items get $1 off each. I bought 2 Herbal Essence Gel and 2 Herbal Essence Mouse which were 1.99 ea after the $1 off. I used 4 $1/1 coupons to make them .99 each.