Coupon Organization: How to Clean Out Your Coupon Binder

Is Your Binder Feeling… UGH!!!???

Organization is KEY to couponing! If you aren’t organized, couponing can get frustrating and even come to a halt! Also, if you don’t clean out your binder – you’ll get to the point where you can’t close it (and then it’s a pain to carry around)!

READY TO GET ORGANIZED??

One of the things that I love about the clip-LESS coupon organization system is that it’s easy to pull out expired coupons. Remember that you can always donate expired coupons to the Overseas Coupon Program!

Here is a list & this is how you use it…

  1. This is a list of  all the  inserts that still have unexpired coupons.   If the insert isn’t listed, that means there are no valid coupons in it.
  2. The date in blue is the Sunday that the insert came out.
  3. Underneath each date are unexpired coupons (as well as their expiration date)
  4. Personally, if I know with out a doubt that I will NOT use that coupon, I’ll pull the entire insert to make room in my binder. OR…
  5. You may want to just clip out the few remaining coupons and pull the rest of the insert.
  6. If you have any inserts older than Oct 14, 2012, you don’t need them any more!

Make sure to click “like”

if you want me to keep this

updated each month!

Click here to view this spreadsheet in a new page.

{or print your own by clicking here, OR download the excel file}

As you scroll down, you’ll be able to see the newer inserts still have many coupons available.

Is this useful?  Do you want me to do this every month?

Please leave a comment if you are a clip-less coupon organizer and have an idea for making this easier to read!

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Comments

  1. Can you post a picture of the front of the ads or do you have them posted?

    • Sorry Sandy, we don’t have those. The easiest way to do this is to write on your insert covers w/ a sharpie when you get them. You can find the date on the insert in the binding of the insert. It’s small writing, but that’s the date they came out. That’s why we recommend writing on the front with a sharpie. Less time spent trying to find the date! :)

  2. yes I do like the reminder of what coupons need to be pulled out . The monthly update is very helpful.

  3. I print out the weekly list of the items in the insert, and put it at the beginning of my inserts. I greatly appreciate that the “expiration date” for the entire insert is printed on the top so I can just toss them when I hit that date.

  4. Thank you!

  5. What *I* do is copy/paste it to WordPad, and then clean it up. This one took 7 pages. I put them all at the beginning of my binder. (By the way, I used to do all that clipping, but now I go Clip-Less, so I switched everything to page protectos, so these go in the beginning. It just helps me look at a glance to whatever I need, instead of having to flip through to each insert cover. HTH

  6. Jessica says:

    Just wanted to say thank you!! Cleaning my binder out now and it’s a breeze with your tips and lists! Thank you, thank you!!

  7. This information was so helpful.i will print them weekly if they are posted.You have helped me greatly with your website…..Thank you for teaching us newbies…..

  8. Daly Diaz says:

    This recap is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this it keeps me motivated since I’m much more organized with the clip-less way.

  9. Hi! Will this list be updated, and if so, when? It is awesome! Thank you so much for creating it! I hope that you keep it updated! :)

    • Hi Holly… it’s on my to-do list! :) I’ll see if I can get it done today.

    • OK Holly, I got it done! Just refresh the page and it should be updated!

      • Hello Cathy!

        WOW! You are awesome! I was NOT expecting instant gratification, haha! I was just wondering, and hoping that you were planning to keep this super cool list going and updated. Anyway, thanks so much for updating it so quickly! I didn’t mean for, or expect you to update it right away, LOL! BUT, I’m so happy you did! I have some serious cleaning out and organizing of my insert/coupons to do, so the update will be a great help. Thank you! Thank you! :) :) :)

        I do hope that you plan to keep this list up as a regular part of your wonderful site?! You are, aren’t you??? It is such a help! It makes organizing the inserts/coupons and flushing out the expireds, SO MUCH EASIER! Finding your site today (yes, this was my first time here) with; the regional coupon lists, and this “Unexpired Coupons By Insert Date” List… really made my day! The rest of your blog looks great too, by the way. I’m looking forward to reading thru more of it this week. Thanks again!

  10. I absolutely love your site! I use it all the time. Keep up the good work. Thank you sooooooo much!
    God Bless

  11. This is VERY helpful!! I use the clipless method and this list will help ALOT so I know when to put the insert in the recycle bin!! Thanks bunches!

  12. Can I hit like 5000 times! Yes! Please keep this! You are awesome!!! I just started couponing and am amazed. Your site has been so helpful! What a blessing you are! Thank You!

  13. Yes! I’m just starting, too and I like the clipless method a lot

  14. I LOVE the clipless method – as a working mom I find it works better for me. I just wish the listing was more current than 7/2/13!

  15. Cathy, Thank you so much for making the clipless method such a breeze for me. Please keep both the individual list & master list going. I use the individual one each week to put in front of the coupon inserts and then the master list in the front of the binder. I find this so useful, since our local stores will accept coupons that are up to 1 month expired, I use the weekly inserts to pull those coupons & the master list to pull current coupons. I finally found a way to resolve the issue with the coupons that I had let expired & it is all Thanks To You. Please keep both ways going, I have learned so much from Fabulessly Frugal! Thank You.

  16. betty fitch says:

    Yes I like the binder clean out list. Is there a master coupon list for Oregon that has all the coupons one that I can search one list will in the store.

    Thanks for all your work.
    Betty

    • Hi Betty, unfortunately we don’t have the manpower/resources to create such a list. If you’re good in excel, you could download the weekly lists on the insert list page and combine them into one, then each week add the new list to it (and clean out the expired ones).

  17. Will you please update the clip less excel sheet? Do you know any other websites that post this. I love this idea!

  18. I keeo checking and checking to see if this list has been updated. Is it going to maybe be done sometime soon please please? I love this idea for those of us who have been doing this a while. It saves me a lot of time. Thank you for all that you do!

    Trish

  19. Love this! Thank you!!

  20. Love this! Please keep it up.

  21. I don’t get the coupon updates for the form CLIP LESS…

  22. I LOVE the clip-less organizing system. It literally changed my couponing entirely. Please, please do the master list with expiration dates every month!

  23. You are AWESOME!!!!! I love the Excel sheets.

  24. Well it’s January of the new year and this remains to be an awesome post and source for us. I greatly appreciate your efforts and hope you will continue to provide this. Thanks!!

  25. Still one of my favorite posts you do! Makes my life so much easier. Thank you!

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