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.