How I organize my coupon binder

Posted at 8:00 PM on Aug 21, 2012 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Aug 21st, 2012

I have been using the coupon binder coupon system for years and it is the only way that it works for me, but many of you prefer other methods.  I have been getting asked about how I organize my binder so I thought I would give you an idea of how I organize mine.  I know many of you organize A –> Z or by expiration date, but that is just WAY too much work for me.  I prefer to stick them in generic categories – here is how I organize mine.

The 7 categories that I have my binder divided into are:

  • Bread/Beverages/Breakfast
  • Baking
  • Canned/Boxed Goods
  • Frozen
  • Household (cleaners, etc)
  • Dairy/Meat
  • Snack foods

You can also watch a video about How to create your own coupon binder to learn more tips.

How do you organize your Coupons, what works best for you?


  • Liz says...
    Posted at 8:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Liz
    Aug 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I like those categories you organize your coupons with. I tried a binder for a while, but it just didn’t work for me. I prefer to use an accordion style coupon holder. I hated when I saw a coupon I needed when I was at the store and I had to mess up the whole page trying to get to it…

  • Karen says...
    Posted at 10:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Karen
    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I organize my binder by healhcare products, paper products, canned goods, etc….. If anyone is looking for a reasonable coupon binder to purchase make sure you check out

  • Stephanie says...
    Posted at 11:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stephanie
    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Since I do most of my shopping at Harris Teeter and getting thru supers are very important. I went thru HT and took pictures of how the isles were set up so my coupons and the isles match.
    No shuffling for those isles that have a few different catagories and I now am so used to this I can visit any store and recall what isle that would be at HT.

  • aggie says...
    Posted at 7:17 am by I am THAT Lady: aggie
    Aug 22, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I organize my binder similiar to yours’ but try to take out the ones that I need after I’ve looked at each ad and before I go to each store and put in separate envelopes with store name on them. I used to carry whole binder with me but it took me longer to shop and I seem to buy things I didn’t need and spent too much money. I really only shop a few stores now because it’s too overwhelming for me!

  • teressa says...
    Posted at 8:20 am by I am THAT Lady: teressa
    Aug 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

    That looks great, but how do you file your internet printed coupons or the odd sized ones?

    • Heather says...
      Posted at 11:18 am by I am THAT Lady: Heather
      Aug 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Teressa, I’ll fold any coupon to fit into the card holders in my binder. The only requirement when folding is the basic information must show on the front, such as the amount and item. And the expiration date must show on the back. Since the card holders are transparent all I have to do is flip the page to quickly check the date. Hope that helps!

  • Heather says...
    Posted at 11:16 am by I am THAT Lady: Heather
    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    My binder is huge. It’s one that zips up and when you open it, there is a 3-ring binder on both sides. So the left side holds all non-food, such as H&B, cleaning, paper products, and OTC q’s plus a section dedicated to store q’s, such as Target, RA VV’s, etc.
    The right side holds all food q’s and it’s broken down into breakfast/snack, cold/frozen, meats, food, pet, and misc.
    I also have a zipper pouch in there so as I’m shopping I pull my q’s and place them in there so when I get to the cashier they’re all in one place.
    I’ve used this system for about 3 years now and it’s kept me sane. It’s also an obsession and I’m quite proud of my binder. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way, ha ha ha!!!!!!

  • Dianne Ortiz says...
    Posted at 10:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dianne Ortiz
    Dianne Ortiz
    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I recently started using a binder and bought it with premade categories. I like it but I think I need to not have so many catagories. Just have to figure out what one will work for me I guess.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 8:32 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Aug 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Having less categories makes more sense to me – I spend little time figuring out what category I put them in.

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