Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Binder...

It's time for "Works for me Wednesday" over at Rocks in My Dryer. I have found this to be quite helpful of the past several weeks. You will be amazed at how well thought out these ladies have things. It's always nice to get advice from other (far more organized) people!
Here is what "works for me" this week...my Coupon Binder. If you ever see me out shopping, you will see this red binder in my cart. I don't leave home without it...we would HATE to miss a bargain now wouldn't we??!!
It is just a basic zippered binder...to ensure that nothing falls out. Lot's of times, I'll put the coupons I know that I will be using on a particular trip in this outside mesh pocket for super easy access.

I've got the coupons in baseball card inserts. There are subdivided and color coded by type. I swear I'm not OCD. This is truly one of the only organized things in my life. I'm trying to get everything as organized at this, but hey, one step at a time!!

The inside cover has these nifty dividerish (how's that for a word??) sections. I use them to put the weekly adds, my wallet (that super cute zebra item you see...from Apple Annie's, of course!), and larger items like formula checks.

Here's a good shot of how I use the pages...

I was trying to get a good shot of the divider tabs. The pink ones are for personal items (make-up, lotion, facial, Soap/deo, shaving, hair, dental, feminine), the orange ones are meds (pain, misc., cold/allergy, stomach, vitamins), the green ones are food (produce, frozen, refrig, meat/dairy, beverage, baking, snacks, cereal, canned/boxed, condiments), the yellow are household (house cleaning, home fragrance, dishes, laundry, paper products), and the blue on is baby items.

I also have a CVS Section in the back. This is how I keep up with my ECBs. I have more than this, but I haven't filed my last receipt or 2. Behind this I also have a Kroger section for coupons that are specific to Kroger.
This system makes it SUPER easy for me to find any coupon that I am looking for very very quickly. It only takes about 25 minutes of clipping and filing each week, so I think it is totally worth it. You may need to use a different system, but this one works for me!!

10 comments:

Tate Family said...

I just recently started the CVS "game." I think I'm hooked!

Danielle said...

Ahh, you and I are so very much alike! Hee!

ttelroc said...

About the only coupons I tend to ever use are the Bed Bath and Beyond ones - but only a few times a year. Since I shop for just my husband and I, I tend not to use coupons - but I will say -- YOU have a FANTASTIC System!! Bravo!

Have a Great Day!
Kristin

Kim said...

Fantastic system!

C Swirl said...

You are my hero... I have got to be more organized. I have hope, thanks to you.

Julie Stiles Mills said...

I call myself "freakishly organized" so please consider it a an honor to be be called a "fellow freak" when it comes to coupon organization.

excellent! I'm taking some ideas from you, cause you are "all that."

Jeff, Abbey, and Reed Land said...

I really like this filing system! Even Abbey doesn't understand that whole glucose monitor thing, but alas, I am the thrifty one in the house and how can you say "no" to a full rebate, plus $14.99 in ECBs! I still don't understand the Kroger thing!

Victor and Bethany Maxson said...

Very nice!!! Would you ind sharing where you got all the supplies?

Bethany

extraordinarymommy said...

Oh my goodness! I am SO jealous of your organization. I don't know that I could dream that up if I wanted to!

Nice work!

Thank you for visiting my blog...I really appreciate the feedback!

Danielle

Mommin' It Up! said...

oh my gosh that is so funny! that is what i posted my wfmw about today!! i swear i was not copying off of you! great minds think alike!