I’ve been attempting to save money with coupons for the last six months or so. It’s been a HUGE learning experience. I’ve actually saved lots of money at CVS, which is my favorite store to use coupons at. But I haven’t saved much on groceries. I think part of the reason is my organizational methods.
You may remember me writing about a couple different coupon binders I reviewed. The first binder I reviewed was from The Coupon Binder Store & it is the traditional coupon binder. I like how it came completely put together. I just had to start adding coupons and begin saving. The second one I reviewed as Mrs. A’s Coupon Organizer, which is similar to the traditional binder but with a very interesting twist in the way the pages hold coupons.
While I can see the benefits of using a binder, and I loved the products I was able to review, I can see downfalls in the binder method too. I find myself putting off organizing my coupons because of the time it takes. I hate having to fold and snip the coupons to make them fit into the baseball pages in my binder. To be honest, I have ended up just clipping my coupons, sticking them in a ziplock baggie and sorting through them before I shopped.
The other night I started thinking about this and thought I’d go searching for a better way of organizing them. I ended up stumbling upon a great blog post on The Homespun Heart called “Saving in Style” where she wrote about making and using a coupon box instead of a binder. What a fantastic idea!! I then continued to scour the internet for other articles and videos about using the coupon box method. Wow – what fun!
So what is a coupon box? Well, in many ways it is very similar to a coupon binder. You make categories and sort your coupons accordingly. The difference is instead of putting them into baseball card holders you simply file them behind the correct divider. No more folding and stuffing! Plus, another great feature in my opinion, you can add as many subcategories as you’d like. This is going to make filing and using my coupons so much quicker and easier!
I haven’t set up my own coupon box yet because I’m actually working on finding and reviewing some premade coupon boxes. I can’t wait for they to arrive! Be sure to keep you eyes out for the reviews…..an maybe even giveaways too! Of course, you could make your own coupon box relatively easily too.
So do any of you use a coupon box instead of a binder? What do you think of it? I’d love to hear your opinions!