There are many different ways to organize coupons. What do you do it? My mom used to use a little envelope to keep all of her coupons in. My aunt used one of those little accordion folders (about the size of an envelope, just thicker). When I first started couponing, I used the binder method. Now, I use the coupon box. The coupon box is by far my favorite way to organize my coupons. If you are new to couponing and are curious about how to organize coupons, this post is for you.
If you have been couponing for a while, but are curious how to organize coupons because maybe the method you are using takes too long or costs too much, then this post is for you, too. I want to highlight a couple of the most popular coupon organization techniques. Hopefully, you will find a way to organize your coupons that suites you well.
1. Coupon Binder
When I first started couponing, I used a coupon binder to organize my coupons. I found this too time consuming for me, so I switched over to the coupon box. Here are the supplies you need for the binder method:
With the binder method, you use dividers to separate categories (similar to that of the coupon box) and the use several baseball card holders behind each dividers. You clip all of your coupons and put a different coupon in each baseball card pocket. Most of the coupons won’t fit in the pocket, so you will have to fold them to make them fit.
One of the benefits of the coupon binder is that you can see all of the coupons you have all at once. As much as I liked being able to see all of my coupons, it became very time consuming. By the time I had all of my coupons sorted and filed, it was time to go back through my binder to weed out my expired coupon. I also had so many coupons that I had to add a ton It was all consuming and it made me want to stop couponing. Luckily, I found the coupon box and it saved my sanity. 😉 Make sure you read this post about my coupon binder.
2. Coupon Box
I organize my coupons with a Coupon Box. Not only is it quick, but I find that I am more organized when I use the box. I switched over to the box after couponing with the binder for almost a year. Although, the binder method has worked wonders for many people, the Coupon Box is my favorite way to organize my coupons.
With the coupon box, you basically have an envelope for your different categories. All coupons that fit in a category go into that envelope. Now it might seem like too many coupons to go through when you are looking for what you need, but it is really not that difficult. When I clip my coupons, I can quickly file them away in the correct envelope. Then, when I am planning my shopping trip, I can pull out the coupons I need in no time.
Find more information here:
- Go here to see a video on what is a coupon box
- Go here to see my categories for my coupon box. Hopefully that will help you create your own categories.
- Go here to see how I clip my coupons so quickly!
3. Insert Method
One other method that some couponers use is the insert method. I don’t know a whole lot about this method, because I have never used it myself, but here are the nuts and bolts of what you need:
You basically put all of your inserts from one weekend into one hanging file folder (place each different insert – Smart Source, P&G and Red Plum – into a different file folder inside the hanging file folder). Now, since I have never used the insert method, I am not sure where you put your printable coupons. When you go to get ready for your shopping trip, you find the inserts where your coupons are and clip them then. This method seems very fast at first, but it also seems like it would be more time consuming when it comes to preparing for your shopping trip. Also, since all of your coupons are at home in the file box, you won’t have your coupons with you if you find a good deal in the store. Again, I have never used it before, so I can only tell you what little I know about it.
4. Something Basic
If all of this “how to organize coupons” talk is overwhelming for you, maybe you are looking for something much smaller and simpler. Maybe something like this coupon organizer is more your style. There is no wrong way to organize your coupons. As long as your are sticking to my primary principals of couponing 101 then you will save money.
You have to choose a method that fits your life style and your personality. I am very busy and have very little extra time but I like being organized. The Coupon Box works best for me because it takes very little time but I still know where everything is so I feel organized.
Which coupon organization method do you use? Do you organize your coupons in a way I haven’t addressed here? I’d love to hear how you keep everything together.