My favorite coupon organizational method is the coupon binder. I have wavered back and forth between all of the couponing methods but this one has afforded me the convenience that I need whether I’m going grocery shopping by myself or with my children in tow.
There are many different ways to organize your coupon binder.
Some systems are simple and some are very detailed oriented. Three of the most common ways to organize the coupons in your binder are:
- Alphabetically: A common way to organize the coupons in your binder is in alphabetical order by product type. If you are going to sort your coupons using this method, the easiest way to do this is to label your tabs from A-Z.
- By Product Type: The most common way to organize your coupons is by product type. For example, you would group all of the health and beauty product coupons together or you would group all of the frozen food coupons together. If you choose to use this method the way you decide to group your coupons will vary from the next person.
- By Grocery Store Aisles: Another great way to organize your coupon binder is by grocery store aisles. A lot of couponers who use this organizational method hails it’s graces because it allows them to walk up and down their local grocery store aisles and peruse each individual section for great coupon scenarios.
Each filing system has its pros and cons.
You would have to decide which one would benefit your money saving, and time management, method the best. The one that you choose will depend on how you conduct your grocery shopping.
The organizational method that I use is number two, “By Product Type” method. I divide my coupon binder up into 21 different sections. I have a section divider that list what types of coupons go into each section.
My main categories are:
- Canned Goods
- Cleaning Supplies
- Fresh Foods
- Frozen Foods
- Health & Beauty: Feminine Hygiene
- Health & Beauty: Oral Care/Make-Up
- Health & Beauty: Personal Care
- Health & Beauty: Soap & Hair Care
- Medicine/First Aid
- Misc. Groceries
- Paper Products
I find it easier to organize my coupons this way, because as I’m cutting them I automatically know where each coupon needs to go.
I have created a nifty download that allows you to organize your coupons “By Product Type” as well. It includes 22 pages: 1 table of contents page and 22 category pages. Download it as you please and stay tuned throughout the week as I help you with posts, pictures and videos on creating your own coupon binder system at home.