I have received MANY inquires about the now famous coupon binder that was seen in the Rachael Ray segment.
I used to house my coupons in an accordian folder. I had it divided into several categories like food, household products, toilletry items, organic products, child items, as well as separate folders of specific store coupons. I got tired of leafing through the mound of coupons in each category looking for the ones I wanted, so I switched to the coupon binder system.
In the front of the binder I keep all of the “must use” coupons. For all my favorite products!
The rest of the binder is filled with “baseball card inserts.” I put coupons of similar category on each sheet. I have organized it into sections with dividers. I have similar categories/sections as my old accordian binder. If you wanna get “super Type A,” you could arrange the sections in order of where you would find the products in the store. I generally pull out my coupons before I go to the store. But I do carry it with me in case I need to quickly flip through to find a coupon for an unadvertised sale item.
A few questions I get asked all the time.
Is clipping coupons worth it? Well, you saw in the segment that I saved $73! So yes, it’s worth it!
I never see coupons for the products I buy? Yum, who doesn’t buy toothpaste. Or deodorant! Or mustard!!! True, you might have to be a little more flexible and not too brand picky! Let’s take that mustard coupon for example. I clip it because I might use it. I will hold onto it until the mustard goes on sale for $1. My store will double coupons, so I will end up paying $.40 for a bottle of mustard that originally cost $2.19. Yes, please!
Back to the binder…
Where did you find the baseball card inserts?
Walmart. In the front section by the baseball cards. Can also be found at baseball card shops.
How long did it take me to put this together?
However long the commercial breaks are during 24! So…15-20 minutes.
How do you then keep it organized and cleaned up?
Each week I add new coupons to the pages. Each month when all the new coupons and electronic coupons come out (stay tuned for a post on May 1 with all the details!), I go through and pull out expired coupons.
Are there any disadvantages to this system?
Yes. Sometimes the coupons don’t fit well into the baseball card holders. I try to fold them so I can see the exp. date, product name and coupon amount. Solution to this: Look for some scrapbooking inserts that have different size photo slots.
If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments and I will answer them there! (More on the newspaper insert concept, plus coupons and where to find them coming later in the week!)
Because there is not just one way to organize coupons, I thought I’d put a Mr. Linky. I know there are other ways, tips and tricks for organizing coupons. If you have a post on your blog with that deals with “Coupon Organization” and what works best for you, please leave it here! (For those of you reading in a reader or email, click here to look for more great ideas on how to best organize your coupons!)