After six months of using a coupon binder I switched to a coupon box. This was a big step for me because I had already spent money on the binder supplies and I'm not great with change. But, something had to give because I was DREADING filing each coupon into the little baseball card holders. After three weeks of letting coupons build into a massive messy pile (and very little savings because I couldn't find anything!) I knew I needed a different system. Enter- the amazing, wonderful, time saving COUPON BOX!!
1. Plastic box with handle and lid. I got the above Sterilite container from Target for under $10.
2. Divider Tabs. I got the plastic Oxford divider tabs because they are more durable, but you could use index cards.
3. Envelopes to hold coupons.
4. Zipper pouch with calculator, scissors, stapler, and pen.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE:
1. Create Divider Tabs. Click here for a complete list of Divider Tabs and their Subcategories. Write each underlined word from the list onto either a plastic divider tab or a large index card. For example: Drugstore, Health & Beauty, Produce, etc. These categories are in the order of grocery store isles.
2. Create Subcategories. Write each subcategory on one envelope. For example: the subcategories of Pasta, Sauce, Rice, and Boxed Meals would be on four separate envelopes. I wrote each name on an index card and stapled it to the envelope in a staggered fashion so the names would be raised for easy viewing (see above picture). Place these envelopes behind the Pasta & Rice divider tab. Obviously continue this until all divider tabs and subcategory envelopes are complete.
3. Cut and File Coupons. Click here for easy how-to instructions. This is the main time saver with the box!!! Once coupons are cut and sorted you just drop them into each subcategory envelope. Quick and easy!