I love my readers. Really, I do! Thank you so much for all the positive feedback about my first attempt at vlogging.
Now, that I know my voice is not scary, I will definitely be posting more videos.
Several of you had questions about my binder. I love questions! Rather than email everyone individually, I figured I would further explain my binder with some Q&A.
Let me just preface this by saying that this method will not work for everyone. You are more than welcome to copy my technique if you feel it is a good fit! I encourage you to find the system that works in your life.
The appeal of the binder for me is the ability to quickly see and access all of my coupons. When I first started couponing last year, I had endless piles of coupons to flip through. I found that I spent more time hunting than actually putting them to good use.
Q: Do you take the entire binder into the store?
A: Yes, but not always. I used to be terribly embarrassed by it. Not anymore! Dave Ramsey encourages people to “be weird” in order to “live like no one else”.
I usually pull my coupons at home, since I plan my transactions ahead of time. That way I am never holding up lines while coupon hunting. I do take it into Wal-Mart, just in case.
A few times I have literally given a coupon from my binder to a perfect stranger if I noticed something they were purchasing.
I actually have a separate method just for CVS. I will feature that in my next video!
Q: How do you handle expiration dates?
A: Great question. Some couponers file by expiration date. I choose to ignore the dates. Why? Well, I strive to keep my system as simple as possible. That is also why I use very general categories, and I do not file alphabetically. The less time spent filing, the better.
Coupons usually expire on the last day of the month. So, once a month, usually within the first few days, I sit down and pull all of the expired coupons. This takes just a few minutes of my time.
Q: Where can I get the rules for The Grocery Game?
A: The Grocery Game is actually a website with weekly lists of sales and coupon matches. I actually explained it in detail here. Visit The Grocery Game and input your zip code to see if it is available in your area.
Q: Can you give me a list of items needed to start a binder?
A: Absolutely! Of course, start with a binder. Any binder will do, it does not have to have fancy pockets and a zipper. I started with a regular white 3-ring. You may even have these items at home.
Other items I recommend:
- Page dividers with tabs
- A zippered pouch for scissors, etc.
- A small calculator
- Plastic page protectors
- A label maker, or a sharpie will do
- Lots and lots of coupons!
*Important note I learned the hard way: put your name, address, and phone number inside your coupon binder! Never, ever, forget all your hard work in the cart like I did.
I hope that this helps you somewhere along the way of your frugal journey. As always, keep those questions coming!