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Works For Me Wednesday ~ Coupon Binder

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I would like to share with you how I made my coupon binder.  I know alot of you already have a coupon binder, but maybe you can grab an idea or two from mine to make yours better and easier to use.  I used items that I had on hand, improvised and made it work for me.

First, I started with a binder that has a zipper, Consumer Queen suggests that you use this type of binder, so that if you drop it, your coupons won’t go flying everywhere.

coupon-binder

Then I divided my coupons by category and typed out labels for the page dividers.

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The categories that I use are…

Breakfast-Dairy-Dishes-Drinks-Frozen-Hair-Laundry-Lotion-Paper-Pantry-Pet Food-Snacks-Store-Toiletries-Toothpaste

I used plastic baseball card dividers to put the coupons in. And this is how it turned out…

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Comments

  1. Jerri says:

    Great binder. I use page protectors just like those for my coupons.

  2. angela says:

    great idea love the zipper idea

  3. Your binder looks great! I am in the middle of changing my whole system LOL

  4. mom2fur says:

    I keep my circulars intact, with dates on them, in a binder (in plastic sleeves). After years of doing different couponing things, I found this system works best for me. But the idea of a zippered binder is brilliant! I’m definitely switching to this idea when my current binder wears out. I also like that zippered pocket. I keep a little pencil pouch with my scissors and pencil in my binder, but I could use that pouch for the same purpose. Great idea!

  5. What an easy way to organize– the zippered binder really makes sense.

    And for your son– my husband always advises potential animators to draw, draw, draw and when you’re tired of that– draw some more. Seemed to work for him. He’s wanted to do this since he was a little boy too. :)

  6. Mominin says:

    Great tip!! The zipper is a great idea. My current coupon binder is starting to fall apart, so I’ll have to use your ideas.

  7. Brenda says:

    I love this idea! I use a small accordian file (like 5″x3″)but I have a hard time looking for a coupon while in the store and dropping them as I dig in. I like how you have yours separated in more subjects than mine, more like the isles in the store. Hmmm, time to rethink my sysytem!

  8. Erin says:

    Great idea! I’ve been looking for a coupon holder, love the idea of creating one.

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy painting.

  9. Thanks for them mention! I think you are going to love your new binder. Some of the Cast It brand binders also have little puches and zipper pockets for to put a calculator, small pair of scissors, pen etc.

    You can also use the larger photo pages for your tear pad coupons. They fit great!

  10. Charlene says:

    I have a Case-it zipper binder, with an extra little zipper section on the outside–the best part though, is that it has a small handle on the binding back edge, and also a strap long enough to sling it on my shoulder like a purse. Just have to make sure it’s zipped first!

  11. Debbie says:

    Love this system. I purchased a Case It binder from Big Lots a few months ago and I have finally found a system that works for me. It has the long shoulder strap on the outside and it is so easy to carry. I also use the baseball card sheets for my store coupons, but in the back of that I have the large sheet protector pages that I put Bed Bath & Beyond coupons, restaurant coupons and larger items. I cannot find the pages for photo albums that will accomodate some of the larger coupons. Where have you found the 4 x 6 sizes on a 8 x 11 page? I purchased zippered pencil pouches also. One I put in the front of my coupons for any strays that I didn’t get around to filing at the last minute and another one at the back of the binder (inside) that I put expired coupons in that I might run across that I missed. Thanks:)

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