Having a clear strategy is key in getting maximum savings with minimal effort!
This is my favorite method and I hope it will help you to organize your thoughts and coupons. 🙂 The binder method is composed of a 2” 3 ring’ binder with clear plastic binder pockets that act as mini-folders for each of your coupons. This is a great way to see and grab coupons as you need them! One option is to separate your coupons by category within store. I usually make the same trip through my local grocery store so I put them in that order. You can also have sections in the back for each store’s weekly coupons. This way if you don’t redeem all of your weekly coupons in time you can easily weed them out and add new ones. I also keep various coupons in the very back of my binder for storage even though I’ll never take my binder to those stores (Hallmark, Victoria’s Secret, Lowes, etc.) Clipping and organizing coupons this way is the easiest I’ve found!
I want to share with you the Coupon Clutch. It makes couponing easy and even fashionable! If the thought of lugging a big binder into Harris Teeter mortifies you, you are not alone. I hated the thought but luckily I bought a Coupon Clutch before I ever had to. With the Coupon Clutch your binder will travel in style and incognito. It looks like a purse until you open it up at your shopping cart.
The Coupon Clutch is handmade in the USA. It features a soft, padded outer cover and two interior pockets. These pockets are great for storing pens, calculators, and my favorite…for storing the coupons I’m using that shopping trip. Once I have the matching item in my cart I slip the coupon into the small pocket in the front until I reach the checkout.
The Coupon Clutch retails for $29.95. However there are different purchase options available, you can purchase just the Coupon Clutch, or the Coupon Clutch along with a variety of different size pages for organizing. I highly recommend buying the plastic binder sheets from here as well. They are much thicker than sheets I’ve purchased elsewhere and for nearly the same cost. If you are a talented and crafty person you could buy the pattern to make your own Coupon Clutch.
No matter which coupon organization method you use it’s important to do what works best for you. Once you find that system couponing will become even more enjoyable!
If you have any questions about the binder method or the Coupon Clutch just let me know through the comments or my contact button and I’ll try to respond as soon as I can. Feel free to share ways you’ve found to be helpful in organizing your coupons!
View other lessons in this Extreme Couponing series:
Lesson 2: 10 Coupon Myths Debunked
Lesson 3: Where to Find Coupons
Lesson 4: Get Organized
Lesson 5: Creating Your Price-List
Lesson 6: How to Maximize Coupon Savings