How I organize my coupon binder

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?

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  1. Liz says

    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…

  2. Stephanie says

    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.

  3. aggie says

    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!

    • Heather says

      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!

  4. Heather says

    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!!!!!!

  5. Dianne Ortiz says

    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.

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