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It’s no secret that I coupon as a way to keep our spending down. I admit, I used to be the kind of person that would go to the supermarket without a list, without a plan, and certainly without any knowledge of prices. I would waste hundreds of dollars and it was killing our budget.
It was about four years ago that I started looking for ways to stop the massive spending when I came across a bunch of money saving websites. I noticed that when they would talk about food shopping, they ALL had their own systems in place. I found my sweet spot in the Coupon Binder.
I tried a few other methods, like envelopes systems or those little coupon separators, but none of them helped me stay organized. I was pulling coupons left and right, and there was no set system in place. So, the binder was it! Yes, I admit, it can be a pain in the butt to take the store, but I prefer having it right in front of me. I don’t like randomly pulling coupons out at home since you never know what deal you’ll come across.
In the last few months, I had mentioned briefly on my Facebook page that there were a lot of changes being made in how we handle our household. We had to get crafty – and fast!
In fact, I had a few friends ask me about how I implemented my coupon system and I thought, I should write a post about my Coupon Binder. What supplies do I use? What dividers? Printables?
I want to help anyone that might want to start, and the best way is obviously to show you, step by step, what I have and use. So here goes…
I use a Case-it Zip Tab 3 inch Binder because of its folder system, large rings, and pouches to hold any supplies I keep. It’s large enough to hold many weeks of coupons and divide into numerous categories.
Baseball card sleeves are the easiest way to hold coupons. I can’t say this enough! They are essential to keeping them secure and organized.
Printable and Customizable cover and category pages. These can separate Dairy from Breakfast, or Frozen from Refrigerated items.
I specifically left them blank so that you can fill them at your convenience, and that you can also print multiple
copies when needed. I also find that making a Restaurant, Retail, and Gift Card section for the back
of my binder helps keep the non-grocery items organized.
**The pictures of the printouts above take you to the PDF when clicked on.**
Other items that I keep in the binder are:
Most importantly, Coupons
*I download and print them online, or I cut them out from local newspapers.*
Meal Plan Printable (which has my shopping list)
*This is a link to the PDF free download of my meal plan page.*
My goal here is to help ease the stress out of food shopping, especially if couponing is something you want to utilize in saving money and still feeding your family hearty meals. I’ve heard from a few of my friends that they find it overwhelming. Helping to ease that is a concern of mine, especially when I know it can help so many people.
Please, let me know if there are other systems YOU keep in place when food shopping for your family! I’m always interested in hearing others’ ideas and organizational plans. Do you find the binders to be the easiest option? Comment below!