I have been couponing for over a year, but could never come up with a system I liked for holding/organizing them. I didn't think I had enough coupons to make a binder, so I usually just kept them all in an envelope and took out what I thought I would need on my shops, and kept in a separate spot in my wallet.
However, over the last few months this has not been working so well. I decided to go ahead and make a binder.
What you will need:
- 3 ring binder (one that zips closed is best)
- page dividers
- inserts (trading card inserts or 4*6 photo pages work well)
- ziplock bag
Once you have all of the required tools to build your binder, you need to decide how to organize it. Personally, I organized mine the same way I do my shopping list - by grocery department.
- Personal Care
- Miscellaneous (coupons that may be for a specific store)
- For Trade (extras or ones that I won't use)
Once I had my dividers labelled, I placed them in the binder.
I gathered all my coupons, lay them out on the floor and grouped them together based on my above categories.
I then made sure that I had all duplicates together, and decided whether I could realistically use them before expiring. If no, they went to the trade pile.
Once all coupons were organized, I started inserting them into my trading card inserts (I used the scissors to trim up the coupons neatly; some still needed to be folded to fit though)
Once I had each category filled, I placed them into the binder behind the appropriate divider.
The last pages at the back are my "trades"; however, I won't trade them all. Often times I become a "coupon fairy" and leave them on the shelf with the appropriate item for someone else to use. I have been the recipient a few times of other coupon fairies, and it is a great way to give back to others.
The ziplock bag is kept inside so I can add any coupons I find from tearpads and what not.
Now that I have everything organized, I am amazed at the amount of coupons I actually had. I found FIVE envelopes on the go in different places - crazy.
This is just a very basic how to; there are actually many different ways to organize them. Some people use coupon wallets/clutches; others use boxes or envelopes.
Do you coupon? How do you organize yours?