In addition to your coupon binder, these tools can be great assets:

Zippered pencil pouch: For storing the items mentioned below. Keep at the front of your binder for easy access. Back-to-school sales are a great time to find these at rock bottom prices.

Scissors: Invaluable if you Organize by Date, but still beneficial if you file by Category! You never know when you’ll need to clip a store coupon from an ad/flyer. Also great to know exactly where your scissors are when it’s time for weekly clipping!

Calculator: Great for calculating price per unit to make sure you’re getting the best deal or for calculating your out-of-pocket total before heading to the register.

Writing Utensil: Besides checking off items, handy for noting unadvertised price cuts and starring items needing rain checks.

Weekly ad: Even if you’ve listed all you plan to buy from the weekly ad, bring it along! You may run across an unexpected deal and need to clip a store coupon, confirm the weight/size of the sale product, or verify a price that doesn’t ring up correctly at the register.