How to Make a Coupon Binder
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How to Make a Coupon Binder

Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Coupon Binders are simple to put together. They are a great way to keep your coupons organized and easy to access.Have you ever seen someone at the grocery store who has a coupon binder in her cart? Maybe you’ve seen people use a coupon binder on one of those extreme couponing types of shows. Now that the kids are back in school, it is time to get your coupons organized!

Every coupon binder requires certain types of school supplies. September is an excellent month to put together a coupon binder because there are lots of back to school sales on school supplies going on. Do it now, and you can put one together for the lowest price of the year.

How to Make a Coupon Binder

You will need:
* A 3-ring binder
* Plastic sheets that are designed to hold baseball cards
* At least one package of section dividers

Step One: Obtain a 3-ring binder
You can get one on sale right now. Or, you can use a 3-ring binder that is already in your home (and that your child used at school last year). If you are getting a brand new one, you might want to start with a 1-inch binder. You can always get a wider one later on if you find the 1-inch binder to be insufficient.

Why do you need a binder? It is going to hold everything you need for couponing together.

Step Two: Get plenty of baseball card holders
You should be able to find these at your local baseball card/ sports collectables shop. Sometimes, craft and hobby stores will carry some. Can you find the boxes of baseball (and other sports) cards at Walmart or Target? Look around, and you may find the plastic sheets that are designed to hold baseball cards.

Why do you need these? Each pocket will hold a coupon. You can stick multiple copies of the same coupon into the same “pocket”. Flip through your coupon binder, and you will see exactly what types of coupons you have. This makes them so much easier to locate and use!

Step Three: Section dividers are helpful
Section dividers are used to split a 3-ring binder into different sections. Couponers can label each divider as they see fit. Some suggestions include: Baby, Breakfast, Frozen Foods, Dairy, Meat, Snacks, Pasta/Rice, Condiments/Sauces. You can customize the dividers to include whatever you use coupons on.

Step Four: Make use of the binder!
Your coupon binder won’t do you any good if you neglect it. Take the time to weed out expired coupons. Add new coupons as soon as you clip them or print them out (before you lose track of them). Always remember to bring the coupon binder with you to the grocery store!

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