Saturday, March 5, 2011

How I organize my coupons!!! (with pics)

I've been asked over and over and over again about how I organize my coupons.  I know that alot of couponers love the binder method.  I tried that method and just couldn't get it to work for me.  I've found however, a great system that really seems to work for me.  

The picture above is all of my coupon holders.  Extreme, yes I guess, but the black bag, which if you were wondering is a "Thirty-one large utility tote" and that bag is what I pack around with me in the stores.  The big black box is where I store all my 'bulk' coupons that I clip and then the other tote is where I keep whole inserts.  I always have all 3 of them which me (typically) when I head out the door, but I only pack the black bag in with me to the store.  If I should need other coupons, I can just park my buggy at the service desk, tell them I'll be right back and go out to my truck to get the coupons I need.

Below is a close-up of my big black box.  I purchased this off of ebay from this seller best-bargainz.  AWESOME box!!  These are actually handmade and come in a variety of colors.  I store all my 'bulk' clipped coupons in here for "just in case" situations.  There was a guide already on the inside flap of the box but it seemed a little over-the-top so I devised my own way of storing my coupons based from an old paper accordian holder I had bought at the dollar store some 10+ yrs ago.

And just in case you were wondering here's a closer view of my coupon (thirty-one) large utility tote bag!!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bag!!!!  Not too big, not too small.  And I've had this bag for about 9 mos or so and it still looks new, no fraying, tears, etc.  VERY durable!!  

I have an accordian style holder that a girlfriend of mine gave me (bought at Kmart).  I use it to put all the coupons I pull for specific stores like Target, Kroger's, DG, WM, Wags, etc to make shopping with 3 kids that much smoother.   And then I have manilla folders where I put my lists of printable coupons for cellfire, shortcuts, pgesaver and Krogers in there.  I have another manilla folder for printables that I haven't had a chance to cut out yet and then a third folder for "just in case I need it".  LOL  

Behind the folders I keep all my ads, bigger store specific coupons, monthly ads, etc.  In the pockets I have hand sanitizer, hand lotion, ink pens, notepads, 2 prs of scissors, pencil bag to put my coupons that I'm using during a shopping trip, calculator, little toys for my kids to play with, small snacks like granola bars, etc for them as well, and my ring of keyring store cards.


  1. OMG Jealous! I remember when I had that many coupons, I'm slowly but surely getting back to that lol

  2. LOL Thx!! I try my best to be ultra-organized because it gets kinda hairy shopping with 3 kids! ;)

  3. How did you get so many coupons?!
    I live in an apartment building and on a good day I can get 10-12 of the midweek SmartSource circulars, and on Saturdays I can get about the same amount of P&G or Red Plum.
    But so many of them I just never use the product.
    Did you begin to experiment with new products, which increased your coupon numbers?
    I'm so jealous!!

  4. jdro218 - We dumpster dive, best way we've found of getting more inserts. We also coupon trade as well and then there's always ebay.

  5. I love this idea, the binder method does not work for me either. Got to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks Karen! Glad we could help out!

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