Coupon Organization: File/Binder Hybrid Method
A few weeks ago, I posted about coupon organizing. I mentioned different ways to organize your coupons and asked how you organized. Well reader Kelly W. shared with me her way of organizing and I just had to see it.
From Kelly W.
I have tried at least three different methods and found this one to work best for me.
I purchased (using points of course) from Staples two 5″ binders and a couple of boxes of 8.5×11 sheet protectors. Each Sunday night I separate all the coupons and match up pages from multiple copies then file the whole page without clipping into the sheet protectors. The binders are kept by insert date.
Then when I see a match up on a site I just flip easily to that date and through the insert to find all my copies in one place. The sheet protectors allow for fast easy flip through.
I started out by filing by date but found it a pain to look through the insert for each coupon as the pages slide all over – (the answer to that – sheet protectors)
Then since I didn’t like that method I began clipping all the coupons and using the baseball card holders and sorting by category – WAY!!! to time consuming and boring!
Went back to filing by date in binders with the sheet protectors and works perfect for me! I use little sticky tags to label each week so that I can easily find the date and the right insert.
If there is a coupon I know for sure I will use (high dollar or kids love it) I will clip them and keep them in a separate smaller binder which uses the baseball card holders and also put the home mailers and rebates in that one. That way I am sure to remember to use them.
I use two large books because I am lazy about purging and only do it once a month or when I run out of space for new coupons. I just keep rotating through the books so while the end of the book may have March the beginning might be June and I just keep working through them, otherwise you have to move all the sheet protector pages each time you purge which for me is just a waste of time. Also if you have six copies of a page they are all in the same sheet protector and ready to clip at anytime.
I searched high and low for filing methods and never have seen anyone do it this way but for me it is just so much easier than all the others I have tried.
If you have questions for Kelly, leave them in the comments. I am impressed, I must say!
If you are wondering how Kelly finds a coupon, she uses the coupon database!