On Monday I mentioned that I like stocking up on back to school supplies for decorating my home. Binders are one of the things I like to pick up during back to school season. I use binders for making recipe books, organizing instruction manuals, tracking our budget, and so much more.
One binder I use every week without fail is my coupon binder.
The binder I found that works best for coupons is a Five Star binder. The reason I like it so much is because it zips closed, has a shoulder strap and a handle, and extra pockets.
I use the extra pockets to hold current rebates, large coupons (like Bed Bath & Beyond / large mailers from Csoco), or coupon inserts I haven't had a chance to cut the coupons out of yet. I also carry a pair of scissors and a pen.
I created a directory for my binder in word, printed it out on cardstock and placed it in a page protector*. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. You could break it down by isle if you shop at one store regularly, or just random categories like I did. I chose to use categories because I use my coupons at multiple stores every week.
I then used my label maker* to create labels* for each of the tabs of my tabbed page dividers*. When I placed the page dividers in the binder the tabs where not visible, because tabs where equal with the page protectors. To remedy this, I placed the page dividers in page protectors and cut a small slit in the page protector for each tab. The slit was just large enough for the tab. I did not cut the entire length of the page protector.
I organize the coupons in baseball card protectors*. Sometimes I have to fold a coupon to get it to fit into a spot. I just try not to fold the barcode when I fold it.
To avoid having to constantly open the binder and search for coupon as I walk through the store, I pull coupons I plan on using when I look at the sale flyers and make my list. I place the coupons I pull in a tiny coupon book* I keep in my purse that is labeled by store. I do take the binder with me into the store when I go in. Just in case I find an unadvertised special, and need a coupon I didn't pull.
Some of the websites I use to get printable coupons from:
Plus you can always check a manufacture's website for current coupons and rebates.
Some of the websites I use for coupon tips, deals, and match ups between store and manufacture coupons:
House Of Hepworths
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Confessions of an ADD Housewife
The Prudent Pantry