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Coupon Organization!

by Nicole on April 8, 2009

I have received several emails inquiring as to how I organize my coupons. When I first started couponing I would just keep the inserts and write the date on the front of them. I kept the inserts together and every week would just look through them and clip the coupons I wanted.

I quickly figured out that this wasn’t the ideal way for me to keep my coupons. I am a very visual person and I need to be able to see all my coupons without shuffling through the inserts. I did some research online and found many other bloggers who keep a coupon binder.

I bought a zippered binder (a.k.a. Trapper Keeper) and sleeve protectors in 2 sizes (baseball card size and photo size). I had some write-on divider pages in the house and used those to create categories. I have approximately 15 categories (i.e. baking, dairy, frozen foods, etc.) and clip each coupon I come across. I put them in the sleeves according to category. You can put coupons on both sides of the sleeves. Here is what a page of my coupon binder looks like:

Yes, it does take time to clip each coupon, sort into the appropriate categories and then file in the binder, but this saves time when I’m at the store. The binder fits easily in the front of the cart for those trips when I decide to bring it with me.

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1 Marsha S April 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I use the binder system too, however, I put mine in ABC order instead of category. Not true ABC order, just the A’s, then the B’s etc. The biggest problem that I have is finding the time while I am doing so many other things online to even keep my coupons cut and into my abc file box, let alone actually get them to my binder. I am working on it.

2 Jennifer April 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I’ve been thinking about switching to a Trapper Keeper-style binder. I currently use an 8×8 scrapbook. The page protectors are large, and I just put a whole category of coupons down in it. The only problem is that I’m always worried about the screws that hold the whole thing together coming loose.

My hesitation with using this style of binder is that you have to fold the coupons. Does that get messy? Do you have a separate pocket for each brand? Or do you have several pain relievers in the same pocket?

Any advice you can offer would be great!

3 Tanya April 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Nicole,

This is a great idea. I am a visual person too. Where did you get the baseball card sheets?

4 Nicole @ Nicole's Nickels April 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Marsha! The time is hard to find but I think it pays off in the end when you want to go to the store and are sifting through all those coupons!

Jennifer: yes, I do fold coupons but always do it so I can still read the name of the product the coupon is for and see the expiration date. I use a separate pocket for each coupon (if I have more than one of the same I put it behind the other), the baseball card protectors fit 18 front and back so it isn’t so bad.

Tanya: I got the baseball card protector sheets at Staples where they have sheet protectors, they have all different sizes!

5 Michelle April 9, 2009 at 7:27 am

I have mine in one of those small pocket type thingies – it kinda looks like a recipe box only its folded with sections instead of an actual box.
it fits in my purse. I hate the way the coupons are all thrown in it though, you have to pull out the entire category to look for one coupon.
but I couldn’t go to the grocery store carrying a trapper keeper. I don’t like leaving the stash behind incase I come across a good deal that I know I have a coupon for.

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