Coupon Organization with Martha Stewart Home Office

I’ve been a coupon shopper for about 8 years now.

I’ve tried several different methods to organize my coupons.

I started out with a checkbook organizer. It worked for a while, but there were not enough sections so it was difficult to find the coupon I needed.

 I moved to a box organizer. I loved having all of the dividers. I could find what I needed quickly and easily.

BUT…It was too big to comfortably carry with me.

THEN…I got lazy and moved to the “basket” method.

I threw the whole coupon insert into a basket and only cut out the coupons when I needed them.

{I use The Grocery Game, so I have a list that includes where to locate the coupons I need for the week.}

What a mess! The basket stayed in my car most of the time. I would cut the coupons that I needed before I went into the grocery store.

Not convenient….and I would sometimes skip the store, because I didn’t want to take the time to cut my coupons.

AND

If I needed something and there was a coupon for it, I wouldn’t have the coupon with me.

I needed a new method to this madness!!

I never tried the binder method, because I didn’t want to carry around a large binder.

Enter Martha Stewart…Yesterday, I told you about her new line at Staples.

Here’s what I picked up:

I love the size of these binders. I can fit it in my {rather large} purse.

I bought the binder, several 4 pocket sheet protectors, a pack of dividers, a zipper pouch, and some labels. They even have a great elastic band that holds your binder closed!

I had to go back and clip all of my coupons. This took FOREVER

and it was a mess!

Here’s what I ended up with:

I divided it into sections and then printed labels to go on each of the pockets.

I’m going to use the zipper pocket for larger coupons (like BBB) and restaurant coupons.

I love it!! If you are a super couponer, this may not work for you. If you get several inserts a week, the pockets may not be large enough.

There’s just two of us. I get one insert a week and sometimes print coupons.

 I usually only get two papers when the coupons are really good or I will order a few extra from a clipping service when I want to stock up on something.

This is perfect for me. Now I just have to stop being lazy on Sunday and cut my coupons…

What coupon organization method do you use? Have you tried several different ways to organize your coupons, too?

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I recently found your coupon binder on a link party and as soon as i seen what you did i knew this was what i've been needing & looking for!! Im not very computer savvy lol so im having trouble figuring out how or what to print the labels on. Could you fill me in on your method, Please!! Thank You & again loved your idea=)

    • Hi Tiffany!! The labels are part of the Martha Stewart line and she has free templates that you can use to print them. It was super easy!! I just entered the information into a Word document and printed them on my home printer. Let me know if you have more questions!!

  2. Thanks so much for linking this awesome organizer at friday fun party.. I am finger crossed for one too.. :D Thanks Jennifer..

  3. Wow, I was just googling coupon binder ideas and was wondering if Martha Stewart made any items for this and found your site! I also need a change to organize my coupons and wanted something smaller than a huge binder…I am definitely going to check this out, but would love to win this item :)

  4. I am going to be featuring this tomorrow on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button:>

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  5. Oh, if I don't win your giveaway I'm so saving to get this. I love it and we only get one or two inserts per week so this will work for us.

    • Hi Nina!! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read a couple of posts! I'm glad you like the coupon binder…thanks for entering the giveaway. I wish you luck in your job search!!

  6. Isn't it so fun to have new and organized stuff!!!

  7. Great idea!

  8. I bought mine but never use it because it really is not as organized as i would like it to be. only categories and i still need to thumb through to find what i need.

  9. This really looks great. I am using the small coupon divider and it is so full I can't fit anything else- but like you do not want to tote a huge binder around. I am certainly going to check this out. You should get commission from Martha for all the busy she will get!

  10. CaptainMommy says:

    I have been thinking about clipping coupone recently and have NO idea where to start. I only want to clip for stuff I buy instead of bending the stuff I buy to fit he coupons. Any suggestions? Love the binder!

    • Hi Rachel! I've been couponing for quite a few years now. When I first got started I clipped EVERYTHING…it was overwhelming. I have learned to clip only what we would use, but not brand specific. By this I mean that if there is a coupon for two different brands of ketchup, I will clip both. By being open to using other brands, it enables me to save the most money. I'm thankful that my husband is okay with multiple brands, too! I will have another post about couponing this Sunday. I hope you'll check it out!

  11. I have the small coupon holder. However, I really need to look into the Martha Stewart supplies.

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  12. Great idea :0)

  13. Very lovely to look at while saving money!

  14. What a great binder – I was just thinking that I wished there was a smaller binder for coupons and this looks exactly like what I was wising for.

  15. I SO need to do something like this! Right now I've gotten myself stuck in the "basket method" you mentioned. Kind of a mess. :-)

  16. It's nice to have something pretty for our coupons! (And, really, for anything we use all the time. I love having beautiful utilitarian objects!)

    I don't have as many coupons as you do, so a simple accordian coupon folder works for me.

    • I love pretty, functional things, too. My coupons were such a mess! It was so nice to grab in this morning and know that I don't have to clip coupons after work!

  17. Thank you for sharing, not only your coupon binder design, but also tips on where you get your coupons from. I'm new to the couponing world and found your post to be extremely helpful and inspiring! Can't wait to hit up the local Staples now and start my collection!

    • You're welcome!! I'm glad that it was helpful. I will be sharing more tips on how I save money couponing. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will become a follower!!

  18. I'm still working on my coupon organization. I bought one of those plastic envelopes and have yet to finish cutting and organizing. You've inspired me to get on it!

    Sharon

    mrshinesclass.wordpress.com

    • I understand. It takes forever to catch up if you get behind in cutting coupons! If you can be diligent in keeping them organized (and I'm not!!), it is much easier to maintain.

  19. I love it! I always want everything to be pretty too and it drives me crazy sometimes that my coupons just aren't. My system has evolved through the years as well–I now use a combination of the filing method for my inserts and a binder for my printables. My binder's not as pretty as yours though–great job! :-)

    • Isn't it funny that something so small can make us so happy when it's pretty!! The filing method didn't work for me, because I'm not diligent about clipping my coupons before I leave the house. I hope I will keep this binder up, because I love it!

  20. I use the binder method, but I do not want to carry around a bulky binder. The no cut until you need them method didn't work for me either, I would forget about them and yes, what a mess! I love these from Martha, will have to get some! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Lara! I don't think I even cut enough coupons to fit in a large binder. I know some ladies get 6 or more papers and their binders are full. I don't know how else you would organize them. If your big binder isn't full, I would check these out. I love the color of the one I got. They have brown and red, too.

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