Today I started playing with my newest creation - my coupon binder! I've tried other methods (the typical coupon wallet, an index file box, a regular envelope), but none of them seemed to work. I heard about others using a three-ringed binder and trading card collector pages, so I thought I'd try it out. I searched the internet for ideas on how to organize my binder, found tabs from notebooks I had in college (still wanting to keep the information in the binders, but not needing the tab dividers in them anymore). It was a wonderful success! I even got compliments from other shoppers in the store who got a quick glance at my notebook.
The coupon binder wasn't the only unusual thing about today's shopping trip. We also had the three youngest (6, 9, and 12) with us. Normally hubby and I go shopping childless or he goes alone. However, since the two teens (aka build in babysitters) were busy and hubby really wanted me to come with the try out the coupon binder, we decided to venture to the store with three children in tow. I will say that if I had used my previous coupon organizational system, I would have given up and left half way through. The binder helps me stay calm and not get frazzled. Instead of trying to flip through tons of coupons in a little wallet like thing, I was able to open up a large page and see what I wanted. Yogurt? Oh here's the pocket with the yogurt coupons. Let's see if the coupon makes this brand cheaper or if another brand is a better choice. There were a few coupons we held onto knowing that the item would probably go on sale soon and the coupon wasn't going to expire for a while.
I'm still in the baby stages with this, only saving a little over $15 with my coupons. However, some items were cheaper with another brand that may or may not have been on sale, so I did save a lot that way. Like the 12 one-pound packages of ground turkey that I got for a dollar each (freeze by date is tomorrow). That savings doesn't show up on the receipt, but shows up in my wallet.
If anyone has any couponing tips or websites they would like to share, please comment below. Thanks!