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DIY Coupon Binder

For the record, I'm not a coupon guru. I have followed some coupon gurus and implemented just about every system, but they didn't work for me. I ended up buying more, all for the sake of a good deal. And I realized that spending an extra twenty, thirty, fifty dollars on stuff I wouldn't be buying anyways was not really saving us money. It was too easy for me to legitimize splurging! Which doesn't work, because buying very little that we don't really need- then thrifting and saving for the rest- is how we survive on one budget. So here's how I organize only the coupons I know we'll use. I created this system for myself over two years ago, and it's worked really well ever since.

DIY Coupon Binder
I didn't say it was fancy! For this system you'll need a three-ring binder, plastic sheet protectors, and lined three hole paper. A Sunday newspaper and a large cup of tea won't hurt either (wink). You'll want to devote a plastic protector and three hole paper for each coupon category you choose. 

My coupon categories (in order) are:
*Eat Out Coupons
*Canned Goods
*Dry Goods
*Meat & Dairy
*Freezer
*Health & Beauty
*Misc. 

DIY Coupon Binder
Then, under that category, you'll list your coupons as you add them. I list the product, the amount the coupon is for, and when it expires. Then I put the whole coupon sheet in the plastic protector. I don't clip them until I'm ready to use them- which also saves me time because they don't always get used. If a coupon sheet has two coupons (one on the front, another on the back) that fit into two categories, I just list both coupons in one category.  

Then, when I'm ready to compile my grocery list for the week, I compare my binder to the weekly grocery ads and try to combine deals. I also try to plan meals around my coupons & the weekly grocery ad as much as I can. When I've grabbed the coupon sheets I need for that week, I then cut all my coupons out at once and put them into my coupon envelope. 

DIY Coupon Binder
This handy envelope is always in my purse so I know where to find it. There is nothing worse than clipping coupons- then leaving them on the counter! Like I said, it's not fancy but it's worked well to save us money. Hopefully it can work for you too, or give you some ideas for fine-tuning your own (smile).

For more ideas, continue to stay tuned this week! I'll be sharing a review of "Organizing You" by Shannon Upton, which I've enjoyed so much. Here's a quote from her book:

Organizing You Quote

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DIY Coupon Binder



Cassidy Sevier

Cassidy is a former art classroom teacher from the city, now unexpected homeschooler to three active kids in the woods. She loves nature, good books, large pots of tea, and creative projects with her family. You can read about their learning adventures and more at Freshly Planted.com

2 comments:

  1. I love your coupon binder! It makes great sense!

    I really have to do this with my coupons. They're unruly.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. Jennifer, it's helped save me so much time- and mess! I'm happy it's helpful to you too. x

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