No matter what level of couponer you are, don’t use the accordion file to organize your coupons! It will just get you frustrated because it is so hard to find any coupons that you need.
I used the binder method for about a year and a half, I would definitively recommend it if you only buy a few papers and don’t mind spending some time organizing. A lot of people go crazy with making categories, but you don’t want too many because then it will take forever to file your coupons and if you misplace one, good luck finding it! I would put a max at 15 dividers. Here are some categories that I would pick from:
- Canned Goods
- Hair Care
- Health & Beauty
- Oral Care
- Snack Food
Here are some pictures of my binder, I used the 2 sided Case-it. The left side is for food and the right side is for non-food.
I have actually found a better way than the binder though… A coupon box! It is a plastic box, and there is a big divider and then behind it smaller sub pockets. This way you can have a main category such as health & beauty, and then break it down into hair care, oral, razors, etc. Here is a document with the categories and sub-categories that I use for my box.
Go here to watch a YouTube video of how I made my box!