After struggling with my little accordion binder for several months, I decided to look for a better way to organize my coupons. I found one system online that I liked, but the $60 dollar price tag put me off. So, off I went to Office Depot to see if I could recreate the expensive system for less money.
Here are my results:
For $28 I purchased a binder with magnetic clasp, 3 x 5 photo plastic pages, trading card plastic pages, business card plastic pages, package of 8 organizer label pages and a paper pad. I chose three different types of plastic pages because coupons come in so many sizes. With time I may decide that one size works better, but most people use the trading card pages.
I used the organizer label pages (with plastic tabs) to divide the organizer into 8 sections: grains, vegies, fruit, dairy, snacks, drinks, healthcare and sundries. Some people divide their coupons alphabetically and since I used pencil on my labels I can always change them if I need to.
A pad in the back pocket will be great for lists or to keep track of what is in my cart. An automatic pencil finishes off the back section (I had a pack at home).
In the front is a business card sized pocket which I will use for my name and phone number. I don't want to lose my organizer and not give the finder a way to return it to me.
Now I get to put my coupons in my new organizer and give it a test run.