Today we are going to look at organizing your coupons using The Coupon Binder method. (The best organization method for you will be based on your savings goals, time and available resources.)
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To start using the binder method you will need:
3 Ring Binder :
Look for a 2″ 3 ring binder. My 3 ring binder is 1 1/2″ but it really needs to be 2″ and that would be perfect!
I like to use plastic because it is more durable, double pockets to put extra coupons, price lists, etc in and big 5 tabs to make it easier to read.
Baseball Card Holders :
I suggest buying a pack of 100 – 9 pocket baseball card holders as these are a perfect fit for most coupons and it is easy to spot a coupon behind the clear sheets.
You can pick what ever categories make sense to you, but below are the categories I use and a sample of the types of coupons you can find in each category. I suggest using the store that you shop at the most as your guide for setting up your binder. I use Meijer as my guide for organizing my coupons. I try to organize my coupons into the proper category of the department they are found in. For example Pillsbury biscuits are found in the Dairy department so I file them under Dairy even thou they aren’t what I would consider a Dairy item. Not everyone is going to put the same coupon in the same category, just use what makes sense to you.
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Baby Food, Baby Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Diapers, Diapering Creams & Powders, Formula, Wipes.
Backing Cups, Cake Mix, Cocoa Mix, Cookie Mix, Cooking spray, Flour, Frosting, Jello,Marshmallows, Muffin Mix, Nuts, Oil, Pie Filling, Pudding, Seasonings, Sugar, Syrups, Yeast.
Coffee, Drink Mixes, Juice, Tea, Pop/Soda, Water.
Bagels, Bread, Breakfast Bars, Breakfast Drinks, Cereal, English Muffins, Granola Bars, Oatmeal, Pancake Mix, Pop-Tarts, Syrup, Waffle Mix.
BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Jam/Jelly, Ketchup, Marinades, Mayo, Mustard, Olives, Peanut Butter, Pickles, Salad Dressings, Salsa, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce.
Butter, Cheese, Cookie Dough, Cottage Cheese, Creamer, Eggs, Milk, Parmesan Cheese, Pie Crusts, Refrigerated Dips, Refrigerated Pillsbury Products, Refrigerated Jello/Pudding, Sour Cream, Yogurt.
Frozen Breads, Frozen Chicken, Frozen Dinners, Frozen Fruit, Frozen Juice, Frozen Meats, Frozen Pillsbury Products, Ice Cream, Pizza, Popsicle, Vegetables.
Beans, Boxed Dinners, Canned Dinners, Canned Fruit, Canned Poultry, Canned Vegetables, Pastas, Pasta Sauce, Rice, Tuna
(This is my catch-all category… if I’m not sure where it should go I put it here)
MEAT, POULTRY & SEAFOOD
Bacon, Breakfast items, Ham, Hot Dogs, Packaged Deli Meats, Pepperoni, Refrigerated Entrees, Refrigerated Sides, Refrigerated Meats, Sausage, Seafood
Fruit, Hummus, Mission Tortillas, Salad Dressing (found in produce section), Vegetables, Veggie Dip
SNACK & CANDY
Candy, Chips, Crackers, Cookies, Dried Fruit, Fruit Snacks, Gum, Jerky, Nuts, Pop Corn, Pretzels
Cold Medicine, Contact Solutions, Cough Drops, Eye Drops, Health Bars, Health Shakes, Meters, Vitamins
(This can be divided into sub-categories, but we don’t normally buy medicines so I don’t bother putting them into sub-catagories.)
I have personal care broken down into the following sub-categories:
BODY : Body Lotion, Body Wash, Razors, Shave Gel, Soap, Personal Lubricants, Q-Tips.
COSMETICS : Beauty Tools, Facial Cleansers, Facial Lotions, Lip Products, Make-up, Nail Polish.
DENTAL : Children’s Toothpaste, Floss, Denture Care, Mouthwash, Teeth Whiting Products, Toothbrush, Toothpaste.
DEODORANT : Anti-Perspirant, Body Mist, Deodorant.
FEMININE : Condoms, Cleansing Cloths, Incontinent Supplies, Pads, Pregnancy Tests, Tampons.
FIRST AID : Antibiotic Ointment, Bandages, Sanitizer.
HAIR CARE : Conditioner, Hair Color, Hair Spray, Shampoo, Styling Product.
I have household broken down into the following sub-categoris:
BATTERIES : Batteries, Battery Adapters & Chargers.
CANDLES & AIR SPRAYS : Candles, Fabric Sprays, Plug-ins.
CLEANING : All Purpose Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray/Wipe, Dusting Spray, Furniture Polish, Glass Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
DISH : Dish Soap, Dishwasher Detergent, Hand Soap, Sponges.
LAUNDRY : Bleach, Fabric Softener, Laundry Detergent, Stain Fighting Products
PAPER : Moist Wipes, Paper Towels, Tissue, Toilet Paper.
PET : Food, Snacks, Toys.
STORAGE : Foil, Paper/Styrofoam Bowls, Cups, Plates, Parchment Paper, Plastic Sandwich/Snack Bags, Plastic Containers, Trash Bags, Wax Paper.
OTHER : (catch-all category) Insect Sprays, Light bulbs, Water Filtration Products.
What suggestions do you have for using the binder method? What organization method do you use? Send us a picture to include in our future posts! Share below in the comments section!