When I first started using coupons about two years ago, I had a plain white envelope that held the few coupons I had. After learning more about couponing and finding more coupons, I worked my way up to a little file folder and then to a big blue coupon binder with 14 categories and pages upon pages of coupons.
I used that binder for over a year, and eventually, I just couldn’t do it anymore.
Here’s why I got rid of my coupon binder:
It was too heavy
A big binder full of coupons is not a light load. I hated the thought of missing out on any deals so I would take my binder everywhere. And I mean everywhere. What if I was out and wanted to stop and pick something up and didn’t have my coupons with me?
Even if I was buying groceries, I didn’t want to run the risk of missing any unadvertised deals. Carrying around that big binder was just too heavy, and this is one of the reasons that contributed to my decision to let it go.
It was full of coupons I didn’t need
I had a ton of coupons in my binder that I knew I was not going to need. Diapers? Nope, no babies. Yogurt? Nope, lactose intolerant. Cat food? Nope, we have a dog. So why was I carrying them around all the time?
I didn’t want to throw those coupons out, but instead I want to trade coupons with others. So, I decided it would be easier to leave those at home.
It wasn’t organized
So many couponers love having a coupon binder with nice, clear pages to easily view all their coupons. I was like that too, but I didn’t feel like my coupons were very organized. I was constantly finding expired coupons, and even though I had everything organized by category, I could not always find what I was looking for.
I simply could not organize my coupon binder in a way that worked for me.
One day, I decided to simply retire my coupon binder. To replace it, I got my little gray folder out again, and started organizing my coupons by expiration date.
I realized that I didn’t need a massive coupon binder full of coupons to save money.
My little folder fit all the coupons I needed and I was much better organized.
Regardless of how you sort and store your coupons, being organized is most important when saving money.
Overall, I love not having a coupon binder. My purse is lighter, my coupons are better organized and I’m always ready for when a great deal comes along.
Do you use a coupon binder to organize your coupons?
Nicole Homeniuk is a contributing writer for MapleMoney.com. She is a coupon enthusiast and deal seeker who loves saving money for her family. She and husband Sean are puppy parents to Cooper, who likes to help “organize” loose coupons.