How to Organize Coupons with DIY Coupon Sleeves
We’ve had many people ask us how to organize coupons (especially the printable ones), so we’re going to share our favorite method. This method is nothing fancy, but it works well, it’s easy to do, and it’s super frugal as well.
It basically involves just making your own DIY coupon sleeves out of page protectors. This works well because you can just pop them into your coupon binder and it’s easy to sort through. Follow the simple steps below to make your own!
DIY Coupon Sleeves
- Page protector
- Sharpie marker or labels
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Sewing machine
Step 1. Mark your page protector
Divide your page protector into 3 equal sections and mark the sections with a marker, or fold them to create a crease. These will be your guides for sewing.
Step 2. Sew over the lines
This may seem a bit weird at first but just stick with me. You’ll see why we’re doing this soon! Here’s what it should look like after you sew:
Step 4. Cut the page protector
Just under the lines that you just sewed, cut the page protector. You’re essentially just cutting out the 3 coupon sleaves here:
Step 5. Label the pockets
Now that you’ve made your coupon pockets, you can label them for each category of coupon you need. I just used a sharpie to label mine.
Two Ways to Organize Your Coupons
Method 1. The Baseball Card Method
This is a convenient way to file them in your binder. You can just use one coupon sleeve per category and file them in your binder like so:
Method 2. The ClipLESS Method
With this method, you’ll be using each page protector for a full sheet of coupons. You’ll then sort the pages by date.
This method works well because you just clip a coupon when you need it. That way you’re not clipping coupons that you never end up using. The downside of this method is you’ll have to clip the coupons while you’re at the grocery store.
Step 1. Make a cover sheet
Your cover sheet will go at the front of your coupon binder and list all of your coupons based on the date you inserted them into the binder. You can highlight coupons that you’re interested in.
Step 2. Organize the coupons by date
Organize your sheets of coupons for each week. This makes it easy to sort through, and once they expire it’s easy to just take the sheets out and replace them with new coupons.
To learn more about the clipLESS method, check out our full post.
If you are not feeling up to making your own coupon sleeves, Avery sells this same version. You can buy them on Amazon HERE:
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