Monday, July 4, 2011

The Binder

If you don't already have a coupon binder, GET ONE! It's not as difficult a task as it may seem. It will keep all your coupons organized and make compiling your shopping lists a breeze with each needed coupon at your fingertips. Here's my binder -

I borrowed the following instructions from The Krazy Coupon Lady. You can find a link to the PDF file for the dividers/table of contents here.

How to Organize Your Coupons: Binder Method

Buy a Quality Binder

  • Invest up-front in trusted name brand binder
  • Use an office supply store coupon to lower out of pocket expense
    • Best time to buy: August and September at Back-to-School sales

Two Methods: By Date or By Category

  • By Category (my binder)
    • More time up front, less time shopping
    • Smaller binder needed (2-3 inch)
  • By Date
    • Less time up front, more time getting ready to shop
    • Larger binder needed (5 inch)
      • Look for a binder with a crease to be able to expand if needed


  • By Date
    • Tab dividers to separate by week
    • Sheet protectors, 100+ pages
  • By Category
    • 9 pocket baseball sleeves. 60-75 sleeves should be plenty. (I purchased a box of 100 sleeves at a sports card store for $15.)
  • Pencil pouch
    • Small pair of scissors
    • Calculator to estimate total cost or figuring price per unit/ weight
    • Writing utensils

How to Start

  • Tear apart inserts at seams and stack like pages
  • Staple pages together

How to Organize

  • By Date
    • Write dates that insert came out on each page
    • Insert each page into its own sheet protector
      • Put junk ads back to back to save on space
  • By Category
    • Cut out each coupon from stapled pages
    • File coupons within categories
      • Print off binder categories from the free PDF link
      • You can use tab dividers for each category for easier sorting
      • Sometimes coupons will need to be cropped or folded to fit

1 comment:

  1. I am your latest GFC follower from the hop. I to use a binder and I absolutely love it! I adapted it a little to meet my needs and now I never leave home without it LOL! You never know when you might come upon a sale :) Come by and visit when you have a chance!