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Extreme Couponing Tip: Coupon Sleeves

Extreme Couponing Tip: Coupon Sleeves

When it comes to organizing your binder By Category, you’ll need lots of sleeves to keep them in! Here at KCL, we recommend 9-pocket sleeves, used for baseball and trading cards. But sometimes coupons are just too big, in which case it can be handy to have a few different kinds.

  • Full sheet protectors: used primarily for scrapbooking and academics, find these in the office supplies, school supplies, or craft section.
  • 9 pockets: used for baseball/trading cards. Often found near the front of the store, next to baseball and trading cards.
  • 8 pocket: used for coupons gaming cards. Find online or at a hobby shop.
  • 6 pockets: for tall/wide trading cards. Find online or at a hobby shop.
  • 4 pockets: for postcards and photos. Often found near the photo/camera section or a craft store by the scrapbooking supplies.
  • 3 pockets: used for currency. Online or coin shops are your best bets for tracking these down.
  • 2 pocket: traditionally used for storing 5×7 photos. Find these near the photo albums.
Remember to invest in quality brand sleeves to prevent tearing (you’ll be flipping through the pages frequently!)

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41 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Coupon Sleeves”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t buy the 9 pocket inserts Walmart sells that are by the front registers with the baseball cards. They are very cheap, paper thin and tear very easily. I like the heavier ones at Staples the best. I buy them when they are on sale or Staples has a save $X on $XX purchase q.

  2. Am I the only one that likes the expandable coupon files? I tried to switch to the binder this week (9 per page), and it was very frustrating trying to put all the coupons into the binder. It took me HOURS, then after clipping the 28 papers from last Sunday, I had to go back, and I didn’t leave enough room on the pages! I have 2 expandable files, one for consumables, the other for non-consumables. At the store, I put the 2 files across the front of the cart, and when next to each other, it expands the entire width of the baby seat. It seems simpler and less time consuming. I am new at couponing, I welcome constructive thoughts.

  3. Susan says:

    PS I recycle my list from week to week by printing my coupons on the back of my spreadsheet paper that i am done with.

    do a search for coupon insert spreadsheet and you should find a few of them already made up for you

  4. Susan says:

    I gave up on doing it this way. I use a monthly accordion divider and a spread sheet. I use post it notes to “label” each tab by insert and date, example RedPlum 10-2-11. then Instead of cutting and dividing each coupon into catagories I type them all into a spread sheet, and then sort it in alphabetical order and print it out. Then if I am looking for a coupon in a store I can look for it on my spread sheet instead of flipping open a binder and spending 5 minutes searching for that coupon.

    Bonus of this is that the accordion divider is open at the top and as long as I carry a pair of scissors in the front pocket I only have to cut out what i need.

    Another bonus to this is that at the end of each week I can do another sort in my spread sheet and find the expired coupons and know exactly where to go to find them instead of searching for them 1 page at a time.

    I now spend less than an hour getting my spread sheet ready every week and that includes getting rid of expired coupons =)

  5. Anonymous says:

    go to the thrift store and buy old photo albums and take out the inserts!

  6. Anonymous says:

    well all those who want to save money should go to the thrift store like I did and bought old photo albums and took out the inserts and bought a 3″ binder at walmart. You can find good stuff at your local thrift store

  7. Kacey Betau says:

    My organization is still a work in progress. First I didn’t clip any and just filed the whole insert and cut as needed. This took to long for me when making my lists and then didn’t know what to do with the ones I cut but didn’t end up using. So then I switched to the binder with the 9 pockets. My fingers started to get calluses from all that cutting. :) So now I am trying the combo method. I only cut the ones for things I use regularly and file them in the front of my binder. I then make a quick spreadsheet for the remainder of the coupons in the insert and put it in a full sheet protector with the insert. Those go in the back of the binder. It is working better then the other two ways alone but it is a work in progress. The one thing I do find helpful is that the cut coupons are organized by the aisles in the store I shop at most. That way I don’t have to pull them for that store till I get there and know for sure that I will be using them.

  8. Michelle says:

    I have finally settled on the binder organization method and LOVE it! I have my coupons organized alphabetically by item name/manufacturer. They are in a Case Logic binder that zips closed, has a strap and handle, which I found on clearance at Walmart for $7. :) All my coupons are stored in an app on my iPhone (free app; customer support is fantastic!!!). It tracks the coupon name, type, amount, expiration, details, category, etc. The app gives me alerts when the coupons are about to expire. So I can use them or purge them. I keep little plastic envelopes in my binder labeled “to file”, “to enter”, and “expired”. When I clip, I enter the coupons on a website that is forwarded by email to my phone for uploading into the app. It might sound tedious, but the flow of the system is perfect for my Saturday “organize my coupon world” day and for when I shop. Have learned so much from everyone’s comments and from this site!!!

  9. Michelle says:

    I have finally settled on the binder organization method and LOVE it! I have my coupons organized alphabetically by item name/manufacturer. They are in a Case Logic binder that zips closed, has a strap and handle, which I found on clearance at Walmart for $7. :) All my coupons are stored in an app on my iPhone (free app; customer support is fantastic!!!). It tracks the coupon name, type, amount, expiration, details, category, etc. The app gives me alerts when the coupons are about to expire. So I can use them or purge them. I keep little plastic envelopes in my binder labeled “to file”, “to enter”, and “expired”. When I clip, I enter the coupons on a website that is forwarded by email to my phone for uploading into the app. It might sound tedious, but the flow of the system is perfect for my Saturday “organize my coupon world” day and for when I shop. Have learned so much from everyone’s comments and from this site!!!

  10. wendy says:

    I made my own currency style sheets, I just used regular sheet protectors, and ran them through my sewing machine, making 3 pockets,then slit the plastic, it takes a while, but I think the savings are worth it! Plus I had gotten the sheet protectors super cheap @ back to school time! :)
    Works great for printable, catalinas and register rewards, etc.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I use the 9 pouch sleeves & KCL coupon binder category. My husband noticed that I took a lot of time finding each section, so he purchased numbered tabs that correspond with KCL category. It works great and less flipping.

    What I have also done to keep track of all of my reward cards is put them on a keychain. I punch a hole on one end and put them on a keychain, it is easier and less stuff in my wallet.

    Wish there was a section where we could post pictures of our binders or boxes or however we are organizing our coupons. I find this all very interesting and would love a visual.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I use the box method too. The binder seems so big and bulky to me. The box I have is 6 x 8 inches, and 6 inches tall. I made my own tabbed dividers with large index cards. I cut the tops to make tabs. I used the same categories that KCL uses. On the front of each index card I wrote what is included in that category. I keep a pen and small (snack size) bag of paperclips in my box. I paperclip the like coupons together. I also have dividers for the stores that I frequent and I keep my rr’s and coupons that I am planning on using in the section. I find that I can also fold up the advertisement booklet and keep it in the section. It really helps to keep everything organized. Thank you

  13. Anonymous says:

    I found what I believe is the simple way for me. I have my coupons in zippered school pouches in my zippered binder (with shoulder strap of course) sorted into the letters of the alpha (in some cases had to split a letter into a food/nonfood pouch). The binder I bought at Target is two sided so I put A-L in one side and M-Z in the other. I then have an excel spreadsheet with all of the important info (brand, amt, exp date,# of coupons I have etc). I keep that spreadsheet in the front of my binder and make notations in ink when I use a coupon (in order to keep it current). The best part is I can search/sort based on what I am looking for). I can sort it by exp dates and delete them from the spreadsheet monthly. This made it fast/easy for me to see if I had a coupon for a particular sale item without flipping through pages. The initial spreadsheet was time consuming but not near as long as it was to make coupons fit into the baseball sleves.

  14. Anonymous says:

    If you like to be extra organized you can also label each sheet. For example, I labeled my breakfast section into General Mills Cereal, Kelloggs Cereal, coffee, etc. And I also did that in the Hygiene section, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. I found it to save me a lot of time of just going straight to that tab, than going straight to that sheet plus I didn’t over look it like I did before.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I found the baseball card sleeves for like $5 at Target. Amazon has great deals too for others!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Target has the baseball card kind for like $5 for 35. Also Amazon is a great place to find all of them!

  17. I was able to find a baseball card store (sports memorabilia) that had a huge box of used 9-sleeve sheets. I got them for 10 cents each! Still trying to find 3 pocket sleeves for my printables. My area craft stores seem to be out of stock everytime I go.

  18. Anonymous says:

    .,Amazing,,.my best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here ManyRich.com

  19. Sara Brown says:

    I use a box method too. I tried the binder & it was just too much flipping.
    The box is clear & about 10″ x 12″?? I have 3 sections Food, Health & beauty & household. Each section is sorted a-z. I file by brand name.
    This way if I see Kraft cheese on sale I look under K & I don’t have to figure out if I filed it under dairy refrgerated or who knows what.
    It aslo makes it easy when I’m cleaning out my Qs to sort them by food & non-food to send them to the Military bases.

  20. Beth says:

    I had a binder with various pocket pages (3, 4, 6, 8 pockets) but, honestly, it didn’t work out. The cutting, filing and trying to cram them into different pockets just took forever. I purchased a see through box with a handle and tabbed index cards (4×6). I made my own categories and file my coupons in the box. It is so much quicker and easier, and the box fits perfectly in a cart. I don’t mind thumbing through a category, as I staple my like coupons together.

    • Anonymous says:

      beth that idea sounds amazing!! do you have any pics of what this looks like by chance? i am getting way overwhelmed with my binder really fast! this sounds like a great idea!

      • Beth says:

        If I was at home, I could definitely upload a pic! Email me at mariamariatink@aol.com and when I get home I’ll send you a photo. It is super easy, and it was an inexpensive purchase. I think the box was $7 and the two sets of tabbed index cards were $4 each. I was also very overwhelmed with the binder, so I know how you feel!!!

        • Anonymous says:

          i am goin to email u now! my email is mommysfinds2010@gmail.com so u will know its from me. thank you so much! i have been all over the forums looking for something new and your idea sounds perfect! i really appreciate it! i haven’t been couponing long, but the binder is getting crazy and i hate all the flipping! lol. i staple mine too, so your idea sounds so much nicer! thanks! nina

          • I found expandable coupon holders at Staples. I have 2 one for consumables and one for non-consumables. They both fit across the front of the buggy just fine. They were $3 each (on sale of course!). I’ve been meaning to find my 4 X 6 index cards, just haven’t looked for them yet. I have the two stacked on each other in a fabric shopping bag. I tried the binder this week, I can’t handle the time it takes to put them in there. Looking through all the coupons helps me to know what coupons I have.

    • Nikki Reese says:

      That’s so funny! For years, I used a file box with index cards as dividers. After I started following KCL–getting two papers and clipping nearly all coupons–I felt like it was taking forever in the store to flip through all the coupons in each section, so I finally switched to the binder and LOVE it! More time upfront to organize, but easier to find the coupons as I prepare for shopping and especially when I’m in the store and need to see if I have a coupon for some item. Certainly goes to show how unique each one of us is! :-)

  21. Anonymous says:

    i personally know first hand that 8 pocket sleaves are wayyy better than 9 pocket..even when i go to the store and people stop me to look at my “AWESOME”(lol) binder they say tho’s pockets are alot better than the 9 also..9 pocket sleaves are too little and you have to do alot of cutting and clipping to make sure everything fits the right size..but i have never had a problem with fitting anything in my 8 pockets….at first the thought of folding my printables made me cringe but you get used to it after months and months of use..you can buy a pack of 100 for around $20 on amazon..great value i think..and i just use regular sleves to keep my store policys in and rain checks..also..i baught a 3 ring binder pencil case for about $4 off amazon and it has 2 zip pockets on it…one of witch i keep all my store cards in and the other i use to store coupons in that ive pulled out my binder so i can just grab them all at the register when im ready to check out..im a big “binder bragger” lol..i have an awesome binder all customized with sparkley stones and everything is so perfectly catagorized and organized..hay…if im going to coupon i may aswell put a little bit of my fun personality into my binder ;-)..everybody loves it..its my Coupon bible lol xoxox

  22. I also use pencils cases made for the three ring binders, I have them for the different stores I shop at, that way if I see on a post that something is going to be on sale for that store I put the coupon in the pencil case, plus I put rainchecks, store coupons and RR in them it makes it easier when I’m at the store…

  23. Anonymous says:

    I just didn’t have the patience for the traditional binder but am a lover of the Excel Spreadsheet! I created a spreadsheet that gives : Brand, what coupon is for, value and expiration date. This enables me to sort the spreadsheet however I want (maybe someone would add an additional field to show if the coupon is food, cleaning, etc). I keep that sheet in the front of my binder that just had a zippered pouch for each letter of the alphabet (large ones get 2–one for food, one for nonfood items). I update my spreadsheet weekly and can see at a glance what I have coupons for.

    • Anonymous says:

      wow..i wouldnt have the patience for that..having to read all the coupons ive got for everything..id rather have a binder and just flip through my exact catogeries and look at the pictures lol..maybe it go’s by how many coupons you have too..i have hundereds maybe way over 1000 coupons in there..i dont think i would want to read every coupon…im glad it works for you..but definatly not for me lol..great idea though :-) xoxo

  24. Anonymous says:

    e-bay has them – Currency pockets etc.

  25. Brittany Lakomiak says:

    What would be the best place to find the 8 & 6 pocket online? I have not tried looking at the store yet either..anyone seen any of these at stores?

  26. I found the 3 pocket currency inserts at Office Max. I’m sure similar office supply stores will have them. Love them for my printables.