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Binder Method of Coupon Organization

RCer Laura Williams of Chattanooga, TN, created the ‘binder’ method of coupon organization. Many readers are following her example. You can visit her website at . Her system hit the ‘big time’ when an article about her  appeared in the October 2001 Woman's Day. Here is the scoop on her unique filing system, along with reports from other readers who have already taken the plunge into the binder method.

Here's how: Laura uses a three-ring zipper type notebook that has inside pockets to hold fliers. She uses the nine-pocket baseball card pages for the coupons and one three-pocket page for the rebates she'll be doing for the month. She also uses a zipper pencil pouch to hold scissors, pen, notepad, and calculator. She also has a business card page with store cards and Valupage scancodes in it. She uses self_stick divider tabs to separate the categories. She uses an old purse strap that she ran through the spine of the binder lengthwise, and now can sling over her shoulder with her purse and carry it. Coupons are trimmed very closely and there are very few coupons that have to be folded to fit in the pockets. The longer coupons are kept in the bottom row of pockets so the zipper won't catch on them. One or two pages are used per category, just depends on how many coupons you have. Try to keep like coupons together in the pockets. Categories are set up in this order:

1. Page for refund forms (This page has three large pockets; all others have nine card slots per page.)
2. Cards (value page barcode, store discount cards, etc.)
3. Baby Items
4. Baking Items
5. Beverages
6. Canned goods
7. Cereals
8. Cleaning Supplies
9. Condiments
10. Dairy
11. Deodorants
12. Entertainment
13. Facial care, razors, etc.
14. Feminine hygiene
15. Frozen foods
16. Laundry needs
17. Makeup
18. Meats
19. Misc.
20. Oral care
21. Over the counter meds
22. Paper & plastic
23. Pasta & rice
24. Pets needs
25. Produce
26. Restaurants
27. Salad dressings
28. Snacks
29. Soaps and body washes

"Since the pages are clear, you can easily see what coupons you have that are for what products and the expiration dates. Makes it easier to get them out. Makes shopping easier and quicker.

"Additional tips: 1. Use a small phone/address book as a price book and keep it in the binder. 2. Use colored paper to color code your pages. 3. Put dark paper in the pockets to enable the use of both sides of the pages.

"Finding needed materials: Notebooks Binder--Look for a 3" three_ring notebook that zips or a notebook/holder of your choice. Be sure to check after-school sales and clearance bins for the best deals. Strap for your notebook (if you prefer one)--you can buy an old purse from a thrift store and use the strap from it, a diaper bag, etc. Be creative. Sports Card Pages--Wal_Mart sells the 10_pack for $1.97, Kmart also has them. Be aware that these pages are lightweight and somewhat flimsy and will tear quicker. Your best bet would be to either order them from, do a search for pro card collector pages, or buy them from a sports memorabilia store. You will probably have to pay a little more for the ones from Amazon or the sports card store, but they are better quality pages. Laura has had the ones in her binder for well over two years now and they have not torn. Pencil Pouches--These you can acquire at the dollar stores or you can find them on clearance after the school year starts. Other--scissors, rotary cutter, or some type of sharp instrument you want to use to cut your coupons with, pen, notepad, calculator. Also be sure to put your name, address and phone number in the front of the binder in case it gets lost.

"From Laura: I will be featured in the Woman's Day October 2001 issue (available on newsstands in September). The article is for the Super Shopper segment of that magazine. I wrote them a letter back in January after reading an article in their magazine wherein readers had written in and told of how they spent about $120 _ $150 per WEEK for groceries. In my letter, I told them how I only spend $120 _ $160 per MONTH for ALL grocery items, food, diapers for two children, hba (health and beauty) items, paper products, etc.

"‘In March, I received a call from one of the writers at Woman's Day wanting to schedule an interview. Two weeks later, the phone interview took place. Then in mid_June, I received another call requesting that I send in some photographs for the article. It was at that time I got the definite date as to when the article would be published in the magazine.’"

"I have been in search of the ultimate coupon organizing system for most of the last eight years. I have used practically every type of coupon file container in existence. I have used shoeboxes (both cardboard and plastic). Then I switched to a binder system linked to the now defunct Cash_In computer program with web-linked coupon lists. I also used the ‘Coupodex,’ which was fun but couldn't hold all of my coupons. Then I came upon the ‘Price Planner’ system. So far, this system is working well for me, but I had to buy an extra binder to hold all of my coupons. One book holds food items, the other holds non_food items. The Price Planner is a planner style binder that contains divider pages and clear plastic pages with a single pocket on each side. Each pocket holds a good many coupons. It even has pockets in the inside front cover to hold store cards or the coupons I plan to use on each shopping trip. I use the categories and sorting tips provided with the planner, which follows the normal breakdown of grocery categories: baking goods and mixes; beverages; canned goods and soups; cereal and breakfast; condiments and sauces; dairy; ethnic and vegetarian; frozen breakfasts, desserts and fruits; frozen meals and vegetables; pasta, rice, grains and breads; produce, meat, deli and bakery; snacks; baby care; cleaning supplies; detergents and laundry; health care and nutrition; hygiene; paper products; refuse and storage; general merchandise; services and entertainment. Some of these categories are further broken down with extra pockets to hold ‘like’ coupons, such as the baby category. I have extra pockets for diapers, wipes, food, baby care products, and feeding supplies.

"I really like the binder method since it reduces the risk of dropping my coupons since I shop with my boys: a 12-month-old, a 4-year-old, and a 40-year-old. (Shopping can be rather chaotic in our house.) I have found that I get greater savings with the binder method over other methods, simply because it seems easier to find the coupons I am looking for and I can take my binder anywhere and sort through my files. The filing seems to go much faster for me and I can weed out my expireds much faster also. I use binders for everything from filing rebate forms and qualifiers to recording my couponing and refunding rewards. I love to be organized and find that binders fit the bill for me."

Tami Lincoln, Canton, NY

"I switched to the binder method of coupon organization about a month ago. I find that it's much easier to organize and find my coupons this way. I got the idea from Chit Chat and a few other websites, including Laura's board (

"I got my binder from Wal_Mart. It's a Pen_Tab Pro Platinum. I got this binder because in addition to being a three_ring binder, it has several useful pockets with zippers, post_it holders, and an accordion file with four pockets. It was about $ 10. I then bought some trading card holders (for baseball cards, etc.). Each sheet has nine pockets. They were about $1 _ $2 per pack. I also got some 5 x 7 photo holders for photo albums at around $2 _$3 a pack. These are good for larger coupons, receipts, refund forms, or anything that won't fit in the trading card pockets. I also bought a few 8½ x 11 sheet protectors for any full_sized information I want to keep. I got some stick_on index tabs to use as dividers.

"Here are a few tips I have for putting it together. The trading card holders and 5 x 7 photo holders come in different sized sheets. Take your binder to make sure you get sheets that fit. Another helpful tip is to cut construction paper to fit the small pockets of the trading card sheets. Slip the construction paper in the back of the pocket and put your coupons in front of it. This will keep the coupons on the next sheets from showing through. This makes the coupons a lot easier to find, see, and read. Also, it's helpful to keep a small calculator, scissors, and pen in the binder if you don't do that already.

"The binder cost me about $20 altogether, but costs will fluctuate depending on how many sheets you buy, type of binder, etc. It took me about two to three days to put together but could take longer depending on how much uninterrupted time you have. I like it much better than the coupon box method. The binder is much easier to carry. It's also easier to keep closed. Also, since you use the nine_pocket trading card sheets, you can see several coupons at once, rather than just one at a time.

"I really like this system. The only change I plan on making so far is the actual organization of the coupons. Right now, I have them organized alphabetically by item category (baby products, baking, beverages, body care, bread, etc.). I think I may separate my food coupons from my non_food products and have the items organized alphabetically within each. I hope this helps."

Rosie Casey, Austin, TX

Here are some comments about this innovative binder method from some of our other readers:


N "It took me probably three or four hours from beginning to end, taking in account that none of the coupons I had were sorted yet. For someone as disorganized as I am, this worked very well. I am actually able to find the coupons I want to use." Maria H., CT

"I love this binder method of organizing.  The only fault I can find with the system is that the baseball card sheets are too small.  I use the 3 1/2 inch diskette sheets.  Plenty of room for your coupons, even the fat ones.  They have 2 sides which means only 8 pockets per page, but works alot better than the baseball sheets.  I also got my binder on clearance for only $.80 when its original price was $15.00.  I love Target for their clearance aisles." Lori IN

N "I switched to the binder method almost six months ago, and I'm so glad I did! I took a binder I never used, dividers I already had, and went to Wal-Mart for the pages--baseball card holders. These pages cost almost $2 for a 10-pack, but I've made that money back and then some with the deals I've been able to get thanks to the binder. I divided my binder into sections--baking goods, beverages, dairy, etc. With this method I can now flip through and see exactly what I have and how many of each. This has really helped me during shopping. If I see that toilet tissue is on sale, I can quickly flip to the paper section and find my coupon(s) in half the time it took me with my former envelope system. I also have a section for rebate offers in the back so when I am shopping I can check those as well. Sometimes I get looks and comments from other customers and from cashiers, but nine times out of ten they are positive. It can be difficult carrying my large binder and my three year old at the same time, but I manage. If you are thinking of trying this method but are concerned you won't like it, let me encourage you to go ahead and give it a shot. I did and I haven't regretted it once!" Kimberly, TX

N "It only took me about two days or so to get my binder set up. The hardest part was finding the baseball card holders to put in my binder. I found my binder on clearance so I didn't spend that much at all. The system has really helped me. Now I carry my binder in my car at all times and I find that I use it all the time. I find great sales that weren't advertised and I have my coupons ready. It's really helped me save money." Chris Liner, GA

N "This is the best and most efficient method for me. It only took an hour to set up and I actually use it. Before I would always lose coupons and it was too much of a hassle to alphabetize them. Now all I do is glance through it as I go down the aisles. I have cut my grocery bills down greatly with this method. I highly recommend it!" Vanessa, KY

N "I have found the answer I have been looking for! I have tried everything. I have used the Hannah Hansen coupon wallet, the Hannah Hansen coupon master file box, the shoebox with envelopes, Rubbermaid plastic boxes when my shoebox fell apart, a wooden mini chest that has a hinged lid with envelopes, a Ziploc freezer bag full of envelopes that have metal clasps on them, document mailers, in other words, just about everything. As of right now, I have a huge 12-quart Sterilite plastic box with about 15 freezer bags full of coupons, and I actually have to try to shop with this thing–not to mention sort through and attempt to trade out of it!! All of these methods have been outgrown by me and my volume of coupons. I can’t even find what I am looking for; so to fix this problem, I would sit out in my car in the parking lot of the grocery store in the heat, cold, rain, and dark, go down my list and get what coupons I needed to shop with and HOPE I didn’t forget any of them. I love RMC and I love all the friends that I have made here; but as far as saving money, I don’t. Not because of bad advice from the print RMC or from untruthful traders online, but because I spend all of my savings trying to organize myself. I usually save about $50 per week using my coupons. If you will look at all the supplies I have had to buy, you can see where I have spent all of my savings. I would literally go shopping and think, ‘Do I see anything that would be big enough to suit my needs?’ I have tried everything and nothing works. I was ‘shopping’ in the index of the print RMC and saw the ‘Next Month’ ad and decided to go look. I, after all, have tried everything else. I was so happy to read about this new binder method. I intend to try it. I will be visiting the eboard again to make a list of exactly what supplies I need and will be working toward getting started. Sometimes I get so frustrated, I just want to throw all of my boxes and bags and this and that into the garbage! I am going to try this one last option and after that, I am going to hire a coupon caddy. Golfers have one, so why can’t I?" Rhonda Herring, NC

N "I did the switch last week. I got all of my supplies online (with a free camera and discount of course). It was not hard to do. It did take a few nights to complete though as I had been using two boxes. This is much better so far. It takes up FAR less space in my home and is completely portable. It is however REALLY thick, so beware!!! All in all I am pleased." Deb Cahill, NY

N "I was at Wal-Mart today and found the perfect binder for couponing on sale!! It is a ‘Conductor Series’ CD carrying case. It has 256 pockets, zipper closing, reinforced carrying handle, a mesh pocket on the outside (for grocery ads) and two velcro pockets (one for ‘preferred customer’ cards and one for pens, lists, etc.). I like the CD pockets for coupons because the back is a textured fabric which keeps the coupons from sliding out. Best part of all was I got it on clearance at Wal-Mart for $20. If you’re interested, the model number is CDW256V and the UPC is 05388 94774. For dividers, I bought the little sticky colored divider tabs and stuck them on the pages." A Reader

N "I have always used the box to organize and file my coupons. I have tried dividing the box into categories. I have tried putting the coupons alphabetically. I have tried bigger boxes and then little boxes. I traded for a coupodex, but that looked too complicated. Back in April I went to a super doubles week at Kroger’s. They were doubling all coupons up to a dollar. I was constantly digging into the box for this or that coupon. Then after getting to the right category, I still had to search through the handful of coupons for the right coupon. This takes a lot of time. I find the hardest part is remembering which category I filed a certain coupon into. Did I file the brownie coupons under baking goods, or desserts, or is it under snacks? I find that filing my coupons alphabetically ended up causing me problems . I would be rushing to file my coupons away and forget to file the Pamper’s diapers under P and find them later under D for diapers. Two weeks ago, a friend was getting rid of a whole box of the plastic sleeves that you would use for a baseball card collection. I don’t know the official name. I decided then it would be now or never. My binder cost me $6 on clearance at Kmart. I got one that zipped close. It has a zipper on the front of it with a see-through pocket. This is great for collecting coupons and forms as I shop. Last night I went to Kroger’s for a triple coupon promotion they are having this weekend. I was done shopping within 2½ hours. This is awesome! I firmly believe I have cut my shopping time down in half because I am now able to see my coupons instead of having to dig for them. I am so glad that I made the switch from a box to the binder!! I will never go back!" Lea Crumley, TN

N "I use a small photo album for my forms. It is the kind that you would slip the photos into. This makes it so much easier to find my forms and buy the correct products because the picture of the product is right there. I also like it because I just leave it in my car and my family does not hassle me about my ‘crazy couponing.’ They think it is just a photo album. Also, for some of the deals that require multiple UPCs--as I collect the UPCs I slip them into the right pocket. When I finally have enough, I mail it away. Much better than keeping them in a regular coupon file like I had been doing. I have not moved to a different system though for my coupons. It sounds like people are using huge binders that I do not want to lug around in the store. I like things that fit into my purse. I am always looking for new ideas though, so keep them coming everyone!" Amanda Beckwith, CA

N "I procrastinated to try the binder system for a long time; but when my coupons started outgrowing my box and I discovered great coupons hiding in the midst of it, I knew it was time to switch. I found a great zip-up binder on the clearance table at Office Depot. It turned out to be a great blessing. I added a strap to the binder and now I can carry it everywhere without all the coupons falling out or getting messed up. The binder also has a pocket in the front that allows me to put coupons in that I am using that trip, and inside there is a slot for holding my good deals pages from the local sales fliers that I make up. I have several pages for each category and I can see what items I have coupons for at a glance. No more lost or expired coupons for me! I love this new system and I kick myself for not having done it sooner! It has saved me so much time, frustration, and money." Kimberly Elliott, TX

N "I've been using the binder for about two months and I love it! It makes myshopping so much easier. I found a zipper binder at The Dollar General Store for $5 and bought a zipper pouch also there for $1. I've bought three packages of the baseball cards sheets at Wal-Mart for $1.97 and the sticky tabs for 77¢ for a package of ten. I have a label maker so I just peel and stick the label on the tabs. I have cut index cards in half to divide the pockets so I can use both sides of the baseball card sheet. It did take about three - four hours total to set it up, that includes the trimming of the coupons very closely so they will fit in the pockets easier. I try not to have to fold any of my coupons so I can easily see the expiration date. It does take a little longer when cutting out my coupons, but it's worth the little extra time because when I go into the store, I know exactly what coupons I have. Now I want to figure out a way to put a strap on it so I can put it on my shoulder. My advice to anyone who is looking for a new way to organize their coupons is to try it. You might just love it!" Denise Bray, WV

N "I changed to a coupon binder last summer as you can see from my article in the October 2000 RMC. After using it for almost a year, I am very pleased with it. In a lifetime of couponing (I’m 62), it’s the best system I’ve ever used. I file coupons every one to four weeks. In the meantime, I have a gallon ziplock bag in the very back of the binder where I toss blinky machine coupons, in-store coupons and rebates when I cut my Sunday supplement coupons. Then I file them all at one time. In the front of my Mead three-ring zippered binder is a pocket where I can put ‘tools of the trade’ such as small scissors, a calculator, pens, note paper, lists, etc. I keep my binder with nine categories as detailed in my previously mentioned article. It did not take very long to set up this system. Just pick out the categories you want to file under, what to file the coupons in (I used quart Glad bags because I had lots), and change from whatever your other system was. I find this system saves me time and money because it’s so easy to always have my coupons with me and to put my hand on a certain coupon quickly. I keep an envelope in back in which I put all coupons expiring that month. I do most of my shopping on a monthly basis and I can quickly check all coupons expiring that month in case I want to use them. I am thrilled with my coupon binder and highly recommend it." Lucy Williams, FL

N "I just recently switched to the binder method. It took a few nights to set up but was well worth it. I used a regular three-ring binder (an old one my son gave up from last school year) and for the inserts, I found pages and pages containing old Pokemon cards (which my 11 year old wouldn’t be caught dead with) and confiscated those, so it didn’t cost me anything for set up. The only thing I did differently was add some full-size page protector pages which I use as pouches, so when I pull the coupons in the store, I put them in these pouches for easy access at check out. The system saves a lot of time in the store. It is a little awkward because the book is big, and my infant is sitting in the basket where the book would normally be, but that’s a small ‘price to pay’ to save time. Good luck to everyone who is just switching now. It’s great!!" Meredith Opp, NY

N "I switched to the binder method for my coupons but I didn't like it very much, so I don't use it for my coupons anymore. I used baseball card pages and 4 x 6 refills and it just took too much time to file my coupons away, plus it was really heavy and was too bulky to carry with me in the store when I had two toddlers in tow. I got my supplies at Wal-Mart. To be honest the binder system works much better for refunding. I use the baseball holders for my UPCs and the 4 x 6 pages for my forms and receipts that go with them." Dee Hurwitz, CA

N "I tried this method using the plastic sleeves used for baseball cards. The system took a LONG time to set up but it seemed logical and so organized. After inserting all of the coupons, I realized the pockets were too small for anything other than the smallest coupons, and then the coupons all have to be closely trimmed to fit the pockets. I hope others have hints on other types of pockets/sleeves to use. This does seem like a systems I could work with if I could just work out a few problems." Mary R., AZ

N "I switched to the binder method as soon as I first heard about it on Chit Chat. I love it! I had an old binder lying around and my husband collects racing cards, so he had a ton of card holders that I kind of snitched from him! I didn't have to spend a penny! It is so much more convenient than the old way, and I get a ton of comments on it while I'm shopping. But...switching over was not fun! I spent a whole weekend working on it to get it just right. I do not use dividers. I typed up a list of all of my categories in order, and put it in a clear sleeve in the front of my binder. My categories are in order of the way my favorite store is set up. I really don't need the list anymore, I use it so much that I have memorized it, but this list helps my husband if he needs to get a coupon out. Also, the binder that I have has a pocket inside both the front and back cover. This is very convenient.

I use the front pocket to keep my current ads and list in and the back pocket to put the coupons in that I am using as I walk around the store. Thanks for the great idea fellow RMCers and friends!!!" Roberta, AL

"I saw in the Chit Chat about the binder method for coupons. I thought, ‘Why not take a look?’ I got a supply of card sheets at a store that was going out of business. I bought about 20 sheets, thinking that was enough, but it was not. The next round of pages came from Wal-Mart. The notebook came from my husband’s work place that they were throwing away. I have done so much better with the use of coupons, which has been great since our store is now tripling up to 50¢ coupons. The thing that happened first with the book caused me to panic. I got the binder altogether for my first shopping trip. It was with a friend to the Meijer store in Ft. Wayne. I got my groceries and checked out. I don't shop there much, was talking to my friend and also the checkout girl. I left and did more shopping around town. I got home and was unloading the car. NO BINDER! I knew exactly where I had left it. MEIJER!! I had just gotten it put together and no name was in the binder, nothing to identify the owner! I thought it was gone!! All the time and effort putting it together for nothing, but I thought I would spend the money on a long distance call to the store to see. The checkout lady had it and was going to turn it in to the service desk at the end of her shift. The next day I went to pick it up. IT WAS THERE!!! I didn't really think it would be there even when they told me they would keep it for me. I shop at Meijer’s now whenever I can. There are some honest people in this world yet! I was not used to having a book to take with my coupons. I love it now. I can see the coupons right away. I can file them quickly. I pull the coupons that are to expire at the end of the month out and put them in a little brag-type photo album that I can carry in my purse for quick stops at the grocery store; then I have space for the newer coupons. This has been the best system I have ever used." Becky, IN

N "I knew there had to be a better way of organizing my coupons! I read somewhere about a lady that used a business card holder and put hers in it. I looked at prices for those and found that it was slightly expensive. I then thought of a small photo album. Nope, that wouldn't work--not big enough for all my coupons. I then found at Wal-Mart a one-inch, three-ring binder with plastic pockets on either side. I picked up baseball card holders (on sale of course) and I bought index tabs to stick on the edges of card holders. I then sat down to convert everything over. It took hours just to transfer my coupons over and put the labels in the tabs. I set it up by the aisles of my grocery store. It worked wonderfully! No more lost coupons--I could see everything I had! I had people stopping me at the store wanting to know how I made it! It was well worth the initial trouble to change over. I soon found out that I was outgrowing this one-inch binder. I needed a bigger, more durable binder, plus the tabs kept coming off, so I found on clearance a 1½" Pentab binder with polyester cloth. I put around 75 to 100 baseball card holders in it and bought the three-ring binder-type index dividers, so now it was all in one. No more tabs coming unstuck in the store. This notebook is more durable and has a zippered section to place coupons on the inside of notebook, a place for a calculator and the back has an area to place a pen and sales papers. It has been the best thing I ever did to help save money. Everyone should have one! I have even started making them for friends as gifts! They love them!" Belinda Taylor, MS

N "I switched over about a month ago, and it's wonderful! I don't know how I ever couponed without it! I had about 1,000 active coupons at the time I made the switch, and it took me from Sunday until Thursday to get it all set up and to re-file all the coupons. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, especially trying to do it with a toddler in tow, but it was WELL worth the effort. My first triple coupon shopping trip cost me $70 for $200 in groceries. I was very happy, and my success was definitely due to the use of the coupon binder. I saw coupons I didn't even know I had with just the flip of a page. My triple coupon grocery store is arranged in a strange way, and I used to have to spend a couple of hours re-organizing my coupons just for that store; but this time, it was no trouble just to use my binder and flip back and forth between sections. I bought my supplies at Wal-Mart. The trading card pages come in packs of 10 for $1.99, and each sheet holds 9 coupons. I had to buy about 11 packs to accommodate the coupons I had in stock, and I bought some Post-It flags to use for tabs to label the sections. It makes it easy to move them around when I'm removing pages of expired coupons or adding a section. I already had a two-inch binder from Office Depot, and that worked great. It was barely big enough! My initial investment of about $25 and four days of work was well worth it, and I easily recouped the expense on my first shopping trip. I get compliments from others every time I pull out my binder–things like, ‘I only wish I was that organized,’ or ‘What a great idea!’ I keep multiples of the same value coupon in the same slot and keep them in date order so they're easy to clean out when they expire each month. I just cleaned out my expireds for the first time and restocked with new coupons, and it was a breeze. I highly recommend this method for everyone, especially if you have kids who love to throw your coupon box out of the cart and send your coupons flying in the wind! Thanks to all my fellow RMCers for your inspiration!" Kelly G. Burgess, VA

N "When the Office Depot $20 coupon was around a few months ago, I bought a sturdy binder (no zipper) that has an elastic cord for closing and securing and baseball card type sheets.. I spent $20 to the penny (isn't that funny?). It took me 10 hours to transfer from my coupon box to the binder system. I love my binder now, though sometimes the trimming of the coupons wears me out! It makes my life so much easier when I go to the store to peruse through and see what coupons I do have. Allows for easy disposal of expired coupons too. This was definitely one of the better reorganization ideas I have received. Thanks to Laura in Chattanooga for it!" Michele, TN

N "I use a binder system that I downloaded off the Internet called ‘Cash In.’ It no longer exists, unfortunately. I don't remember how long it took to set up. I purchased a large binder at a yard sale and baseball card sheets from Office Depot. I used labels to number the sleeves. It is now much easier to use coupons before they expire and know exactly how many of each coupon you have. I have gotten so many free items and products for pennies during double and triple coupon days that I feel this system is really great! It takes about maybe an hour a week to enter the coupons and take out the expireds. The one drawback is carrying the large binder into the store!" Hazel Moffatt, IN