Extreme Couponing Tips: Coupon Binder Category Labels

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As you know I was laid off from my job only 4 days before Christmas. Not wanting to have to go back to work until I HAVE to I made the decision to do what ever I could to let me wait until September to return. Since my living expenses aren’t going down anytime soon I needed to find somewhere to make the most out of my money that I do have. One thing I began doing was couponing. Of course I’m no Extreme Couponer but I get what my family needs and have a reasonable stock pile that serves us well. I have more stock of non-edibles as it’s more of what I can store easily but if the deal is good enough I’ll deal with some clutter for a bit. I don’t have a Shaw’s, Publix, or any other grocery store that those kinda deals come from anyways.

The key to couponing for me has definitely been being organized. Since starting I’ve also helped both my best friend and step mother put together their own binders and taught them some tricks so that they too can reap the rewards. I get asked questions from people all the time and one of the most popular questions I hear is ‘What categories do I put in my coupon binder?’

Extreme Couponing Tips Coupon Binder Category Labels

So here is a complete list after almost 6 months of use. This list has been modified through the months and while I probably have more then others I never have a problem quickly finding my coupons. I don’t mind spending a bit more time in the beginning then fumbling in the stores trying to figure out where I stuck it or going through pages of coupons.

Coupon Binder Categories

Air Freshners/Candles
Baby
Baking
Beauty
Bread
Breakfast
Candy/Gum
Cleaning Supplies
Cold, Allergy, Medicine
Condiments, Salad Dressing
Dairy
Dishwashing
Drinks
Eye Care
Feminine Hygiene
First Aid
Food (Other)
Freezer – Dessert
Freezer – Food
Fruit & Vegetable
Granola Bars & Fruit Snacks
Hair Care
Laundry
Lotion
Meat
Misc.
Oral Care
Outdoors
Paper
Pasta
PB & J
Pets
Pillsbury
Prepared, Sides, Rice
Refrigerated
Reynolds, Zip Lock, Trash Bags
Salty, Snacks
Shaving, Deodorant
Soap, Bodywash
Soup
Toys
Vitamins
Yogurt

In the back I also have a tab for restaurants. This isn’t organized the same and are in a sleeve that has 2 4×6 slots.
When it comes to setting up your binder definitely purchase good tabs. The paper ones will rip after awhile but plastic ones are hard cardboard ones will last longer. I got a great deal in the Walmart clearance isle on these cute Carolina Pad tabs but every bottom tab is actually a folder and with several in there it takes up space I don’t really have. I bought the baseball card inserts
really cheap on Amazon. I compared them from Walmart, Target, Staples, etc and it was much cheaper this route for the number I needed.

If you’re curious on what the first 10 tabs are those are my store sections. They keep all the flyers, rainchecks, savings cards,  etc for each individual store I frequent. You can check out both my Pre Coupon Binder Organization Tip and my Store Tabs Section too if you’re just getting started or looking for ideas.

About Jennifer MomSpotted

Jennifer, the mom behind the Mom Spotted blog, is located in Western Ma. She has three boys, Johnny (13), Gavin (7), & Sawyer (2). She is married to her high school sweetheart. On Mom Spotted you'll find a fun selection of recipes, family fun, product reviews, and more! You can also find her on twitter @MomSpotted and Facebook.



Comments

  1. Heather M says:

    Now that’s organized. I’ve been couponing for almost 2 years now. I use a cheap accordion file and then I file all my inserts in a filing cabinet. I need to switch to the binder method and take it with me everywhere. I need to at least clip 1-2 inserts and then file the rest. I feel like I’m out of coupons when I’m at the store and need them most. Or if I find a hidden clearance deal, it would be nice to see my coupons all right there.I’m just scared to do it for some reason…

  2. Nicole Hatch says:

    Wow that is organized!! Amazing!! This would be so much easier then my current system! Binder this weekend! This will make a good guideline for me to follow! Thanks!

  3. Heather Speaks says:

    i should do this…my coupon organizer is the size of a bank checkbook.

  4. Wow that’s a great binder! I want to get one! I just started really couponing lately…since the show!! :-)

  5. Thanks for the tips, I am definitely wanting to get into couponing, with the final goal being an extreme couponer. (Which to me means both extreme couponing – obviously – but also being organized & basically awesome at it!) One of the biggest problems I’ve found so far is having a lack of stores where I live. I’ve never even heard of Publix or Shaw’s, but even with limited options it’s just so benefical! I’m excited to start :D

  6. That is some binder! I wish I could do couponing. And I sure would follow in your footsteps if I could. Although maybe not SO organized? You even gave Pillsbury their own section! Thanks for sharing your binder categories! They’re really helpful!

  7. I tried for a while. I’d cut my coupons, file them….and the go to the store and leave them at home!!!

    So I quit :)

  8. katklaw777 says:

    WOW…I had put this article of your in my coupons folder and had not gotten around to reading it yet.
    My coupons are a mess…my worse nightmare is matching a coupon with a sale item and finding it expired.
    I need to get them organized and I like your suggestion of lots of tabs.
    I have a dozen categories and am always searching and searching for the relevant coupon.
    I am on my way to get more tabs, thanks!!!

  9. Oh THANK YOU THANK YOU!! It was driving me insane that people would only do about 8-10 tabs! I thought to myself, “this is NOT going to work for me!” I have your categories printed out and am going to impliment them today! Thanks again!!!

  10. Erica G says:

    I am currently looking for a different way to organize my coupons. It looks like I may have found it! I am going to give this a shot,

  11. yey! finally a good alphabetical one! i’ve been looking for weeks and tadaaa. thanks you so much for sharing! I’m going to try and it and let you know how it goes :)

  12. Great binder! I have a spiral organizer from The Couponizer that i won at a conference. I have a larger binder now and thought about the 4×6 sections but didn’t think about baseball card sections.

  13. Thank you so much for this! I used your list and pared it down a little, combining things and taking out a few, as I only wanted 8 sections. I will get too overwhelmed otherwise! The alphabetical listing is awesome, that makes it so much easier, as I shop at more than one store, and was trying to figure out how I was going to set up my sections, because each store is laid out differently. Again, thanks!

    • I used to have less sections but I found my misc. section or others were becoming too thick. It was a pain to go through 15 pages of coupons that were able to be broken down to 2-3 pages. I’ve had it this way for about a year now :) Works great. I use my store sections a lot too as I shop at different places too. The link to how I set that up in the front is in this post.

  14. I just did that to my coupon binder last weekend and it took two days. The only is I got the paper tabs because I didnt have enoung money for the others but I will have to keep my eye out for a deal to up grade them.

  15. Sonia Whitener says:

    Hey i need help i must be doing it wrong i still pay too much….

  16. Chanise Q. says:

    Thank you sooooooo much!!! I am beginning to coupon and this article is extremely helpful! :)

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