How to organize coupons

Extreme couponing has taken off across the nation and inserts are falling from the sky. Well at least couponing is all over. So finding some good coupon clear plastic photo or baseball card holders or sheets are becoming harder and harder to find. I personally use the middle one below. The four slots per sheet. They are small enough to get a lot of coupons on one sheet, but big enough to get the coupons to show what they are without folding the coupons up so small you can’t tell what coupon it is.

But like I say in my Couponing 101 – Coupon organization is a personal choice as to how to do it. And to make sure you do what works for YOU! Pick the three slots to have your coupons opened up more so you can visually see what is inside the pocket without trying to pull them out. Or get the smaller pockets where you can get more coupons on one sheet to save room.Coupon book page inserts20 (Twenty Pages) – Pro 3-Pocket Coupon Storage Pages (3 Horizontal 3 1/2 x 8 inch Sized Top Loaded Slots)

As low as $7.23 and free shipping for a box of 20 sheets!

  • 20 (Twenty Pages) – Pro 3-Pocket Coupon Storage Pages (Three 3 1/2 x 8 inch Sized Top Loaded Slots)
  • Holds 3 – 3 1/2 X 8 inch Sized Items … about the size of the larger older US Dollar Bills
  • Made of heavy duty Polypropylene. Made in USA!
  • Strong Welds – NO PVC – Horizontal slots BCW or Ultra Pro Brand

Coupon clear plastic inserts20 (Twenty Pages) – Pro 4-Pocket Coupon Page (3.5 X 5 inches, top load pockets)

As low as $5.90 and free shipping for a box of 20 as an add on item

  • 20 (Twenty Pages) – Pro 4-Pocket Coupon Page (3.5 X 5 inches, top load pockets)
  • Has 4- 3 1/2 X 5 1/4 inches, top load pockets – Great for coupons and couponing ….
  • Dimensions: Pocket 3 15/16 x 5 1/2 and Page 8 7/8 x 11 3/8
  • Made of heavy- duty Polypropylene. Made in USA!

320 (Twenty Pages) – BCW Pro 6-Pocket Page (Tall or Widevision Trading Cards)

As low as $6.24 and free shipping for a box of 20

  • 20 (Twenty) – BCW Pro 6-Pocket Page (Tall or Widevision Trading Cards)
  • Holds 6- 2 1/2 X 5 1/2 Cards or Photos
  • Dimensions: Pocket 2 5/8 x 5 1/2 and Page 8 7/8 x 11 3/8
  • Made of heavy- duty Polypropylene. Made in USA!

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When I started couponing years ago I thought I would get a coupon binder that looked very office orientated. It was a black fake leather binder. It lasted all of a couple weeks before it fell apart. I came across a binder that seemed to fit couponing perfectly. It had a large three ring binder on one side, and on the other it had a smaller three ring binder. It zipped all the way around and had pockets and a handle that made it really easy to keep things inside without falling out.  And I could hang on to it while wrestling little ones.

It was a Case-It binder. There are many many different versions, single three rings or doubles. And they come in all kinds of dimensions, for the casual couponer to the extreme couponer.

Best part about that binder, is that after all of these years – I still have the same binder! Its full to the max, and is about 5-6 inches thick. But yet still does the job, zips closed, and I can still hang on to it while I wrestle the kids!

Here are the selections they have on sale for Case-It Binders – where you can find all sizes. Or you can see the version of the one I use below:

caseitCase-it 2-in-1 Adjustable Zipper 3-Ring Dual Binder, 1 Set of 3-Inch Rings and 1 Set of 1.5-Inch Rings, Red, Dual-500-RED
On sale for as low as $29.66 and free shipping

  • 3-Inch binder rings and 1.5-Inch binder rings in one unique package
  • Adjustable spine expands binder for up to 5-Inch of capacity
  • Removable pencil case, padded media pockets, and plenty of other storage space
  • Built-in handle and shoulder strap
  • Unique angled zipper design for easy opening and closing

 

And if you need the clear plastic sheets to hold your coupons inside the binder – See our post:

 Couponing 101 – Coupon Binder Clear Plastic Sheets On Sale

 

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So often we get emails or comments asking where to get a three ring coupon binder. Well there are a lot of different options. We use a Case-It brand binder. Right now there are some good sales on Amazon for Case-It binders and others:

Case-It binders as low as $17.95

No name binders for a few bucks

Vertical Photo Pages for 3-Ring Binders, Holds 6 – 4″x6″ Photos/Page, 10/Pack AVE13401 or you can get them
As low as $2.58 HERE

These are some great links to help get your self a pro-coupon binder

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Here are a few ideas on some tools to build your coupon binder with. The inbox has a question about this at least once a week, and while we enjoy this correspondence, the thought occurs that where there is one question there is bound to be more.

MLB Ultra Pro 9 Pocket Pages “Silver Series” (100 pages)

$16.95 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, or $.17 per page

20 (Twenty Pages) – Pro 6-Pocket Coupon Page (Tall Vertical Slots)

$8.56 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, or.42 each page

BCW Pro 4-Pocket Page (100 Ct. Box)

$19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. that is $.20 a sheet

Case-It Locker 3-Inch Q Zipper Binder, Black (LKR-Q-03 BLK)

$19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25

While this binder is not exactly what I currently use for my coupons, if  I needed to replace mine this is what I would consider.

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Coupons 101 PART 4- How to organize your coupons
(To read my earlier post click link Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Since I wrote this post I have upgraded to this binder….it works great the the extreme coupon shopper! (ME)
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Once you start to collect coupons you will notice very quickly they turn into a huge pile of clutter. The only way I will use coupons is if I can easily find them, and have them organized. Everyone has their own way, I have used several different methods but this is what works for me. This is a photo of my coupon binder, I found the binder at Walmart for $24 it seems to cover all my needs.

In the front on my binder I have clear sheet protectors , I have them labeled for my catalina coupons and one for rebates for the month. I also have one for each store I shop at example, Albertsons, Target, Walgreens…. In side of each pocket I can put that weeks ad, coupons I plan to use at that store etc. That way if I don’t want to haul my whole binder in with me, I can just take that stores packet. But most the time I take my whole binder in with me, because I never now what I might find on clearance, or sale….and I will need my coupons for that.

I have 20 sections in my binder, each of which have several categories. I use 3 ring photo sheets, some have a spot for 4 photos and others only hold 3. I know some people use card collection sheets to hold their coupons. But I found the sections were too small for my coupons. One thing I like about using the binder I can always add or take out a page as my needs change.

I love that I can zip it closed, when I used a box I was always spilling my coupons all over the place. The binder keeps every thing in place really well.

Before I up graded to getting 6 papers a week, I used these small photo albums you can find for $1 just about anywhere. I clipped holes in the side and put them in my day planner. This worked great when I only got one paper. ?But now that I get 6 Sunday papers, I quickly out grew my day planner.
These are the categories I have in my binder,
  1. Dairy -milk, Ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, butter, cheese, other dairy
  2. Breakfast-Kellogg’s cereal, Post cereal. GM cereal, other cereal, granola bars, Quaker products, breakfast mix, frozen breakfast, other breakfast
  3. Beverages- soda, fruit juice, veggie juice, powdered, other
  4. Canned- fruit, veggies, soup Campbell’s, soup other, broth, chili, sauce, other
  5. Condiments- mayo, pickles, olives, salad toppings, salad dressings, ketchup, mustard, peanut butter, jelly, other
  6. Grains-Dry pasta, mac& cheese, Hamburger helper, rice, side dishes, potatoes, baking- Brownies, cake, muffin, frosting, sugar, oil, flour, other
  7. Snacks-fruit snacks, nuts, popcorn, gum, candy, chocolate, crackers, cookies, chips, other
  8. Frozen- bread, rolls, pizza, dessert, pasta, veggies, dinners, meat, Asian, other
  9. Food misc.-diet, health, Mexican, Asian, ?meat, other
  10. Baby- diapers, soap, food, other
  11. Medication- laxatives, aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, muscle pain, cold meds, tums and pepto, first aide supplies, other
  12. Paper – tissue, t.p., napkins, paper plates, cups, Ziploc bags, glad bags, other
  13. Soap-hand soap, body wash, Dove product’s, Olay products, Shampoo with 2 full sheets,
  14. Personal care- deodorant, feminine, razors, shave gel,
  15. Toothpaste- Colgate, crest, kids, mouthwash, toothbrush,
  16. Make up- cover girl, olay, Revlon, maybelline, other, skin care, lotion, chap stick,
  17. Dish soap- liquid, powdered, laundry soap and products,
  18. Home- other cleaners, carpet, floor, window, Clorox, Lysol, bathroom, glade, air wick, oust, febreze,
  19. Pets-food, care, other
  20. Batteries
This is my system and it works great for me.
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