Whether you’re an extreme couponer or a casual coupon user, having your coupons organized and accessible can save you money. When you’re ready to make a purchase, and you can get to your coupons easily, you end up using your coupons more and saving more money.
I used to coupon a lot more, but now I mostly just use coupons to buy things at the drugstore. After a lot of trial and error, I started using this easy coupon organization method, and it’s saved me a lot of time.
I used to clip all of my coupons, and then organize them by type. It took me hours of time to get everything organized each week. Now, I take a much more simple approach:
How to Set Up an Easy Coupon Organization System
- Gather together all of your coupons and inserts, a three-ring binder, sheet protectors, and a marker.
- Begin by labeling all of the coupon inserts with the date they were published. For example, if you have a Red Plum insert from July 12, you’ll label the insert “7/12.”
- Put each insert into its own sheet protector. If you get multiple copies of inserts, you can put them together in the same sheet protector.
- Place all of your inserts into your three-ring binder in reverse chronological order. Your newer inserts will be at the front of your binder, and your oldest inserts will be at the back of the binder.
- Once your binder is full, you can add any other coupons you might have (Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, store coupons, etc.) to the pockets of the binder. If you plan on keeping your binder at home, you might want to store the other coupons in an envelope and keep it in your car so it’s easily accessible when you’re out and running errands.
- As you get new coupon inserts, dispose of your oldest inserts. Then, use the sheet protectors from the old inserts for your new ones. Not sure if your insert has expired? Check this Expired Insert Coupons List.
For my binder, I like to use a zip-up binder with a handle on it so I can bring it with me if I need to. I store a pair of scissors in the binder so I can bring my binder with me and cut out coupons as I’m watching television.
I bought my binder a few years ago when there was a great deal on them on Amazon. However, you might be able to find a used one if it’s close to the end of the school year. A lot of middle schools require kids to use this type of binder, and they get tossed at the end of the school year. You might also find a good deal on the binders during the back-to-school sales.
I like this system because it’s made it easy for me to find my coupons quickly. Most coupon match ups online list coupons by the insert name and date. By having my inserts labeled by date, I’m able to find the coupons quickly and easily.
How do you organize your coupons? Let us know in the comments!