THE ANATOMY OF A COUPON BINDER
In a previous post, I gave my readers the chance to download my Penny Pinching Diva Coupon Binder Dividers. The response and downloads from that post was overwhelming so I have decided to show you exactly how my coupon binder looks, and the supplies that you would need to make your own. Not every coupon binder will look the same, or be organized the same, but I believe in K.I.S.S. (Keeping It Super Simple). This binder has the bare necessities but it still allows me to organize my coupons with efficiency.
Step 01. Purchase a zippered binder.
There are many different styles of binders for sale, but I chose to use a zippered binder as my coupon binder of choice. It keeps little hands out of my coupon stash and I don’t have to worry about dropping it and having my coupons, fliers and supplies fly out everywhere.
I also like the inside of a zippered binder because it has the compartments and space that I need as well. On the left hand side I have a pocket that I keep all of my store circular ads inside. I carry them with me everywhere I go, because you never know when you might have to price comparison.
Step 02. Coupon binder supplies.
I have a few necessary supplies in my coupon binder. The first thing that I purchased was a zippered pencil case. (Some binders have this inside of them already.) Inside the pencil case I keep a pair of scissors, a calculator, a highlighter and a pen. These are all of the supplies I need when I cut out my coupons, make my grocery list, and then when I’m in the store grocery shopping.
Step 03. The divider tabs.
I have a total of twenty-one categories in my coupon binder. I purchase two packages of eight divider tabs and then one package of five divider tabs. Even though I provided you with my outline of how I divide my binder, you may want to add, or take away, dividers as you use them.
I make sure that I have each of my tabs labeled clearly with all of my categories. The good thing about these tabs, besides the awesome colors, is the fact that they are erasable. So if at anytime my needs for categories changes, I can erase the ones that I no longer use and reuse them without having to buy another set. TIP: Make sure you invest and get the plastic dividers and not the paper. They last a lot longer.
Step 04. The baseball card pockets.
I use the nine pocket baseball pages to store my coupons in. They’re very convienant to use because they are see through and I can flip easily through my binder to find the coupons that I need while I’m grocery shopping. If a coupon is too big to fit in the pocket, I fold it in half and slide it on in.
And this is my coupon binder!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will answer them as soon as possible.