How do you make a coupon binder?
A variety of manufacturers create high-quality coupon binders that you can use to sort your coupons and keep them in great order.
However, you may want to save yourself a little money here and make your own binder.
This process not only helps you save cash but can be a fun project for you and your kids.
The following information will provide you with the steps that you need to create a coupon binder that works for your needs.
You’ll fully understand not only the materials necessary for your binder but the process of putting it together and general maintenance steps.
Gather Your Materials
The materials you’ll need for your binders are surprisingly few and relatively inexpensive.
In most cases, you’ll be able to build a high-quality binder in less than an hour.
In this way, you can get your binder out in the public and working for you right away.
The following items are your bare essentials for putting together a coupon binder but can be expanded as you see fit.
For example, you don’t have to use a three-ringer binder if you want another type:
- A Three-Ringer Binder – This type of binder is probably the best for coupons because they are not only easy to operate but are very sturdy compared to other types of binders on the market.
- Plastic Sheets – Typically, you’re going to need some types of plastic sheets – often from baseball card holders – to keep track of your coupons and their dividers.
- Scissors – These tools are necessary for cutting not only your coupons out but adding dividers and other items to your binder.
- Three-Hole Punch – This item helps to cut out appropriately-spaced holes in your binder items to ensure that you can fit them easily into your binder.
- Dividers – These dividers can either be small pieces of cardboard that you can slip into the plastic sheaths or official coupon dividers you find from a store.
- Decorative Items – You’ll likely want to decorate your binder with items such as markers, stickers, ribbons, glue, tape, pencils, and more.
These materials should be available in most supermarkets and shouldn’t cost you much more than $15-20 or so to purchase.
Try to find these items for sale during the school shopping season.
In this way, you can save yourself even more money and get your binder more on the cheap.
Just as importantly, don’t hesitate to seek out these items from an arts and craft shop near you.
Though these stores may cost a bit more than a normal supermarket, the products that they provide will be stronger.
In this way, your binder can last for years without any issue.
Put Your Binder Together
The following process will get your binder together quickly and ensure that it looks strong, stable, and secure for years to come:
- Start Punching Holes – Collect all of your plastic sheets, dividers, and use a three-ring punch to break holes in these sheets. Try to stack them up when you punch to not only save yourself time but to ensure that the holes are even on the sheets.
- Organize Your Coupons – Go through the types of coupons you plan on using when shopping and sort them based on the type of item you will use, the store at which you’ll use them, and their expiration date. Use this information to create your dividers.
- Insert Your Dividers – Your binder dividers should be broken down first by the store where the coupons are available. Then, the dividers should indicate what type of product is applicable with the coupon and then the expiration date. Write all of this information on the dividers and insert them into the plastic sheets.
- Start Adding Your Pages – Carefully add your plastic baseball card sheets to your binder in a way that makes sense. For example, all of your dividers for one store should stick with that store. Make sure several sheets are available in each sub-category and arrange the store dividers alphabetically for easier access.
- Decorate Your Binder – After you have finished putting all of your sheets on your binder, you can decorate it however you see fit. Feel free to skip this step if you’re not interested but indulge yourself and have fun adding any decorative items that seem right for your taste.
After you have finished your binder and added your coupons, you need to make sure to maintain it properly.
Wipe down the surface of dirt and dust from time to time and also clean the front of the binder with a cleaner to break apart stains.
Replace all torn sheets as they rip to ensure your binder stays in great shape.