Create A Coupon Binder!
When you start using coupons, you need a place to organize them. Some people chose to envelopes or plastic accordion files, which are fine and dandy if you don’t have many coupons.
But, if you often have a large supply of coupons, it’s easy for your smaller organization system to get clogged.
The solution to this is a coupon binder. They do take time to set up and organize but it is certainly time well spent.
Here are some tips on how to create a coupon binder:
Here are the supplies you will likely need for your coupon binder. You may not need all of them, but get the basics for sure (those marked with a *).
- Large 3 Ring Binder (Zippered is best)*
- Trading Card Sheets (9+ pockets on each sheet)*
- Page Protectors
- Pen, Pencil
- Zippered Bag (With holes in it, so you can put it into your binder)
- Page Dividers*
Now you need to decide on the categories you will have in your coupon binder.
Some examples of categories:
If you want to be even more organized, you might want to be more specific and do something like this:
- Pets: Food
- Pets: Supplies
- Baby: Diapers & Wipes
- Baby: Food
- Baby: Supplies
- Beauty: Makeup
- Beauty: Hair Care
- Beauty: Shaving
Once you have figured out your categories, write them down on your divider tabs and put them in your binder. Then add 2 or 3 of the trading card sheets to each category (you can add more later if you need to).
Finally, add your coupons into the proper categories.
Consider adding some page protectors to the back of your binder to hold the following:
- Store Coupon Policies
- Over-Sized Coupons
- Mail-in Rebate Forms
- Bonus Point Coupons
Put your calculator, pen and scissors into the zippered bag and put that at the back (or front) of your binder as well.
That’s really all there is to it. After using your coupon binder for awhile, you may wish to organize it differently than you originally set it up. That’s okay. Do what works best for you!
Remember to go through your coupons at least once per month and get rid of the ones that are expired. The longer you put that task off, the more disorganized your binder will become.