Save money, live with less, create your own coupon binder. Frugal living tips from Just About Greener Living.
It’s time you organized your coupons so you can find them when you need them and you won’t have to worry about reaching for a coupon that has expired. You have options!
There are a few places online you can buy a coupon binder, labels, instructions, etc such as MomSaves.com, which is where my coupon binder system came from (as a gift too). However, you can create your own or use different methods.
Here are a few suggested ideas and places that are also economical (and you might be able to use a coupon too!)
Zippered Binder – Order an entire binder system that includes your choice of binder color (I chose hot pink/fuchsia), pre-printed labels, custom coupon inserts (several of each style to fit all sizes of coupons, & I can’t find these anywhere else), templates for coupon dividers, welcome kit & instructions, 10 file dividers and a coupon to purchase additional coupon inserts.
You can also buy your own zippered (or nonzippered) binder, they are on sale now at several locations as well as other school supplies; tabbed file dividers (ensure these fit inside your binder first) – you’ll need at least 20 of these so buy them in packages of 8 or 10 & labels are included too; baseball card inserts for 3 ring binders, school size scissors (for cutting coupons), permanent marker/marker, pen and zippered 3 ring pencil holder.
Reclosable index card holder/recipe box – Not as convenient as a coupon binder, but if you need something small & efficient this will do! Use larger index cards to separate & label the various types of coupons you have, organize coupons in alphabetical or store aisle order, and file coupons within their category according to expiration date. Be sure to purge coupons every Sunday/Monday before you insert new ones.
Do clip & save every week with coupons? I used to do it every week when I was younger and had diapers, formula and baby items to buy; however, as my income increased somehow I stopped doing it so much.
Recently I started again – as part of a new “hobby” it seems like. My friend told me about TLC’s Extreme Couponing show and I watched clips of it online. Some of those couples and families have a lot of time & know how to shop & save money. One family of 4 tallied up more than $5oo worth of groceries…2-3 grocery carts full, and through using coupons both from the grocery store and manufacturer’s coupons along with the discount card through the grocery chain…their final bill? 6 bucks! Yeah, really!
Ok, so I wanted to know how much I could save from our local grocery chains versus shopping at Aldi Foods every month – with coupons of course.
This is not for the super busy family, couponing takes time…it took me 4 or 5 hours to collect coupon inserts (multiple newspapers), sort & clip, research which stores had the best buys for the coupons I had and items I needed. Couponing works best when you can buy in multiples and triples of items since the goal is to stock up on items. This is where my “eco ethics” kicks in.
I’m not keen on buying plastic bottles of any kind if I can help it especially if they have a 5 on the bottom (not recyclable in my area). So when it came about that I had 2 $1.50 coupon off 5 SoBe bottles…I only bought 5 and not 10. Surprisingly, these bottles were recyclable (2 on the bottom), but not so with the yogurt cups and other items that I could really save money on.
Challenged to save money and maintain my eco-ethics always makes me think twice before I put something in my cart, and it should make you think twice too!
Buying cans or glass containers over plastic is a choice for me because I know they easily recyclable as well as reusable and I feel better about not contributing to the production and consumption of plastic. Do remember the ecological consequences of buying small items in bulk even with coupons!