I’ve had a request to cover the top tips for putting together a coupon binder so here we go! I’ll cover a few things over a few posts so a single post won’t be 100 pages long!
1. Let’s start with the bones of a coupon binder
- Go with a zippered binder. If you are clumsy (like me) you are going to drop it- and often. Dropping a non-zippered binder usually means the rings pop open and all the sheets fall out. That is a BAD thing. Personally I really like the Case It Binders. They are sturdy and last a long time compared to some of the cheaper ones. One with a strap is even better!
- Chose the right size. I’d suggest at least a 3 inch binder. That should have enough space for all your coupons while not being too big to carry.
2. Then you will need the guts of the coupon binder:
Avery Ready Index Table of Contents Dividers, 26-Tab– I like these because they are color coded to make it easy!
Tabs: Decide on the number of tabs you want and what categories. You can go as broad or as specific as you want. Here are the very broad tabs I used when I had a binder:
- Shelf Stable
You can even make them more specific with sub categories!
Baby: Diapers, Feeding, Washing
Beverage: Coffee, Soda, Juice, Other
Canned: Soups, Veggies, Fruit, Sauces, Misc
Fridge: Yogurt, Cheese, Packaged Foods, Other
Frozen: Pizza, Entrées, Veggies, Sides, Dessert/Ice Cream, Other
HBA: Hair, Body, Facial Care, Pain, Allergy, Cold, Cosmetics, Feminine, Other
Household: TP, Paper Towels, Tableware, Laundry, Cleaning Chemicals, Trash Bags, Food Storage, Cups/Plates, Othr
Meats/Produce: Fresh Meat, Fresh Produce, Packaged Meats, Packaged Produce
Pet: Food, Care
Shelf Stable: Breakfast, Condiments/Dressings, Baking, Pasta, Snacks- Salty, Snacks- Sweet, Candy,
- What order to put the tabs in? This will be a personal preference. I used the matchups posted here on MSM as my reference: Meat, freezer fridge. self items, then personal care, baby, household and then misc. items. Some people like to have them in the order of aisles of their store- but find out what works for YOU. There is no right or wrong way.
3. What type of coupon sheets? Again, this will come down to personal preference. I like the 3 to a sheet ones that let me see an entire coupon and they are perfect for printable coupons!
These 100 BCW 3-Pocket Currency And Coupon Size Binder Pages are $16.70. They allow the full coupon to be seen with no folding necessary. They are perfect for printable coupons.
These 100 BCW 9-Pocket Plastic Sheets are great for smaller coupons.
If you don’t think y0u need 200 sheets of insert pages (but you might) you could always go in with a friend and split each package!
I also suggest a few of these envelopes in the binder- I keep all my rainchecks in one for each store.
C-Line Polypropylene Binder Pocket with Velcro Closure- They are perfect for keeping receipts too!
Regardless of HOW you set up a coupon binder or if you even use one: Organization is CRUCIAL.
Next post we will look at other items to put in your binder & look for a fun giveaway at the end of the series!