What I love most about my binder is that you can zip it shut (can’t tell you how many times my kids have dropped it from the shopping cart). And it has a handle. So when I’m walking into the store carrying my one year old, my purse, my reusable shopping bags, and holding my 3 year olds hand I can at least put the coupon binder over my shoulder.
The binder is divided into sections (ie. frozen food, canned goods, cereal, meat, dairy, baby, etc.).
The first page in my binder has 3 pockets.
1. “This Week”- I put all the coupons I plan on using that week into this pocket.
2. “Checkout”- once I but an item in my cart I put that coupon in the “checkout” pocket. So that I have them all right there when I go to pay.
3. “Re-file”- If I have pulled a coupon and planned on using it but don’t end up buying that item (may be out of stock, decide I don’t need it etc). I put that coupon in the “re-file” pocket. When I get home I put the coupons back in their proper section (ie. frozen food) so they can be used another time.
I also carry a small calculator, extra pens, and a
spreadsheet scrap of paper that I use to record my couponing savings during each shop.
Now we need to go shopping! Check out Part 3: Using Your Coupons