Week #12 challenge – Create a Coupon Binder.

April 17, 2011
“Pick another checkout lane, honey!”  
Those are the words of the Krazy Coupon Lady, a recent guest on the new TLC series Extreme Couponing.  I started watching the show the very first night it premiered, and I was instantly hooked.  I was so amazed at how organized these women & men were with their grocery shopping, as well as the stunning savings they were getting from “clipping coupons”.  I wanted that. I want to be those women who stretch their dollars and bring home free groceries or even groceries for pennies on the dollar.  That is smart homekeeping to me.  So I knew I wanted to create a coupon binder & begin my journey at extreme couponing.  (Well, as extreme as I can be, which may not be so extreme at all.) I have always used coupons, but havn’t really saved too much on my grocery bill. So Im super excited to begin this new hobby.  If you would like to stretch your dollar and save more on groceries, you can join me this week with my couponing challenge.


Here is Joanie, The Krazy Coupon Lady, digging in the recycling dumpster to find the coupon inserts. I’m not so sure Im going to go that far… or maybe I will. 😉  To see the Krazy Coupon Lady on The Today show, {chick here}.  Joanie even has a coupon database on her website {here}.  You can go down the list and print out coupons straight from her website.





  Create your own coupon binder & start clipping coupons, the organized way.  A FABULOUS website where you can learn how to coupon in 10 days is thekrazycouponlady.com. This is where I printed out my coupon binder sections. They can be cute (especially if you get a binder from Target), super organized & easy to put together.



I purchased my binder at Target, along with 2 sets of 30 baseball card sheet sets, a pack of full size sheet protectors, and patterned section tabs.  Then I printed out the Krazy Coupon ladies coupon sections.




Baseball card inserts.



You will need a large binder to hold all of the coupons.








My notebook goes on the left side of my binder, where I will make my lists.




I used my labeler to label the main tabs.






Coupon binders are so cool! 



For even more education on couponing, you can purchase Joanies book, “Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey”.  *Im not receiving any monetary gain from advertising this website & book. I simply love what it teaches and Im sharing it with my readers.



Happy couponing!


39 comments on “Week #12 challenge – Create a Coupon Binder.

  1. Jill Ann says:

    If you ever post from a dumpster, we’ll turn you over to A&E for Intervention.

  2. Keeley says:

    I’d love to start couponing but it just seems so overwhelming and confusing. Maybe one of these days after I get my house organized and my home binder and recipe binders done I can start working on couponing.

  3. Krystina says:

    Just an FYI, you can also go to target.com and print off store coupons which are not manufacture coupons and use both for one item. That is how you can “make” money on some products.

  4. Susan Cortes says:

    i just noticed that Kraft will dump coupons onto my club card at certain stores! how cool is that??? too bad, its not the store i usually shop at 🙁

  5. CindeeQ says:

    I started seriously using coupons a few months ago. It takes a little time to be organized and figure out what you have but once you get the hang of it, it’s awesome! When I use my coupons I only buy something that I would normally buy then I try and save at least $30 a month, which is the data plan on my iPhone. It helps to have a goal. I use the binder and baseball card holders, too. So far, so good.

  6. Toni says:

    Jill Ann, You gave me a good laugh first thing in the morning. Thank you. LOLOLOL… I lOVE that target allows you to stack coupons. That is cool.


  7. Nadine says:

    I don’t have a blog, so I won’t be posting any pictures, but I do have a coupon binder. In fact, I have the exact same Target binder that you have. It is so pretty! I am not an extreme couponer by any means, but I do love when I can get a great deal on a product that we need or use. It is like a mini high!

  8. I have used the binder method for years. I’m actually going to be reviewing a sewing pattern for a coupon holder this week in case your readers want to see. This is the pattern I’ll be reviewing: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/47906431

    Love your photos of the binder! So pretty..


  9. I think we are on the same path of life but you are quite a few steps in front of me. I saw her on the Nate Berkus show. I had started getting the coupons and trying to do this. I need to make the binder to help keep it organized because I am struggling with the time it takes. I want to be one of those people that saves a bunch of money too. Of course any savings is good, right?

    This will make you smile. At Walmart on Friday, I had to get Dove soap. Laying right there on top of the 6 pack bars was a cut coupon for $1 off! I figured it was expired but since I didn’t have my reading glasses, I couldn’t see it!! I took it anyway and had the cashier check it and all was good! I think the coupon fairy left it there for me!

    Have a great Sunday and thanks for these links!

  10. Mariliz says:

    I used to do this years ago when my boys were young, I never purchased Anything, unless I had a coupon for it. It’s a lot of work, but you really can save a lot of money. Good luck!

  11. Margot says:

    Love your coupon binder! Are those pattered tab dividers or did you use file folders and punch holes in them? Very cute! Also, are the page protectors larger or wider than the tabs? Thanks!

  12. Pearlann says:

    I took a coupon class yesterday and one of her main suggestions was to get a binder that zipped shut. so that the coupons cant fall out when it “accidentally” gets dropped by children or flies off your front seat when the light suddenly changed from green to red! This may take a little more creativity to make it cute!

  13. Toni says:

    Pearlann.. I just couldnt bring myself to purchase a zipper binder. They were not as cute. 😉 I will take my chances with the traditional binder. Hopefully no coupon spills. That wouldnt be fun.

    Margot, The tabs unfortunately are not wider than the page protectors. But its still super easy to find the sectioned tabs.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. Lately I’ve been thinking how I’m drowning in coupons, and I need to redo my binder, but I honestly don’t think my 2″ binder is large enough. I may have to purchase a 3″. Eek!

  15. Janine says:

    I just linked up with you and I can’t believe that you are on the same wavelength as I am today! I just finished clipping my weekly coupons and decided to get a coupon binder because I need to save some money right quick!

  16. Rosario says:

    I have become a regular reader of your posts, and I love your challenges. You are great motivator for many of us. Thanks for the coupon idea. Will post as soon as I have my binder in order.

  17. Sonya says:

    I think that sometimes you are reading my mind when you do these posts! I just started getting into this and I bought something that I hope will work for me. If not, I just ordered some new binders and I’ll put it to work instead!

  18. Laura says:

    Thanks for posting this! I have been trying to be better about utilizing my coupons to the fullest potential. I haven’t started a blog yet so I can’t link up but I LOVE that you do these challenges. They help me so much to get motivated!! I hope you continue!

  19. Wendy Boothe says:

    I just “found” you and started doing these challenges. I did the window washing one last week. Please don’t stop posting them I think they are great. I don’t have a blog and I am sure that there are other people out there that are doing these challenges but may not be able to “link up” due to not having a blog. Please continue. Your blog is the best. I am off to work on my coupon binder. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Toni says:

    Thank you wendy. That makes me feel better. Its really weird. A lot of my blogger friends are getting into couponing. I bet its the extreme coupon show on tlc thats bringing everyone back to coupons. 🙂

  21. YAY COUPONS!! I LOVE to coupon! It honestly isn’t hard at all. And you save so much money. I’m not as extreme as those on the show, but I have saved THOUSANDS since I first started last October.

    I do need to revamp my coupon storage system, and have been thinking of switching to a binder system… sooo I just may do this this week.

    Also… there isa a MIR(mail in rebate) on the Operation games as well!! Coupon for FREE Tombstone pizza for each game purchased, up to five! 🙂

  22. Tip for ya! Put the dividers IN a sheet protector! Put a little slit where the tab would be in the side of the sheet protector and VOILA! The dividers can stick out outside of the other pages again 🙂

  23. Also(I know, I know… 3 comments from me LOL) that I love your blog because I know you read ALL the comments and actually respond to them if there are questions/comments posted.

    THANK YOU for taking the time to read them all and replying!

  24. Oh I love your coupon binder! So cute and fun and I’d love to try to incorporate some of these cute ideas to my coupon binder. I joined the challenge but I already linked this to one of your pass linky parties. I hope you don’t mind. But this challenge goes perfectly with my binder. I’d love to hear later how this system works for ya too. Thanks for hosting and Happy Couponing!

  25. Crystal says:

    FYI there is also a mail in rebate for tomestone pizza if you buy ANY hasbor game. so that deal is even better. I like hip2save.com better she has a ton of videos that show step by step how to get into couponing.

  26. Emily says:

    I was just thinking last night as I was clipping coupons I needed a new system. I am currently using a diaper wipe box with card board dividers. I put a large rubber band around it to keep the coupons from falling out. I have used this system since the first of the year. Now I have many coupons and need a bigger box. I was thinking of using a photo storage box next. Now I’m wondering if I should go the binder /baseball card pages route. Or even use protective pages instead of baseball card pages.

    I love your challenges and would love to see you keep them up. Especially ones like this one. Since running across your blog a month or so ago. I have started a DR binder for finances and doing really well at keeping it up. Thanks for all your time and effort.

  27. jeana says:

    My husband and I were talking about this last week. I told him I’d start today (with yesterday’s coupons) I was so thrilled to see you doing this today!! I get overwhelmed easily, so I I’m a little nervous, but am glad it’s one step at a time. Thanks!

  28. CAS says:

    I, too, have watched the “Extreme Shows” & am totally fascinated by how much these people save on groceries. I’ve always used coupons as they come along & always check the ones in the Sunday paper. I don’t know if we get really lousy coupon inserts in our local paper (small town) or what, but there is hardly anything of any value. We are going to be making a move to a larger city, so I’ll see what their paper might have. Sorry I haven’t commented for awhile, but we are trying to sell our house & move. I do check out your sight often, just usually don’t have time to comment. I truly appreciate all your wonderful organizing & cleaning ideas.

  29. Whitney says:

    Oh how I hope you continue your challenges! I try my best to keep up, but I don’t have a blog to link up.
    You make couponing fashionable with your adorable binder. I’m so jealous….I think I may need to make a trip to Target soon!
    Thank you for all of your inspiration. I’m so glad I found your blog!

  30. Unfortunately, couponing doesn’t work to well for me. We’re trying to eat more “from scratch” and organic foods and less processed food. It’s hard to find coupons for basic pantry staples. I love your challenges but I don’t think I can participate in this one. I have my fingers crossed that this won’t be the last one 🙂

    Denise (asprinkleofthis.blogspot.com)

  31. Toni says:

    Thank you all for your responses to the challenge. I cant believe how much free stuff I have gotten this week from couponing. I am LOVING it. Its so fun. 🙂


  32. Holly says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I plan on linking up as soon as I can get my printer to print!

  33. Michelle says:

    hey Toni!
    I’m so green & new to couponing… I don’t get it. Walmart says $5 for Toy story 3 operation, and the coupon is for “operation.” does that count? Any operation or does it have to be the original. Sorry I don’t get it!

  34. crewmom says:

    Love the photos of your binder. Yours is so much better than the average trapper keeper/left over from kiddo school binder.

  35. Lindsay says:

    I love the binder! I have been really looking at couponing lately and need to get at it! New follower!

  36. I wish my binder looked that cute!

  37. Hello,

    You have a wonderful blog. Love the Decorative Coupon Binder. I must say it is One of a kind.

    I run a Coupon Deal Website where you will find a tonne of grocery deals from all major grocery stores that you will not find anywhere else. Are you interested in doing a link xchange or banner xchange for mutual benefit?

    Abby Mansing
    http://www.grocerycouponmama.comGrocery Coupon Mama

  38. mine1st says:

    I have a zip up double binder-I also printed from krazycouponlady site–I love her sight and recommend it to all the new coupon people on my coupon page on facebook.

    DJ Smeltzer

  39. Heather says:

    Beautiful job! I am thinking about starting a coupon binder. I hope mine will be as pretty as yours!

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