When it comes to organizing your coupons, there are several options. It seems the most popular are the binder and/or clipless method). I’ve actually have had some recent inquires about the binder that I use to keep my coupons organized, so I thought I’d show you what I use and how I came to the decision I did.
There are so many options out there, but the one I use is very similar to the one pictured above (the exact one I use is no longer produced). You can actually find several great zipper binders on Amazon.
Now, if you already know that you would like to use a binder system, some key points to look at when shopping for yours include:
- Does it zip closed? I recommend that it does. It is just so simple for coupons to fall out of one that doesn’t close shut. Zipping it closed helps keep everything all “locked up tight” until you are ready to use it.
- Does it have a carrying handle? I love my handle! It makes it so easy to get it in and out of the store. I even have a shoulder strap on mine, which is just another easy way to transport it from point A to point B.
- Does it have storage pockets? I love these! I use the one on the inside of my book to store my shopping list, ink pen and coupons I know for sure I will use on products on my list. It is also great to be able to stuff in coupons you may find in the store from tearpads or displays.
- Can you store your unclipped inserts? This isn’t as important as the other options, but it certainly is VERY nice. I have a tabbed section on the outside of my binder, where I place my unclipped inserts. That way, if I am in the store and see an unadvertised deal on an item, I can pull up the Coupon Database, see if there is a coupon, clip it and be on my way.
I use baseball card inserts as shown here. However, you can use the clipless method within a binder. Rather than baseball card sleeves, you can just use plastic inserts. Then, write down the date of the insert on the insert’s outside, slide it into place and you’ll have your inserts handy at a moments notice.
Keeping organized when it comes to couponing is key in helping you really save. Nothing is worse than getting home and finding that elusive coupon hidden in the bottom of your purse…which of course, expired yesterday. You can read more about keeping organized here.