Categories For A Coupon Binder

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Categories for a coupon binder can vary from person to person.  If you are heading toward the “Team Binder” way of organizing your coupons, you may be wondering what type of  categories would be best for you.  Here is a listing of the way I, Wizard Melissa, categorize coupons in my binder.  I try to get them categorized so that I can quickly and easily flip to the section of where they are when I am matching them up to a store flyer or store matchups on the Coupon Wizard’s Website.

I start out by having three plastic folders for the main stores that I shop at.  These folders house the store’s coupon policy’s, their current sales flyers, in ad coupons and this is where I place the stacks of coupons that I’ve matched up to the weekly sales, ready to be used, and in the order of the aisles in the store.  I also place any rebate information or Register Rewards that can be used in those areas.  I use trading card sleeve pages and tabbed dividers that I can label with the category.

These are the coupon categories that work best for me:

  • Canned/Jarred
  • Dry/Boxed
  • Sauces/Seasonings/Pantry
  • Baking
  • Frozen
  • Refrigerated
  • Fresh/Produce
  • Breakfast/Cereal
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Personal (Medicinal/Makeup )
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Hair
  • Body Wash/Lotion
  • Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue)
  • Household (batteries, bug sprays)
  • Cleaning (cleaning wipes)
  • Laundry
  • Home Fragrance
  • Pet
  • Miscellaneous

Of course you will want to personalize these categories for things that you purchase most at the store, add more or delete some.  It’s good to use general categories that are more broad instead of ones that are very specific (i.e “Toothpaste” instead of “Colgate” and “Crest”).
It will  be very easy as you are clipping your inserts as you will know exactly where they go and even easier to flip to the tab were the coordinating coupon is when you are planning your shopping trips or find a surprise deal at the store. Go Team Binder!

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  1. The first image in this post is my photo from a blog I had called soap box bees. You really shouldn’t use others photos without giving them credit. I was just shocked when I recently saw my photo on Pinterest and it went to your post about couponing where it was used with no credit. I took a class and was told to watermark photos to keep them from being stolen. I now do this on all photos and as of today I realize why that is important.

    • Sorry, I didn’t write it. It looks like whoever posted it did it 4 years ago? You’re right though. Watermarking photos prevents the copying. Personally, I only watermark important photos. I wouldn’t worry about something insignificant, like tabs in a binder, but I’m sure in the future you’ll watermark your work. When I have a chance, I’ll swap out the photo for something else for you.

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