Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My Coupon Binder
Ok, this may seem like a hassle, but believe me, it is worth it. I have 3 small children, so any organizing tip is worth gold for me. I figure if I'm going to the trouble to clip coupons, I might as well know where they are.
To organize and file my coupons, I bought a 3 ring binder and clear plastic baseball card holder pages. I made page dividers with those plastic page protectors and put cute scrapbook paper in the pockets to make it mine. In all, I have 25 categories so I can find my coupons fast. You might have more or less, depending on your own needs.
Also, in the front of the binder, I have a zippered pouch so I can store a small calculator, pen, special coupons, etc., and a small notebook I'll tell you about some other time.
I've learned to take my binder with me whenever I shop. For instance, yesterday I found band-aids clearanced down to $1.44. A good deal. But I was able to flip over to my "health" tab and find a $1 off coupon, making them practically free.
Did I mention how easy it is for me to plan my grocery list now, too? Pop open the binder and the weekly ads and match coupons to sales. Presto!
Just as an aside, I hesitated to post this last week when I was thinking about it because I thought it would be better to write about things with experience to back up my words. And so as a testimony, the kids and I went shopping yesterday and my binder method saved us a total of $42 in coupons, before sale prices. I hope you can benefit from this method too. I wish I had done it years ago.