Do your coupons expire before you ever remember to use them? That’s likely because of organization. Keep in mind, I’m a throw-it-in-a-box person but with coupons, organization is the key to savings. The most popular way of organizing coupons is by using the coupon binder.
1. Use a 3-ring binder: You can start with a 1″ then work your way up if need be. You can also use the old school Trapper Keeper’s too.
2. Baseball Card Holders: Baseball card dividers can be picked up at most hobby stores, Walmart, Target and Kmart. I love these on Amazon, they’re sturdy and perfect for multiple coupons. This is what you’re seeing in the picture on top. Honestly, this is the best way to organize your coupons in a way you can actually see them. Just fold them and tuck them in. You can stack them pretty deep too.
3. Section Dividers: You’ll need to divide each section to make it easier to find. If you only shop at one store, you can set up the dividers to be each individual aisle at that store. However in my case, I have them divided up by the following sections (in any order you’d like):
Breakfast Foods/ Cereals
You can add a calculator, scissors or anything else you’d prefer as well. Really, great organization is very personal, it’s all about what works for you. I’ve found this to be the most popular method and certainly the easiest one for me.
20 years ago I would have loved this. I had so many coupons then and could never quite keep them organized. Now I’m an empty nester and don’t have enough coupons for a binder.
Have you considered couponing for items for your local mission?
Need to start couponing..
Toni Levidis says
Starting from scratch Just lost job in August after working for 8 years Need to save on groceries so I can use husbands pay on house bills Thank you!!!
I started couponing about 2 months ago…I have 3 toddler boys and decided To start as a hobby But a good way to help my family. Iget so excited about saving money and Feel Accomplished as well. It is a satisfying hobby. Thank you for your tips I am putting my first organizer together.
Just starting out and very excited. Found a couple local groups to work with. They are fantastic. Always seeking new information and ideas. I am an organizer.
Hey! What groups do you work with for couponing?
I’m going to start. How do I get coupons without buying papers? What web sites do you use to get more coupons? Thank you!!
Sarah Roe says
@Sharyn Visit manufacturer websites directly for coupons also CouponDede.com is great for coupons!
Panda Cuddles says
you can print coupons on coupons.com, I use it to print coupons for things I will actually buy (preparing your shopping list and going through adds helps to prioritize which coupons to print so you don’t end up wasting ink and paper). There’s an app called “flipp” that I have been using for months now, it is very very useful! It allows you to look through local store ads on your mobile device, circle items that you are thinking/planning to buy that are at a price that seems good to you and even allows you to add mfr coupons that are available to your store member rewards card! It is also a helpful way to create a shopping list that shows where the best deals are for items you want to buy. Coupons, flyers, shopping list, store membership cards, all in one! I would highly recommend it!. There are also other money saving apps like “Ibotta” and “Checkout 51”. I’ve been using both and like “Ibotta” more because I have more use for items they list so I’ve actually been able to cash out money but still working on earning enough to cash out at “Checkout 51.”
Also, Sarah, thanks for your advice! Very helpful!
Same!! I’ve cashed it on Ibotta several times but still have t made enough on CK51 lol
On Sunday’s the dollar tree usually has the paper, and its only $1.
Peggy Smith says
I just downloaded my calculator icon to front of my phone… Less to haul around in binder.
rachel hartwell says
I need help how do i get started with couponing
Ever since I began couponing, I have always searched for a better way to organize all my coupons. Like many people, I started out with an accordion style coupon envelope made of flimsy plastic that quickly split open and also made finding any coupons very difficult. I ended up not using the coupons that I cut out because it was too much effort to search through my piles of coupons to find the ones I needed. Trust me, if you are considering starting up couponing, you must begin this way by using a binder where you can view all of your coupons. Will it take a little bit more time each week as you place them into the folder? Yes. But it is well worth it.
I’ve been using paper clips and an envelope to this point and need something better, so I am going to put a notebook together. We need to track categories as well as dates. Any tips on keeping the dates organized? Or is that just pure discipline going through the book every week?
Sarah Roe says
It’s a lot of discipline. Also I used dividers in my notebook, I also had a box like a file folder box that I would put inserts into sorted by dates when I used to get tons and tons of coupons. That helped a lot then I moved them to my binder when I knew I was about to use them.