How I organize my coupon binder – an ongoing saga

March 30, 2011

I had a request this weekend to write about how I organize my coupon binder. It has been an ongoing process. First, I had the great idea to use a photo album to organize my coupons by category. That actually worked pretty well, but coupons kept expiring and I would forget to pull them out. I decided to go to the binder method that a number of people use. I bought the blue binder, above, and cut out every coupon in the Sunday inserts, then filed them in baseball card holders. This method looks really nice and works well in the store, but I found I just didn’t have time to cut all those coupons!

So, what I’m doing now is this. I’m using the insert method of organization (the one Jenny at Southern Savers uses). It works like this. Every Sunday I take the inserts from the paper, write the date on the front, and file them in the large envelope holder shown below. Then, I put them in my coupon tote bag. I also use my blue binder, but now it’s for organizing coupons that are not part of an insert: ones that come in the mail or in All You magazine, peelies, blinkies, ones people give me that are already cut, etc.

How do I use the inserts? Well, when the sites I follow post coupon matchups, they’ll reference the insert where the coupon can be found. For example, when I see a matchup involves the $0.50/1 Duracell coupon from the 2/27 PG, I will find the Proctor & Gamble insert from February 27.

It’s not perfect. Sometimes I’m in a store and see a great deal on an item and wonder if I have a coupon. If there’s wireless, I can get out my iPhone and pull up the coupon databases on Hip2Save or Southern Savers and see, which is why I carry my insert envelope with me. If there’s no wireless, and I don’t have a loose coupon in my binder, I don’t spend the time to flip through each insert. That’s a whole new level of crazy that I haven’t reached yet.

So, that’s what I’m doing now. It’s subject to change at any time. What coupon organization methods are working for you ?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Loren  |  March 31, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Christy, I do the same thing except I do go through the coupons each week and pull out the ones for the products I buy. I then do the folder thing and across the top of file write whats in it…Tide-Dawn-pullups-pledge, etc…makes easier when I am looking for product and don’t know date! I also take all coupons w/ me and end up cutting them out in the store (don’t really recommend!)LOL! The left over coupons I give away…
    P.S. I just think you are GREAT!!

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