Where to buy photo sleeves for coupon binder
I was wondering if anyone knew where to buy the 4x6 photo sleeves to make a coupon binder? Any local stores??????
I keep all my inserts in hanging files separated by dates in a file cabinet. This works very well for me. I can pull a file, find the coupon, cut it out and hang everything back in place. I tried using an expandable folder and pulling out individual inserts, but I would drop the insert on the floor or the whole thing would be a mess after I cut out a couple of coupons. By keeping the inserts in hanging folders, it also makes it easy to throw out expired coupon inserts.
I also have a baseball binder to organize peelies and other printables. I gave up bringing it to the store with me after I lost a couple of binders by accidently leaving them in the cart. I got the plastic inserts at Meijer in the toy department of all places.
As far as clearanced items or deals you come across at the store, I love Jill's idea of bringing the receipt back with the coupons for a refund. I'll have to remember to ring those items up separtately!
I also have an EllaMaine bag and love it! Currncy pages work the bestand make everything easy to see.I index everything and find it easily when in the store and it is also very cute bag to carry!
I personally dont like the baseball card size they are to small the 4x6 photo size are a little better but still alot of coupons stick out or dont fit. It's hard to fine but currency pages are the best they fit the printed coupons perfectly I buy mine from ellamaine.com since thats where I got my binder bag. I actually use the binder system and the clipless in one I actually put my whole inserts in sheet protectors and organize them but smart source, redplum and so on. then in the back I organize the coupons I have already clipped since I tend to clip ones that I know we will use so I have them ready when I go shopping.
They have the baseball card sleeves at Kmart for $4.99. Each package holds 270 baseball cards or coupons as we use them for..
I love the binder to store all my internet coupons I clip or ones that i find in packages ect.......The clipless system is awesome as well, but nice to have the binder for the individual ones.......As long as we all save money.....Way to go!!!!!!!
Lovin' this topic!
I think we all have different styles of organization and people have to experiment until they find what works best for them. I certainly know this has been true for me:
+ I started with a small accordian binder that would fit in my purse.
- I could not find the coupon I needed when I would be at the checkout.
+ I bought a large purse like binder- LOVE being able to go through the store and pull the coupons out as I find the product.
- Spend way too much time clipping and sorting. I used the baseball card sleeves that I was able to pick up at TARGET.
+ I tried the clipless system that Jill outlined and LOVED the extra time I saved by not having to go through all of those fliers.
- Felt like I was missing deals by not having a certain coupon at hand if I accidentally came across a great deal and maybe had not planned ahead enough to get the coupon before I went to the store.
I like the idea in this topic forum suggesting using the binder for the coupons that I know I will use as well as the blinkies and peelies but keep the rest in the clipless system I have set up and see how that works.
after the 'no expireds' ruling- i figured i'd purge all the old inserts & start anew. i went to michaels & bought myself a paper cutter (with 40% coupon, it came out to $8). binder was on clearance at target last year, and i also bought scrapbook cardstock that was on clearance to separate. mine are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer name, and i have a category for dogs, and another for store coupons. the paper cutter saves time as far as clipping goes, as you can cut 7 pages at a time. i liked the clipless system as well, but would go nuts searching for needed coupons when i needed to get out and only had an hour to get them cut & get to the store & back. this way, i clip & file on saturday nights when hubby is home, and when i see a deal- i just go to the binder & pull out needed ones at that time. its new for me right now- but so far so good.
I tried the clipless system, and it works great. Except when you go to the store, see some toilet bowl cleaner on clearance for 50 cents down from $2.50, and you know you have at least 10 coupons $1/2 for it in your clipless system at home, 20 minutes plus gas one way, and when you get back, all of the product has been purchased so it was a complete and utter waste not only of the filing system but the whole trip.
So now I use both the clipless and the binder system and it works much better for me because I know I have the coupons at hand when I am in the store for products I use.
The coupons for products that I KNOW I will use regularly and purchase in high volume if there is a great clearance or price like toilet bowl cleaner, specific type of "preferred" deodorant, brand specific paper towels etc. get clipped and put in the binder. I also put blinkies, product specific cat coupons, and other loose coupons into the binder.
The rest of the coupons for items I may or may not purchase go into the clipless system until I need them.
While this works best for me, I know it is a personal preference and eventually you will find something that suits your needs.
... I think though, for me, those are the deals I'm willing to let slide in favor of the greater, "spending as little time on this as possible" goal for me, personally. :) I tend to look at the bigger picture of what I WOULD be spending as a non-couponer - if I miss something here or there, it's no biggie.
And, if I hit a surprise clearance at Jewel, I'd just buy the stuff anyway, then take the coupons back on a future trip (you do have 30 days to do that at Jewel.)
If you subscribe to one of the premium grocery matchup sites (Savings Angel, Grocery Game) they typically include clearance items in their weekly spreadsheets too -- Grocery Game has actual "listmakers" out in the store looking for those things to include in their weekly spreadsheets, so if it is a chain-wide clearance, it's rare that you miss that with their list.
When my kids were in diapers, I would sometimes cut and carry extra diaper coupons in my wallet, but I've truly never been a binder person. I tend to be very, very anti-binder.
Part of it, too, stems from when I was originally writing my workshops. When I'd talk to people (who were NOT coupon shoppers but were interested in saving money) overwhelmingly, three themes rang true -- they wanted to spend as little time on couponing as possible, they did not want to cut "hundreds of little papers," and they did -not- want to carry around a binder. And the rise of the "clipless" system began... :)
I just ordered some from Amazon, I had a gift card to use up so I thought I would try to organize my clipped coupons with sleeves and binder instead of the coupon wallet. I am not sure how it will work out but I purchased the "currency" sleeves. They are, you guessed it, the size to fit currency or COUPONS! They are a little more than the baseball cards but I thought it would work best for me.
I also did get some baseball card sized ones and qualified for the free shipping. I thought if it doesn't work my boys can use them for their pokemon and sort of cards :-)
I am in shock that so many of you want to use binders. They are my worst nightmare! :) I can't imagine giving up clipless... or having to carry around a coupon binder.
Don't get me wrong... I just end up with so many clipped coupons and printables. I don't want to lose or have it hit the print limit so I print them out and then I 9 times out of 10 can not find it! (like the margaritaville shrimp one, ended up using another computer and bf name) I have seriously 4 coupon wallets currently. One that has the stores I shop at (Dom, Jewel, Target, Wags and CVS) spots for the ones I am going to use that week. The other is for clipped coupons that are not expired, the other is for Target printables and the other is for stuff I throw in that I find laying around my house. It is beyond ridiculous! lol...
I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO CLIP ALL MY INSERTS! lol... one of the reasons I love your method Jill. I barely have time to file them! But I thought the sleeves could keep the ones that I already clipped or my printables in view and with me in one spot and I can have targets in the currency and printables. When there was that promo with the coupon file, a years worth of coupons in one holder, that made me laugh... but I thought maybe I should put one insert (not duplicates) in there and then carry that around in my car. But just doing that is a chore. But that would be great too... may try that as well.
I will see how it goes. My problem, is that after my week sales, the coupons that I clipped in say my Jewel tab don't always get used, and then they sit, and sit, and sit. I am not sure if this will help me at all but always up for a new idea and see how it goes.
I absolutley love not having to clip and organize 4 papers worth of coupons. Clipless is great, until I don't get a deal, then when I have loose coupons, cat alerts or peelies I put them in the binder. Putting them in a binder lets me "see" coupons that aren't in my inserts anymore with out sorting through a coupon wallet. I use a wallet to take to the store. I add store only coupons to their respective stores. It works great for me but might not for others.
Thanks What department are they in???????
what department are they in?
Walmart. they come in a 8.5 x 11 sheet w/3 pockets for 4x6 photos. you can also get the pages designed for baseball cards. again, full sheet, but w/9 pockets each baseball card size & the baseball card one IS more expensive