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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How to Build Your Coupon Binder

Ever wondered what's in one of those massive coupon binders? This video shows how a coupon binder works, and all of the things it can contain. If you have trouble viewing the video in this post, you can also watch it on YouTube.


You can print the price book featured in the video from this page.

Here are the lists of categories referenced in the video.

A few large categories, with smaller sub-categories (thanks to rianacj for this list):

BABY(Diapers, wipes, snacks, baby food, formula)
BREAD/CEREAL (Cereal, granola bars, breakfast foods, breads, chips/crackers, rice/pasta)
CLEANERS(Floor cleaners, dish cleaners, laundry, bathroom, standard, air fresheners)
DAIRY(cheese, butter/oil, yogurt, misc. dairy)
DESSERT(cookies, frozen dessert, cake/brownie mix, fruit/jello/pudding, drinks, candy, baking goods)
MEAT (poultry, lunchmeat, seasonings/sauces, breakfast meat, misc. meat)
MEDICINE (cold/allergy, pain releivers, misc)
MISC (Sauces/salsa/ketcup,canned goods, frozen goods, salads/dressing, Pets, misc foods, misc household)
PAPER GOODS (kleenex/garbage bags, plates/paper towels, toilet paper, foils/wraps/containers)
PERSONAL HYGIENE (Facial cleansers, Body Wash, Lotion, Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, Deodorant, shaving, Makeup, hair care, misc hygiene)


Several small categories (thanks to ahunter1 for this list):

Air freshener
alcohol
auto care
baby care
bacon
bags-freezer
bags-kitchen trash
bags-misc.
bags-outdoor trash
bags-oven cooking
bags-sandwich
baking supplies
bandages
batteries
beans-canned
beverages
biscuits-canned
biscuit mix
bleach
bread
bread mix
bread/roll frozen
breakfast food-frozen
breakfast food-misc
butter
cake mix
candy
cat food-bagged
cat food-canned
cereal-cold gen mills
cereal-cold kellogg
cereal-cold misc
cereal-cold nabisco
cereal-cold post
cereal-cold quaker
cereal-cooked
charcoal
charcoal starter
cheese
cheese-cottage
cheese-cream
cheese spread
chili canned
chinese food
chips
chocolate chips
cigarettes
cleaner-bathroom
cleaner-powder
cleaner-floor
cleaner-liquid
cleaner-oven
coating mix
cocoa
coffee
coffee creamer
cookies
cookie mix
cooking oil
corn meal
cosmetics
crackers
dental floss
deodorant
dessert-frozen
detergent
diapers
diet aids
dinners frozen
dinner mixes
dip
dog food-bagged
dog food-canned
drink mixes
eggs
fabric softener
feminine products
film
flour
foil
frosting
fruit-canned
fruit-dried
granola
gravy mix
gum
hair color
hair care
honey
ice cream
ice cream topping
insect killer
jam/jelly
jello
juice-bottle/box/can
juice-frozen
ketchup
kitchen-house items
light bulbs
lighters
magazines
margarine
marshmallows
mayonnaise
meat-canned
meat-frozen
meat-luncheon
medicine-antacid
medicine-children's
medicine-cold
medicine-decongestant
medicine-eye
medicine-headache
medicine-misc
mexican food canned
mexican misc
mexican-salsa
milk-dry
milk-evaporated
milk-fresh
mouthwash
muffin mix
mustard
napkins
muts
olives
pancake mix
pantyhose
paper cups
paper plates
paper towels
pasta
peanut butter
pickles
pie crust
pizza-frozen
pizza mix
plastic wrap
polish-furniture
popcorn
potatoes-frozen
potatoes-instant
produce
pudding
razors
restaurant
rice
rolls-cinnamon
rolls-dinner
salad toppings
salad dressing-bottle
salad dressing-mix
sauce-bbq
sauce-misc
sauce-spaghetti
sauce-steak
sauce-tomato
sausage
school supplies
scouring pads
seafood
shaving-cream/lotion
shortening
skin care
snacks
soap-bath
soap-liquid
soap-liquid dish
soap-dishwasher
spices/flavorings
soup-canned
soup-dry
sour cream
stain remover
stuffing mix
sugar
sweetener
syrup
tea
tissue-bathroom
tissue-facial
toothbrush
toothpaste
vegetables-canned
vegetables-frozen
vinegar
vitamins
water
wax-floor
whipped topping
yeast
yogurt

17 comments:

Heidi said...

Leave any comments here.

wipersnaz said...

Thanks, this is great! I think I'm finally going to convert to doing the coupon binder.

Where's the best place to get the plastic baseball card holders? What's a good price for them?

Heidi said...

Wipersnaz:

I've found them most cheaply at Wal-Mart. I've had to ask where they were at times, and ultimately I find them either in the stationary section or in the stands next to the checkout registers.

I think that a package is about 3.50.

HTH!

Rubyqhammer said...

I just watched the video. Thank you. I had gathered some supplies ahead of time that I just had around. Now I think I will look for a zippered binder instead of the one I had.

I'm new, but I have been looking around the site. I have not seen the price book that was in the first section. Is this available or is it just one you put together over time? If available can you provide a link?

Heidi said...

@rubyhammer: Absolutely! You can find the most recent edition of the price book here:
http://www.utahshoppingsecrets.com/2008/05/pyp-price-book-25.html

And you can find a video on how to use it here:
http://www.utahshoppingsecrets.com/2008/05/introducing-pinching-your-pennies-free.html

HTH, and let me know if you have any more questions!

kris said...

Heidi,

I remember seeing someone selling pre-made coupon binders on the PYP website. Can you direct me to that post? Do you know if they have any left?

Thanks!

Money said...

http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77300

Blake & Ally said...

Where can I find the list at the front of your binder on PYP?

Heidi said...

Blake and Ally:

You can download it right here:

http://www.moneydummy.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/master-price-list1.xls

Kristi said...

I really like the binder that you have. I have looked around, and can't find one I like with the qualities of yours. Can you tell me what brand your is? Thanks.

Heidi said...

@Kristi:

It's a Pen-Tab Pro Platinum, which I bought several years ago at Wal-Mart. I've seen identical ones during Back-to-School times, which are starting very soon (ouch), so you should be able to grab one.

Beth said...

Okay, WHERE do you get all your coupons? Like, what are your top three sources for finding all these awesome deals so you can start stacking them with store sales, etc.?

Heidi said...

@Beth: In order to frequency with which I use coupons from that source:

1. Newspapers, which I get from multiple Sunday subscriptions and from friends and relatives.
2. Mailing lists. I'll put together a post on places to sign up for coupon mailing lists.
3. Printable coupons. You can find a list of many of the currently available printable coupons as a sticky note at the top of the printable coupons section here: http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=72

Once you load the post, you can just perform a ctrl+F for any product you're interested in and see where and if it's available.

Margie said...

Just started couponing. I feel a little overwhelmed. But your explanation was a great help.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the video. I am planning to switch to a binder from my box so this was really helpful!

Nicki said...

Does each pocket contain coupons for the exact same coupon? So if I had three different coupons for Oral B toothbrushes they would go in the same pocket and Reach would go in a different pocket? Or would you put them both together?

Heidi said...

Nicki: I'd put the Oral B in one pocket and the Reach in another.

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