If you are looking for a good way to organize your coupons, try a coupon binder. There are a lot of opportunities to save money with the right strategy for using coupons, but doing so requires time, effort, and, perhaps most importantly, good organizational skills. The best savings often come from combining coupons, rebates, and other deals when possible, and to be effective doing this, you need to have an efficient way to keep all of your coupons organized along with other relevant information, such as store policies.
A well-organized binder can cut down on the amount of time spent searching for deals and maximize the impact of your savings.
What You Need
To get started, gather together these items:
- A binder
- Coupons (obvious, but important)
- Baseball card pages. (These are inexpensive and typically can be found at shops that sell sports collectibles. These are like clear plastic sleeves, but instead of holding one letter-sized piece of paper, each sheet has nine smaller sleeves, each designed to hold a baseball card.)
- Folders (2)
- A pencil case
- A calculator
Create Your Binder
- Print out a coupon binder cover and slide it into the front of a large binder (you'll want plenty of space for coupons).
- Decide how you want to organize your coupons. It can be by type (dairy, toiletries, baking supplies), by grocery store aisle, by expiration, etc. Then, create a divider for each of your categories.
- Stick your dividers in the binder and place several baseball card pages behind each one to corral all of your coupons.
- Add a folder to hold all of the current weekly sales flyers. If your binder has pockets on the inside of the cover, you can use those instead.
- If you're a rebater, also add a folder to hold the rebates you're working on.
- Print out a copy of the coupon policy for every store where you shop and stow it in the back of your binder. It can come in handy if you encounter an employee unfamiliar with a particular policy.
- Add a copy of the Frugal Living Price Book so you can start tracking store prices in your area.
- Add a meal planner to make your shopping trips easier to plan.
- Stick a pencil pouch at the front of your binder and equip it with scissors, a calculator, and a pen—all important tools of the trade.
- Load your coupons into the baseball card sleeves in the appropriate sections, and your coupon binder is ready for business!
Tips for Success
- Place a large rubber band around the outside of your binder, so your coupons won't spill out if you accidentally drop it.
- Include your name and contact information on the inside of your binder in case you leave it somewhere.
- Have some coupons that are too big to fit in the nine-pocket baseball card sleeves? Add some three-pocket sleeves to your binder, and you should be able to accommodate just about anything.
- Don't forget to include a divider for service and entertainment-related coupons (haircuts, restaurants, etc.)