After a little over a year and a half of being a binder-using couponer I decided to make the switch over to the coupon box. I have been an advocate of the binder method ever since moving to Fort Hood, but I finally decided the time it required was just not worth it for me anymore. (Anybody else feel a little overwhelmed trying to keep up with their binder)? Because I am just testing this to see how it works I did not get too fancy with my “dividers” or labels, but I am already loving it for the following reasons:
1. The entire cost to get started was less than 1 package of baseball card inserts–All you need is a latch storage box ($1.97 at Walmart–make sure to choose one with a lid….you wouldn’t want to dump out all your fabulous money saving coupons), a set of blank 3×5 index cards (.48 at Walmart), and 1 box of self adhesive envelopes ($2.47 at Walmart…You may be able to get these cheaper, but I recommend using envelopes with a straight edge). Total cost=$4.92!!
2. To clip and categorize my coupons this week took me about 20 minutes total! (With the binder, it would have taken at least an hour!)
3. It is much easier to break down categories because for the $4.92 you could have up to 100 different categories!
4. I did a test run shopping with a coupon box at the Commissary today and I had absolutely no trouble finding what I needed. It was actually easier because I could just pull out the envelope, quickly browse the coupons and just slide it back in place! It is also nice because it fits inside the bottom of a reusable shopping bag and inside the front of your cart! (Unlike a binder, the box will be easy to use if you are unable to use the front of the basket for whatever reason).
Interested in trying out the box method? Just purchase the products above (you may have them already lying around your home) and follow these steps:
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