So how do you organize your coupons? Everyone has their own way of doing it and maybe you don’t have any organization at all. I was over at my mom’s for Easter yesterday and she actually had coupons in her purse that were probably 10 years old. These coupons though were special…they didn’t have any expiration date but she wasn’t using them! My sister-in-law and I quickly snatched them up. Anyway, that is my mom’s form of organization. She sees a coupon and clips or prints them and then tucks them in her purse. Other methods may be an accordion coupon keeper, a file or a coupon binder. I use a coupon binder.
There are a lot of different binders you can use but the one I use is the Case it binder. I bought mine at Office Max for $18.99. I chose to get the 2″ Velcro binder but there is one available in a 3″ that zips closed all the way around and has a shoulder strap. That one I think was $4 more but both would work great. Both binders have a built in accordion file that works great for keeping several weeks worth of newspaper inserts. I keep them organized by week in the file. That way when I’m shopping and I see something on sale that I didn’t have on my list, I can pull out my insert and clip the coupon right out of the insert. I also saw a Mead binder at Walgreens that would also work well.
I also bought a couple of ‘accessories’ to go inside of my binder. Some people use the baseball card pages to hold their coupons but I actually chose to use the 2 slot top loading 4×6 photo pages. These actually are a great fit for almost all of the printable coupons. You can organize them however you want but I have them categorized basically by the grocery store aisles. I also bought these at Office Max. They were $3.99 for a pack of 10.
The other accessory that I put in my binder is actually one that I got out of the Mead Five Star Hybrid Notebinder. I had purchased it to use for something else and just loved the notepockets so much that I used it in my coupon binder. It holds my shopping list and then all of my coupons in the index card pockets. You can find these in several different stores like Walgreens, Target, Office Max, etc. They range in price but I think I paid around $12. You can order just the notepockets separately online but with shipping it would cost more than buying the whole Notebinder from the store.
If you choose to have a coupon binder, you don’t have to have any of this in yours. This just helps me to be organized. This way I can have a page for each of the places I shop each week. As I find the deals, I write them down on my list and pull the coupons. Then when I go out shopping, I grab my binder, open it up on the shopping cart child seat and I’m all set. I have everything I need all in one spot. Even if I find an extra deal in the store, I have all of my coupons right with me!
Again, you don’t have to do this exactly but if you start to think through how you’re going to organize your coupons, you too could start saving 40-50% or more on your groceries! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here or you can .