How To Create A Coupon Binder

Create A Coupon Binder!

Coupon Binder

When you start using coupons, you need a place to organize them. Some people chose to envelopes or plastic accordion files, which are fine and dandy if you don’t have many coupons.

But, if you often have a large supply of coupons, it’s easy for your smaller organization system to get clogged.

The solution to this is a coupon binder. They do take time to set up and organize but it is certainly time well spent.

Here are some tips on how to create a coupon binder:

Supplies Needed

Here are the supplies you will likely need for your coupon binder. You may not need all of them, but get the basics for sure (those marked with a *).

  • Large 3 Ring Binder (Zippered is best)*
  • Trading Card Sheets (9+ pockets on each sheet)*
  • Page Protectors
  • Calculator
  • Pen, Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Zippered Bag (With holes in it, so you can put it into your binder)
  • Page Dividers*

Determine Categories

Now you need to decide on the categories you will have in your coupon binder.

Some examples of categories:

  • Food
  • Pets
  • Baby/Kids
  • Beauty
  • Health
  • Household

If you want to be even more organized, you might want to be more specific and do something like this:

  • Pets: Food
  • Pets: Supplies
  • Baby: Diapers & Wipes
  • Baby: Food
  • Baby: Supplies
  • Beauty: Makeup
  • Beauty: Hair Care
  • Beauty: Shaving

Once you have figured out your categories, write them down on your divider tabs and put them in your binder. Then add 2 or 3 of the trading card sheets to each category (you can add more later if you need to).

Finally, add your coupons into the proper categories.

Other Ideas

Consider adding some page protectors to the back of your binder to hold the following:

Put your calculator, pen and scissors into the zippered bag and put that at the back (or front) of your binder as well.

That’s really all there is to it. After using your coupon binder for awhile, you may wish to organize it differently than you originally set it up. That’s okay. Do what works best for you!

Remember to go through your coupons at least once per month and get rid of the ones that are expired. The longer you put that task off, the more disorganized your binder will become.

Do you use a coupon binder? How is it organized?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    The dollar store (dollarama) has the baseball card sheets too!

  2. Terrie says:

    Anyone looking for baseball card protectors for their binders I found them at Walmart in the toy section. They are where the baseball pokemon and other types of cards are. I believe I paid approx $7 for 35 sheet and 9 pocket on each side of each sheet. I like them better than the buisiness card holder inserts which have much smaller pockets. However I find them very slippery and the coupons shift around any tips on that or is this the main reason for the zip up binder.

  3. Karen says:

    The binder sounds like a great idea. I have been using 4 small accordion files sorted into different categories and keep them in a large zippered bag. I use ziploc bags to put the coupons into as i am shopping so that I don’t drop them as I gather items that I am purchasing.

  4. teachermum says:

    I started out with a zip-lock baggie. That was too awkward to sift through so I used an extra 4×6 photo album we had hanging around and divided coupons somewhat into categories. That wasn’t long before it simply wouldn’t close so I took 2 x 1″ binders that we had here; one for groceries and the other for non-groceries. I found baseball cards at Stapes, Walmart carries them (in scrapbooking section) but was out at the time and I have since found some at Dollarama I’m still using those two binders today, I carry them in a cloth reusable bag that is just the right size to hold both and the weekly flyers. While I try and pull coupons I know I will use before a shopping trip, this makes it very easy to pull a coupon if I stumble across a good deal somewhere. I did have a thicker zipper binder with everything in one but it just didn’t work for me. The tabs stuck out too far and it wouldn’t easily zip. I also found it rather awkward-the two small ones are much easier for me.

  5. Jen says:

    i use a binder and a box to use my coupons in the best place to get hockey or baseball cards is dollarama you can get nine sheets at a time for a dollar. the biggest thing with dollarama is you can’t use coupons anymore.

  6. MaricrisMas says:

    Crappazola! I bought a package of different sheets when we in the US in April for you and keep forgetting to drop it off. Wanted it to be a surprise…but if I post it here…then hopefully I don’t forget…I think it was like $7 at wm near the cashiers where trading cards were. The sheets were marketed as “coupon sheets”…including the ones that hold bills for bill collectors!

  7. Cassie Howard says:

    MaricrisMas: Aww, you’re the best!

  8. Kris says:

    I finally converted my accordian files to a binder. I had 5 different files: Canadian coupons, American coupons (we live near the border), baby coupons, retailer specific coupons and coupons for trading, all sorted by expiry date. But it got to the point where it was a hassle to be standing in the aisles at the store riffling through my coupons because I just knew I had one for a certain item but couldn’t remember which month it was for. So just this week I established my binder. I have big categories (food, household, health and beauty) and then subcategories in each, still sorted by date. I can’t wait to see if it works!!

  9. Linda says:

    I have been using envelopes and putting a months worth of coupons in each one. I am thinking now of trying the binder with the card collector inserts, thanks!

  10. Lorna says:

    Im using an accordian file at the moment, I see that people divide into groups, and dates and paper and so on, I set my accordian in alphabetical order, so if I see Irish Spring I go to my (I) and look through them, or C if colgate is on sale…..for me this is the easiest….. sad day today, I went through my coupons that expire tomorrow and I feel Im throwing out money now, I am looking at setting up a binder now, and if anyone knows if alphabetical is possible ??????

    • debra says:

      Any tips for couponing for someone who is disabled and cant use scissors.

      • Melissa says:

        Debra. I found a item called slice in amazon but I’m sure you could find it somewhere else also.

  11. Shirley Camic says:

    I have an accordion file I keep in the front of my binder. I have a section in it for each store. I make a list for each store every week, and collect the coupons from the binder and put them in the file pocket. There is also a pocket in the file where I keep coupons expiring that month. I look through them first and use what I can. (Others, I leave in the store for other people to use.)

  12. Nicole Burley says:

    Great Article!!

    Question: There were a number of items that were starred, but I couldn’t find further reference: i.e.:

    -Large 3 Ring Binder (Zippered is best)*
    -Trading Card Sheets (9+ pockets on each sheet)*
    -Page Dividers*

    Page Dividers were discussed in the article, however I couldn’t discern any reference to the Trading Card Sheets, for example

    Thanks, Nicole

    • Erica Ashley says:

      Nicole, there is a * beside the basic items needed.

      Trading card sheets can be found at the dollar store. they hold trading cards but can also be used to hold coupons.

      Hope that helps.

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