Everyone always wants to save money especially when it comes to their groceries. While you can save money at the supermarket without coupons, they do help!
I used to be into couponing a few years ago and I was pretty good at it. I was saving as much as half off my grocery bill. But you can’t save that much without a little time and effort. I’ve decided to get back into the coupon game and the first thing I need to do is set up my coupon binder.
How to Set Up a Coupon Binder
Grab a Binder.
I’ve had this binder since college. After I graduated, it served as my wedding planner. And now, my coupon binder! The binder is divided in a few sections: store coupons, weekly ad inserts, and then categories.
Set up envelopes for store coupons.
In the front of the binder, I put all my store coupons. Each store has its own plastic envelope. I have an envelope for Target, CVS, Walgreens, Giant, Rite Aid, and Genuardis. These are all stores that I frequent often. I also have a Misc. store envelope for the random coupons.
Add your weekly inserts.
Next in line are my weekly inserts which I place in sheet protectors. When I get the ads every week, I do not sit down and cut coupons. Instead, I take out all unnecessary coupons for us (pets, some medications, etc.). I usually get at least 2 copies of the ads (my mom saves me hers). If there is a good coupon insert, I will buy more than one paper. I date the front ad with the week so I know which week it is from.
Why do I do this?
All the sites I frequent list the coupons by week. This makes it easier to find the coupons for all the match-ups each week.
Organize loose coupons.
After the weekly inserts, I have more sheet protectors for each category (healthy & beauty, frozen foods, home goods, pantry items and baby). This is where I keep all my mailer, internet, and magazine coupons. I will also go ahead and add coupons from the weekly inserts when there are only a few left in the inserts.
Sort through and organize each week.
Every Sunday, I get the Sunday paper (or two) and go through the binder. I get rid of any expired coupons I haven’t used and file away all the coupons for the week. This is also when I plan my pharmacy and grocery store trips.
It takes a few weeks to get into the groove but trust me, it is so worth it. And that is how I set up my coupon binder!
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