DIY Beginner's Coupon Book

You gotta start somewhere, right?

I'm not big on coupon clipping, but I have a lot of friends and family that are and get major savings as a result. For me, collecting coupons can be overwhelming because the first thing that usually comes to mind is the television show Extreme Couponing. Don't get me wrong, I find the art of clipping coupons fascinating but I don't have the time or patience to do it at that level. Shoot, I'm still trying to remember to grab the coupons before I go to the store.

I decided to start small with the coupons that randomly get mailed to us just because. Why wouldn't we take advantage of them, especially when companies go out of their way to send us savings. Any time I decide to do anything, there is usually a do-it-yourself project involved. Like I said before, my starting point is putting all of the coupons in one place so I can at least remember to take them with me. So, my couponing book is quite simple. I'm using an old photo album that holds 48 pictures to contain my coupons and used brightly colored post-it notes and washi tape to decorate the cover and pages.

Since the photo book has so many pages, I decided to break them down into categories to make it easier to find what I need while I'm shopping. I've been using this method for the past 2 weeks and not only remembered to take the book with me but actually saved a bit of money in the process.

I created categories with washi tape and wrote the categories in with a sharpie marker. I love using washi tape because it's extremely easy to move with over leaving a sticky mess behind. Please customize this project to your needs. I promise I won't feel bad if you don't use this exact method.

Hopefully this inspires you and helps you realize couponing doesn't have to be a huge ordeal. My next step is to get the coupons from the Sunday paper, so if you have any other tips on getting started, let me know below!

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