Building a Coupon Binder
A coupon binder is a great way to keep your coupons organized and portable. In our experience, a well-organized binder will help you save the most money when it’s time to hit the grocery store.
Binder Categories You can divide your coupon binder into a few categories or into numerous categories. We’ve divided everything up into 16 categories. As you use your binder more, feel free to expand on this as needed.
Baby Includes baby formula, diapers, wipes, and other products commonly found in the baby aisle.
Baking Includes flour, sugar, cake mixes, icing, and other items commonly found in the baking aisle.
Breakfast Includes cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, and other shelf-stable breakfast foods.
Cleaning Supplies Includes air fresheners, dishwashing supplies, laundry supplies, kitchen cleaners, and floor cleaners.
Condiments Includes mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, and more.
Food/Drink (Other) Includes canned foods, boxed goods, beverages, and other items that you don’t file anywhere else.
Frozen Includes all items found in the freezer section of the grocery store.
Meat Includes fresh meat, deli meat, and canned meats.
Miscellaneous Includes batteries, toys, outdoor products, and more.
Paper Goods & Food Storage Includes paper products, foil, plastic wrap, and plastic baggies.
Pets Includes all pet-related items.
Pharmacy Includes medication, vitamins, eye care, first aid, etc.
Produce Includes all fresh fruits and vegetables.
Refrigerated Includes dairy, refrigerated bread, juice, and more.
Snacks Includes chips, popcorn, fruit snacks, candy, and gum.
Binder Sub-Categories Some people build sub-categories to even further organize the copuon binder. It doesn’t take a lot of work, but it can make it easier to find coupons in these larger categories:
Building a sub-category in your coupon binder could be as easy as a sheet of notebook paper with “Laundry Supplies” written on it. Then, you’ll file all of your laundry supplies in that area of the Cleaning Supplies section.