My stepfather is hard to shop for. Anything he wants, he can buy for himself. His needs are not many. When you ask him what he'd like for Christmas or his birthday, he'll tell you "Oh, you don't have to get me anything." Don't you just hate hearing that?

However, if there's one thing I know about my stepfather, it's this: he loves a great deal, just like me. In fact, he's been inspired enough by my recent coupon savings to start dabbling in a little couponing himself. However, he doesn't follow blogs and has NO organizational system for his coupons. So last week, the idea popped into my head: make this man his own coupon binder for Christmas!

The more I thought about this idea, the more GENIUS it seemed. I bounced the idea off of my best friend. Her reaction: "That's perfect! I want one!"  Problem solved. At first, I thought I would just print the downloadable binder pages from the KCL website. Even though this is a great resource, I realized that the pages were not very…well…manly.

I couldn't picture my stepdad flipping through such a girly binder. I'm an art teacher, so I photoshopped up some more masculine pages, using all the same categories as the KCL binder, which I'll put in nice sheet protectors and follow up with some trading card sleeves. I'm also going to include KCL's "How to be a Coupon Psychic," KCL's "Stock-Up Price List," and the coupon policies for my stepfather's local stores.

As I work on this gift for my stepfather, I can't help but think of the future gifting possibilities. I already know that my best friend would like one, so there's a birthday present out of the way. Other friends, family and my facebook friends are constantly asking me how I save so much at the stores where I shop. Here's a gift option for all of them! It was quick, easy, and costs next to nothing.

To recap, here's what I’m including in my gift binder:

  • Table-of-contents and a page for each section
  • Sheet protectors for each section page (paper is too flimsy on its own and may tear eventually.)
  • Trading card pages, or other multi-sectioned pages for each category
  • The KCL "Stock-Up Price List"
  • The KCL "How to be a Coupon Psychic" article
  • Coupon policies for local stores
  • If this is for a beginning couponer, you may even include some tips you've picked up on your own, like a page of blogs to subscribe to, or the Walgreens coupon policy in layman's terms.

This has been a guest post by Tiffany from Topeka, KS
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