Friday, March 16, 2012

Coupon Binder: Sorting and Organzing

Determining how to organize and sort your coupons is all about personal preference and may take a little trial and error to figure out what works for you. When I first started couponing, I only had one copy of the Sunday paper and clipped only the coupons that I knew I would use. Against the advice of pro couponers, I am very brand loyal. I can't help it, I find something I like, I stick with it. My first coupon organizer was not a binder, but a wallet that I purchased from Sophisticated Shoppers, Inc. I purchased their basic organizer, which came with laminated, pre-printed dividers, extra blank labels, a shopping pad and these awesome scissors that I ALWAYS use when clipping my coupons. This was perfect for me, as I didn't clip a ton of coupons at a time and it organized them all by category.

As I started getting multiple inserts, I quickly outgrew this and had to upgrade to a binder. However, I highly recommend purchasing this product if you are just starting out. I still use it on my shopping trips to hold my shopping list and the coupons for the items that I am purchasing. It fits perfectly in my purse and still organizes the coupons by category. This way I don't have to drag a bulky binder with me to the store or dig around the bottom of my purse looking for stray coupons. Plus they come in a huge variety of colors and patterns!

Now for my binder... I went to WalMart and purchased a sturdy 2" 3-ring binder. To hold the coupons themselves, baseball card sleeves were recommended by several "how to coupon" sites, but I couldn't find them anywhere. I did a quick Google search, and found several sites where you can purchase an entire organizer, binder included. Some were a little pricey but I came across Coupon Organizer Pro. Since I already had the binder, I didn't purchase the entire system. I ended up ordering the do-it-yourself package, which includes (20) 9-pocket pages, (5) 3-pocket pages, (5) 4-pocket pages and (1) set of dividers (total of 16 dividers). The sleeves allow for different sized pockets which are wonderful since not all coupons are the same size/shape.

 Do-It-Yourself Package

What I love about this site is that you can also order additional page inserts (which I have had to do). They are perfect for holding different sized coupons and you can purchase the size and quantity that you need. Once you have your binder all set up, it's time to start filling it. Happy Couponing!

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