Clever Coupon Cents’s Coupon Binder

There are many different ways to organize your coupons. In an accordian-style coupon holder, file by full inserts, in a binder, etc… It all depends on what works best for YOU. I have found the putting my coupons in a binder with baseball card protector sheets holding my coupons is what works best for me.

My binder is a pink Case-It Dual binder. I found it at Walmart during their ‘Back 2 School’ sales for $14.97. Back to school sales are a great time to find cheap binders. It has a handle along the spine of the binder making it easy to just pick up and carry. There’s also a padded shoulder strap which is GREAT to have when you’re trying to get yourself, your binder, your purse, a 4 year old and a baby in a carseat into the store. Lol.

 

  

On the inside, there are two sets of 1.5″ rings. I use one side for food and the other side for non-food items. Included with the binder were also two black dividers. These keep each side separate from the other. My favorite feature of the binder is the velcro straps on each side that velcro the divider to the side of the binder (see second picture). This keeps each side nice and tight together so when you open and close the binder you don’t have all the pages flopping everywhere. It keeps them nice and organize and separate (see third picture).

  As far as my actual coupons go, I use the baseball card sheet protectors. Some don’t like that b/c you have to fold more of your coupons to fit, and they would rather use the currency sheet protectors, but I prefer the baseball ones. And, one of the most important things about the binder is the dividers. You MUST have dividers, otherwise your binder will just be one jumbled mess. Using dividers helps you know where certain coupons are, so if you come across an unexpected sale in the store you can flip right to whatever coupon you need!

If you have any more questions about how my binder is organized, just ask!
 

Comments

  1. Cathy Capozzoli says:

    I’m fairly new to couponing. Before now, I was just keeping them all in a index card box. I just got me a binder, dividers and a few sheet protectors to see how I can start organizing my coupons. I’ve divided the coupons into envelopes food, paper products, cleaning products, personal hygeine products, medical items/medicines, and a special envelope for my 2 year old for her items like diapers, wipes, toddler food, her special creams, etc… Now that I’ve done that, I’m just staring at these sheet protectors trying to figure out how to start. I realize I need a whole lot more sheet protectors. So my question I guess is how do you use the protectors-do you put one coupon in each slot or do you combine, say all your soup coupons into a slot, put all your toilet paper coupons in slot? I think I’m just overwhelmed looking at the piles of coupons and need a jumping off point to start putting them into the binder.

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      There’s a difference between sheet protectors and basball card protectors. Sheet protectors have one big opening big enough to fit a sheet of paper in them. It can get real messy keeping alot of coupons in something like that b/c they can get easily jumbled around in such a large space. The baseball card protectors, on the other hand, have 9 slots on one sheet, making it easy to keep track of your coupons. I would put once coupon in each slot. Well, if I had several of the same coupon, I would put them all in one slot, but if I had, say… a $.50/1 coupon and then a $.40/2 coupon for the same thing, I keep those separate. As well as name brands. You don’t want to put your Campbell’s coupons in with your Progresso coupons in the same slot, b/c what if you come across a sale of Progresso, but you pass up on it b/c you didn’t remember you had the coupons b/c they were hidden behind the Campbell’s coupons. So, coupons of the SAME KIND can go in one slot, but any difference in them, they need their own slot. :)

      • Cathy Capozzoli says:

        Yes, I have the baseball type and the currency type. I ordered a sample of different types from ebay just to see which kind I’d like the best. Thanks. I’ll eventually stop feeling overwhelmed. I had to step away from it last night. I’ll get back to it tonight and start filling the slots. Another question is, do you put them in a certain order? Right now I have them in order of expiration date. I know I cant’ keep doing that as I clip new coupons I would have to keep moving stuff around in the sheets and I don’t want to keep doing that. I know I’m getting too nitpicky and I’m sorry, but do you use each sheet protector for a certain product or are all your food products just mixed together?

        • Cathy Capozzoli says:

          Nevermind, I just clicked on your pictures so I could see it better. I like how you have your dividers for different types of food. Sorry if I was bothersome. You can tell I’m a newbie :)

          • Clever Coupon Cents says:

            You are not in any way bothersome! That’s what I’m here for… to answer your questions. :)

        • Clever Coupon Cents says:

          All my coupons are mixed together (within their perspective tabbed sections). For instance, I don’t keep all the Totino’s coupons on one page and all the Green Giants coupons on another… if they’re in the same section (frozen, refrigerated, etc…) then they can go wherever in that section. When I first started out, I tried to organize them by expiration date, too… but as you get more in to it, you will see, it is waaaay to overwhelming to do it that way when you have so many coupons coming in each week. :)

  2. crissi mcveay says:

    would u mind sharing your categories? this is what confuses me most.? please ?

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      On my food side I have, in this order; salty snacks, sweet snacks, pb&j, fruit, vegetables, pasta, soup, baking, breakfast, sides, condiments, drinks, refrigerated, yogurt, frozen, candy. On my non-food side I have, in this order, baby, reynolds/ziploc, surface cleaners, paper products, laundry, dishwashing, miscellaneous, air freshener, medicine, vitamins, eye care, first aid, beauty, oral care, soap & bodywash, hair care, lotion, shaving & deodorant, face wash.

  3. crissi mcveay says:

    oh and where is the cheapest place for card protectors? i went to the px a few weeks ago to pick up more and they were almost $5.00 for 20.. alittle steep.

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      Wow. $5.00 for 20…. that is a little higher than normal. I miss the PX. :( We were stationed in Germany for 5 years… we’ve been out of the Army for a couple years now. I got my years ago at the PowerZone. Do ya’ll have one of those on post? It’s like the electronics store… I don’t remember how much they cost though… lol. I did find them at Target for $5 for 30 recently.

      • Jodi says:

        I buy my baseball card sleeves from a comic book store. $15 for 100 sleeves and I have only used about half of my sleeves (I’m fairly new to couponing, only been doing it for about 8 months). You can resell whatever you didn’t use but I would recommend keeping them just in case you need them. :)

  4. crissi mcveay says:

    yes, they are the heavy duty ones which i like, but i need to go get more. ive been organizing my binder for days, and my head hurts..lol. we were in germany also, weisbaden. but now we are at fort campbell. i used to keep the booklets in sleeves by the dates but realized i am missing a lot of goodies, plus when i need something i have to look thru them all to see if i have a coupon for it. This way is alot better already, but i still have 3 weeks of 3 inserts per week to clip…

  5. Christine says:

    I organize mine alpahbetically , and I I just do it the way I will remember. A aluminum foil, B bread, beans. C candy, cookies, crackers, D dog food, deodo and so on. Then when I make my list I pull all the coupons and put them in zipper pouches in the front with the list and ad. It has worked great for me. I take my binder everywhere now because you never know when you will find a clearance item or great deal. My problem is my binder is getting too fat and it has no handle.

  6. Jodi says:

    I am curious, do you organize your coupons by expiration date in the individual categories? I am an organizational FREAK (I know, I hate it…lol) and it takes me hours just to do my coupon binder every week. Any tips to help me cut out some time?

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      I started out trying to organize by expiration date, but it was taking so long that I don’t do that anymore. Just as long as they go in their designated section, I’m satisfied. :) If you have larger generalized sections in your binder, it’s easier to pass over coupons and miss them and have them expire, but if you’re coupons are in more narrowed down sections (I have 32), then it’s easier to spot when some are about to expire.

  7. Heather Nichols says:

    Love, love, love this binder. I must go find one. I was just contemplating going to 2 binders, one for food and one for non-food. I like this so much better.

  8. jennifer zeug says:

    i have the same binder but mine is yellow and black and i love it ! the handle and shoulder strap is a life saver when you are have bags or little ones …lol . i do not use dividers i used printed out papers with each catagory and put them in sheet protectors and added post it tabs to label them with my label maker. i love this binder so much i also got mine on sale with 5 dollar off coupon at walmart after back to school sale so i got lucky with mine for 7.99 best investment ever! my son calls it the golden book .. since it is golden yellow and black and saves money…he labeled it with my label maker.

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