A New Coupon Organizer

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by on May 19, 2009

IMG_4995I am so excited about my new coupon organizing system! I’ll be honest and say that it took a bit of work to get it set up, but this is because I had so many coupons to begin with. (And it is so worth it!) I was already using two separate coupon holders to carry all my coupons and then it became a pain to try to find the right coupon while in the store when I found that great clearance item. (Check out my own holder here)

IMG_4992This new organizing system allows me to carry all my coupons in one binder, see what coupons I have immediately, and keep them organized so nothing gets lost. I picked a binder that zips up, too, because I didn’t want coupons to fall out when I’m carrying it. I definitely recommend this system, but of course, everyone is different and you really should organize your coupons the way that works best for you.

If you are looking for a new way to organize your coupons,
or just starting out, take a look to see if this would work for you!
Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

3-ring Binder- I found this binder on clearance at an office supply store for only $9.99. There is a pretty wide range of prices for 3-ring binders, but check the back clearance section or Amazon for a good deal.

Dividers- I used old manilla folders: cut them in half, added 3-punch holes, and labeled them.

Baseball Cards plastic sheets- Find these at office supply stores, Target, Walmart, or Kmart to name a few.

And of course, Coupons! To learn about how increase your coupons, check out my 10 Tips to Increase Your Coupon Stash.

Organizing:

IMG_4993I have my coupons divided into categories. These categories include:

Drug Store:
Teeth
Face Products/Items
Hair Products
Deodorant
Shaving Products
Body Wash & Soap
Feminine Products
Medicine & Vitamins
Cleaning Products

Grocery:
Frozen Foods
Meat & Dairy
Fresh Produce & Bread
Breakfast
Canned Goods
Snacks & Drinks
Condiments
Baking Goods
Paper Products
Baby Products
Pet Products
Batteries, Lightbulbs, & Misc

The total cost for my new coupon system was only $9.99, but it is worth so much more to me.

3-ring binder $9.99 (clearanced)
Dividers ($0, around the house)
Plastic Sheets ($0, around the house)
Organized Coupons That Make Shopping Easier: PRICELESS!

How do you organize your coupons?

Free Samples. Here

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  • Erica

    Great post very helpful I am actually just getting really into collecting coupons so I think I will give your method a whirl.

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  • A Cheap Chick

    Will you organize me now? You would seriously laugh if you saw my system. I use a portable expanding file with tabs similar to yours. Since it’s as deep as a file folder I had to use file folders to make homemade separate “pull out”….umm…thingys. See, I told you…

    I’m thinking about going to the insert method and logging coupons, inserts and expiration dates in a spreadsheet with filters…. it all seems like a lot of work…

    By the way, don’t you love the looks on people’s faces when you walk in with an organizer full of coupons. :)

  • Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama

    That is exactly how I organize mine (and I am a professional organizer :-) except I have less categories- you are good!!

  • ~Mrs Sandy~

    Love it!!!!! Just stopping by from SITS and wanted to say hello!

  • The Sensible Momma

    Thanks, ladies! I’m pretty excited about this new system and I really think it will help me stay more organized and ultimately SAVE more!

  • Songbirdtiff

    This is a good system, and I did it for a while. Couponing isn’t my thing, but I admire those who can really get into it. :)

  • Charlene

    I have a binder very similar to yours–the only thing I don’t like about it is the bulk–I carry a big purse,too and sometimes when I’m walking into a store I feel like it looks like I’m moving in! The savings it gets me more than makes up for it though, and I like being able to see at a glance what I have.

  • Together We Save

    Your binder looks alot like mine. I do use pocket folders in the front to hold rebate forms, and sale flyers.

  • Jen

    This is what I am in the process of creating–although it’s taking forever since I also have a lot of coupons and I’d gotten quite behind in cutting them! Good idea to get the zippered binder b/c I’m already noticing it’s easy for them to fall out!! I’ll need to switch to that! It does seem like it will make the time in the store much faster!

  • Erin @ Closing Time

    Great tip!! I need to reorganize my coupons…I never would have thought of using baseball card holders!

  • Economique

    Your method is definitely a lot better than mine. I’ve been using an accordion file and it isn’t exactly the highest quality. I’ve only had it for a month or two and it already fell apart from having too many coupons stuffed in it.

  • Momma Snail

    This is the best system, ever! I will definitely be using it!

  • http://livelargespendless.blogspot.com/ 8isGreat

    I tried a binder method, but found it needed a greater investment of time to keep up with it. I now use a “coupon purse” with an assortment of coupon folders. I have photos of it on my blog here : http://livelargespendless.blogspot.com/2009/04/time-saving-tuesday-organizing-coupons.html

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    Thanks for sharing your method! It is good to see how other people organize since one way doesn’t work for everyone.

  • April

    I also use a binder similar to this one, but I alphabetize my coupons by product. That way when I’m in the store, I can go right to the item such as McCormick or Capri Sun. There are so many different categories, I figured that there were just as many letters in the alphabet, so I find that this type of filing works better for me, besides some of the coupons are for multiple types of products, such as body wash and/or deodorant or shampoo.

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    April, I can also see the benefit to organizing your coupons by alphabet! It would also help when I’m shopping with my hubby and he wants to see if I have a coupon for something!

    Great example of how coupon organization is as unique as we are! It is great to hear of all these different ways and figure out what works best for us.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie

    I am new to the coupon world, but started through CouponSense. The reason I liked it so much is the fact that I don’t have to cut any of the coupons until I go grocery shopping, and then I know exactly where the sales are and what coupon will match up with different items. Have you ever used CouponSense or heard about it? This reduces the workload by at least 80% because they put all the store ads in a data base and allow you to search coupons, know when they expire, etc.

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    Hi Katie, actually most everything that you find on CouponSense, you’ll find here and the best part is that I don’t charge. You can sign up for my updates for Free and find all the best deals. I list the grocery deals for AZ each week along with the coupon match-ups (I tell you the coupon insert they were in) so it can save you a ton of time and money.

    On average I save 65% off my grocery bill and 90% off the drug store. I started this blog because I want to help people save money and find the deals I find. I do the work for you! :) If you have questions, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help you!

  • http://jleighdesignz.blogspot.com/ Jennifer @ J. Leigh Designz

    I have a binder like this and for the life of me can’t get myself to actually put coupons in there. it gets me all anxious LOL!
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  • http://www.AZActiveKids.com Holly Hunter

    This is such a GREAT IDEA! I used to be a scrapbooker and I have a binder with all of these great plastic organizers for stickers…I’m so going to convert it into my new coupon organizer! I can’t believe I stumbled upon this awesome idea! I actually have 3 organizers that are popping at their seams right now so this will be great to be able to see them all finally! Thanks!

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  • Kay

    I wanted something that would fit in my purse, so I got a $1 photobook from the dollar store, then I labeled recipe cards with categories similar to yours. On the recipe cards, I wrote what coupons I had & the date the expired, then when I use them I can mark or print another to replace it. When the recipe cards get messy, just use the otherside or replace. As a beginner this didn’t take long to set up, maybe an hour.

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  • http://5purposedriven.wordpress.com Maggie

    I started with a binder similar to this and LOVED it. Lately, though, it’s gotten heavy and I’m having trouble wagging it. I also noticed that it was too small for our Wal*Mart’s buggies. I had a bit of trouble with others with it slipping down. I am trying a Creative Memories sticker binder I’d purchased for scrapbooking off ebay. It was in the $10 range as well, but has a lot of pockets for things, a hand handle, and a shoulder strap. I tried it today at RiteAid…a bit bulkier than I would have liked, but it laid all the way across the front of the buggy, and had pockets big enough for my wallet, phone, and keys without the need for my purse. Always pros and cons, but I am liking it. I just don’t like looking so conspicuous while shopping! Oh well! I seem to always need to reference something in it, so it’s worth it!

  • Michele

    I like this system for organizing at home. I use http://www.dinnerdynamo.com for sales-based meal plans and could easily match coupons from the organizer with items on my shopping list before heading out to the store. I hate fumbling around for coupons at the store. I only take what I need. Thanks!

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