I used to coupon all the time, I hardly would purchase something without a coupon. I took about a year off from serious couponing. I had a nice size stockpile and I was burn out. No matter what someone tells you, couponing is like having a part time job, it is work, completely worth it but work nonetheless. My stockpile is about gone so it is time to get back to work. First thing was I needed a new coupon binder and organizing system. My old binder was torn beyond repair and I wanted to try a little different organizing system.
I ordered a new zippered binder. I ordered this one from Amazon.com. If you are thinking of starting a coupon binder get a zippered one! Trust me once you drop your notebook and spend hours picking up and resorting coupons you will be glad you have a zippered binder. I recommend getting at least a 2” binder and a 3” binder if you coupon at CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens. It is easier to keep a separate section for these stores. The one I purchased is a 3” binder with 5 folders and a mesh pocket.
There are so many ways to set up your binder. It is a personal preference you have to decide what works best for you. I have tried organizing by alphabet, manufacturer, etc. The one I like the best is by category, sort of set up by grocery aisle. I have 16 categories I use: baking, beverages, bread, breakfast, canned goods, cleaning supplies, condiments, dairy, frozen food, health and beauty, laundry, medicine, misc, paper products, pets, and snacks. I made a table of contents page for my binder with all the categories listed, I put the page in a sheet protector.
After the table of contents page I have 3 half page protectors. I use these for this weeks shopping list, rebates, and one yet to labeled. I know I had it planned for something but I can not remember what, it will come to me eventually.
Next is the index holders for your categories, I suggest the plastic ones they are a little sturdier and hold up better than the paper kind. I bought Avery over sized write on index holders. They were 3.00 for a pack of 8 at Wal-Mart. I used my label maker to make the labels instead of writing on them, for me it is easier to see.
Next it is time to put in the coupons in. I use a combo of baseball car holders and 4x6 photo holders sheets. I use the baseball holders for most of the coupons I cut out of the paper and I use the 4x6 holders for printed coupons.
In the according folders that are in the binder I am using 3 of those, one for current ads, coupons to be cut and flyers.
In the mesh pocket I keep scissors, post it flags, ink pens and a dry erase maker. I do not keep a calculator in my binder because I love the one on my phone and use it all the time. I use the post it flags to mark a coupon that is about to expire that is a need item I will purchase or to mark a free coupon that I need to remember to use. The dry erase marker is great for making notes on the baseball holders if you need to make a note about a coupon or the price of the item you have a coupon for. A paper towel will wipe it right off.
That is my coupon binder. I hope this gives you an idea or two for your own binder. While couponing is a bit of work it is worth it.
Here is an example of my savings from a sale run to Publix today. I am in the process of rebuilding my stockpile. Not my best deal by any means but with the cereal and bread sale I stockpiled a good bit. Today I saved 61% at Publix. My cost was 26.00. I got lucky there was a 50% off sale of Kellogg today and I had coupons for what I purchase. Missing from the photo is Pillsbury pizza dough, biscuits and rolls I had already put them in the fridge.