Why I Got Rid Of My Coupon Binder

Coupon Binder Canadian

When I first started using coupons about two years ago, I had a plain white envelope that held the few coupons I had. After learning more about couponing and finding more coupons, I worked my way up to a little file folder and then to a big blue coupon binder with 14 categories and pages upon pages of coupons.

I used that binder for over a year, and eventually, I just couldn’t do it anymore.

Here’s why I got rid of my coupon binder:

It was too heavy

A big binder full of coupons is not a light load. I hated the thought of missing out on any deals so I would take my binder everywhere. And I mean everywhere. What if I was out and wanted to stop and pick something up and didn’t have my coupons with me?

Even if I was buying groceries, I didn’t want to run the risk of missing any unadvertised deals. Carrying around that big binder was just too heavy, and this is one of the reasons that contributed to my decision to let it go.

It was full of coupons I didn’t need

I had a ton of coupons in my binder that I knew I was not going to need. Diapers? Nope, no babies. Yogurt? Nope, lactose intolerant. Cat food? Nope, we have a dog. So why was I carrying them around all the time?

I didn’t want to throw those coupons out, but instead I want to trade coupons with others. So, I decided it would be easier to leave those at home.

It wasn’t organized

So many couponers love having a coupon binder with nice, clear pages to easily view all their coupons. I was like that too, but I didn’t feel like my coupons were very organized. I was constantly finding expired coupons, and even though I had everything organized by category, I could not always find what I was looking for.

I simply could not organize my coupon binder in a way that worked for me.

One day, I decided to simply retire my coupon binder. To replace it, I got my little gray folder out again, and started organizing my coupons by expiration date.

I realized that I didn’t need a massive coupon binder full of coupons to save money.

Coupons Organized in Folder

My little folder fit all the coupons I needed and I was much better organized.

Regardless of how you sort and store your coupons, being organized is most important when saving money.

Overall, I love not having a coupon binder. My purse is lighter, my coupons are better organized and I’m always ready for when a great deal comes along.

Do you use a coupon binder to organize your coupons?

Nicole Homeniuk is a contributing writer for MrsJanuary.com. She is a coupon enthusiast and deal seeker who loves saving money for her family. She and husband Sean are puppy parents to Cooper, who likes to help “organize” loose coupons.

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  1. Jen says:

    Hello!Great ideas!I use 2 small folders from the dollar store too.I organize mine by aisle sort of.Yogurt,frozen,fruit/granola bars,cereal,etc and my 2nd folder is walmart stuff like shaving,vitamins,toilet paper,meds,etc.Then every 2 or 3 weeks I go through every category and take out any coupons that are expiring within the next 3 weeksish and put those in the front of my folders.That way I know that anything not at the front will last a little longer and I should use the expired ones soon if I need the products.It only takes about 10 min every few weeks and I love it because I never run into expired coupons at the store unexpectantly.Plus if I need a particular coupon I can easily find it in it’s ‘category’. 🙂 I try to keep all of the coupons I’m using at the till right on top of my purse.I hide my folders in my purse to avoid the annoyed looks.I don’t understand why people look at couponors that way. I usually save 35-75% on my groceries.It is a no brainier.I find that just being extra happy and nice works the best.I don’t make eye contact with the customers behind me if the cashier is new or a little slow with the coupons LOL!I try to stand tall (I’m very short haha) and be confident.It doesn’t hurt to look nice too.I feel if I have a little make up on and not wearing sweat pants,people won’t think I’m ‘desperate for the money’ but rather ‘she looks great!Must be because she uses coupons!’ hahaha!I LOVE this blog and just want to say thank you sooo much for all of your ideas and advice!I am so proud of all of the money I have saved in the past year and I thank you again for the help! 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Love that idea, I am still in the enveloppe stage since I started couponing a couple of months ago. I was looking at buying a binder but instead I will check for a little folder.
    Thank you for the idea!

  3. Natalie says:

    I use small 4×6 size photo albums from the dollar store-one for food coupons and the other for the rest. The sleeves are clear so it’s easy to flip & search. Within each sleeve, I organize them by date.

    • nancy says:

      I use the dollar store photo albums too. i check my flyers, grab the coupons i need and put them in my purse i take couponing. i leave my other coupons in my car. i take a quick walk about the store, see if there’s instore specials that i may need coupons for. if so go back out to the car, get those coupons, and i’m good to go.

  4. Nikki says:

    I REALLY like the idea of the organizer! I have a big binder, but it’s so out of date and disorganized; the holidays really put me behind, and I haven’t gotten rid of the expired coupons. This way looks so much easier! I’m going to grab one from the dollar store tomorrow. 🙂

  5. jo says:

    Got rid of my binder too. I found it way too time consuming putting coupons in it and constantly flipping through as well. I currently use something similar to yours except file by category instead of expiry date. love your site.

  6. Lisa Anne says:

    I got rid of my binder shortly after reading this article. It was bulky to carry into the store and people would often look at me as if I were self important. I no longer have that little someone to ride in the cart (they grew). So I now put my coupon folder there with my flyers and I can easily see what I need too at a glance. Love the change and the cool new coupon folder is classy too!!!

  7. corrine says:

    i still have my binder as it is easier for me but i dont bring it to cash register with me i usually take the coupons out im using and then put it back in my bag

  8. Amy says:

    I keep the coupons I plan on using in my purse… And rather than organizing the coupons themselves (I don’t have a ton of them collected yet), I have an Excel spreadsheet with a alphabetical list of what item the coupons are for – and columns for brand, coupon amount, expiration date, and where the coupon came from (internet print etc) to help me find it in my pile. The system is working so far…

  9. nathalie says:

    I use 2 wallet size accordion folders. One is for all food related products and the other one is for all other non-edible items. I have organized each based on categories like cheeses, dairy, breads, cereals, fruits and veggies, meats and fish, hygene, dental, cleaning, laundry, paper products, meds, pet food, etc…I only keep up to date coupons I know I will use. I go through my entire stock at the end of each month and remove all expired coupons. This system works well for me and both folders are light to carry and stay in my bag at all times.

  10. Marianne says:

    I still use my binder, because I price match extensively, so my zippered binder holds my detailed shopping list and all my flyers for price matching, as well as my coupons. I now keep only about half as many coupons in my binder, though … just the ones I am definitely or probably going to use. All others go into a plastic tub at home to save for trading or giving away to others.

  11. Mo says:

    I have a ziplock bag and I only keep the coupons that I will likely use.

  12. jennie says:

    I am new to the couponing side of bargain finding. I have grown from an envelope to a binder and from a coupon spreadsheet to a portable app. Something that is working for me is using the out of milk app on my iphone. Its not perfect- but it seems to work in keeping me organized and saving a tonne of time each week in couponing.

    I organize my coupons on a “master shopping list” on the app. I list them by product name, amount and expiration date. I can quickly find the exact coupon in my database,where I have multiples and high value and find its matching envelope/sleeve. I can delete the coupon as soon as I use it and add coupons right while I am in the shopping aisle. The app is easy to copy and create tailored shopping lists for each store and with the bar code scanner I can scan items right into my stockpile inventory when I put them in my cart this way I never overstock any one item or loose things in my stockpile.

  13. Angela says:

    Like I care what people in line think or cashiers for that matter! I’m there to shop and save money, don’t like my binder too bad for you! My binder is highly organized and I know where every coupon is.

  14. Sarah says:

    What kind of etsy bag is everyone talking about

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