Saturday, June 22, 2013

How to Make a Coupon Binder

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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)
  • pen
  • scissors
  • coupons
  • ziplock bag
Getting Started:

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.

  • Produce/Bakery/Meat
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Grocery
  • Household
  • Personal Care
  • Miscellaneous (coupons that may be for a specific store)
  • For Trade (extras or ones that I won't use)
step by step coupon binder guide

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?


  1. i really need to make one of these. ive only been couponing heavily for a couple months, and im still sooo disorganized

    1. It's amazing how much easier it is. I wish I hadn't waited so long

  2. I need to get organized like you are. Mine are sorted by expiry date in an envelope in my purse. I like the way you are doing it and will try to find the time to do the same.

    1. At least you have a way of organizing - I just had mine all thrown into the envelope. Thanks for visiting

  3. Thanks for the great idea's.....need to move up so lots of great suggestions! Thanks!

    1. no problem - hope it helps give you some ideas!


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