February 1, 2012

coupon organization: coupon binder categories

i received a great question from Cathy regarding my coupon binder...

"what categories are in your coupon binder?".

her question came at a great time because this week i dedicated 30 minutes to adding new categories in my binder. the reason i wanted to add more was not only because i found i was missing categories, but also because my "beauty" section and "household" section really needed to be broken down into smaller chunks.

for example, my household section was about 15 coupon pages....

when i would look for a coupon, i would flip through page after page. after a while i noticed a trend in what items could be broken apart. now my household items are broken down into additional categories like candles/air fresheners, household cleaners, home office supplies, and the like.

i did the same thing with the beauty section...

what i needed for this quick project was my coupon binder, label maker, and 3 packs of target brand index dividers...

these are only $.97 for a package of 5 at target...

and i had some new coupons to clip anyway. it was just a good time in general to re-organize a update a bit..



Cathy, here is my complete list of divided sections....

diapers
wipes
beverage
condiment
canned foods
pasta/rice
cereal
dairy
frozen
baking
desserts
candy
crackers
chips
gum
snacks
paper products
pets
haircare
feminine hygiene
dental
lotions
body soap
laundry
household cleansers
home office
batteries
candles/air fresheners
dish soaps
ziploc/trash bags/saran/foil
swiffer
fist-aid/medicine
vitamins
make-up
skin care
misc beauty
deodorant
shaving
misc/toys

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post, I am going to re-organize my binder using your categories they make more sense than the ones I currently have.

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    1. great! so glad this one helped you too! i know, the categories are tough...and really, i think the easiest way is to add new categories as you see fit. i had been using the same categories for a long time but once i noticed i have too many home product coupons, it was time to narrow down that category even further.

      let me know how it works out for you!

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