it’s the little things – day 2

Jun 5

it’s day 2 of the little things week. if you missed day 1 or are wondering what i am doing around here this week, you can find it detailed right here. πŸ™‚
i have 2 great little things to share with you today!
since tuesday’s are generally the day that i share my coupon shopping results (see this morning’s earlier post), i thought this first little thing would be fitting. i was having a small, but annoying, issue inside my coupon binder…

i have an accordion file section in the front of the binder dedicated to stores i frequent and other general store/restaurant/online coupons. inside the individual plastic file pockets, i have store ads and coupons for the stores i shop at most often…

the issue was found inside the target and kroger file pockets…

when you print target coupons from their website, they print out larger than the average size coupon you would find in the sunday paper…

and they are too big to fit inside my standard coupon binder sheets…

same goes for some of my kroger coupons…

again, too big to fit!…

since i am a visual person, i like to have a clean and organized looking coupon binder. i don’t like to fold the coupons over and stuff them inside an opening that is too small. and i also don’t want to spend extra time precisely trimming the coupons in order for them to fit.

but the bigger issue was that i was starting to miss a few coupon stacking opportunities. i knew if i could get those larger coupons organized in a better way, i could save even more money…especially at target :-).

last week i found these larger sized coupon sheets at staples…

they are only $3.99 a pack (i grabbed 2 of them) and are the perfect size for target coupons…with room to spare!…

now that i had the coupon sheet issue solved, i added simple post-it flags that i already had on hand…

for example, after my “lotions” category in my coupon binder, i added a sheet of target “lotion” coupons…and just labeled it “target”…

that way i can now easily see if there are any coupons that can be stacked together within that category…

another example in the “diapers” category…

here is the sheet of manufacturer coupons in the front…

and directly behind that is the sheet of target diaper coupons…

and i did the same thing with those kroger coupons, too. by the way, those kroger coupons arrive in all sorts of sizes (???)…

so nice having that little issue solved.

moving on, as i was working on my coupon binder, i found several empty sheets that could be pulled out…

then i got to thinking – which can sometimes be scary, but this time i was pretty happy i put my mind to work. because i ended up solving a little issue i wasn’t even planning to solve. πŸ™‚

my button issue…

this is a collection of buttons i have received when purchasing an item of clothing. you know, the buttons that come attached to a cute shirt, sweater, pants, and the like…

i had been keeping them in a big ziploc baggie in the bathroom. inside the baggie was also a few extra swimsuit straps…

extra yarn…

and a couple random buttons…

so, i grabbed an empty binder from the office closet…

added a few coupon sheets, and then added my buttons…a perfect fit!…

organized buttons!…

coupon sheet protectors put to a new use…

i also had the perfect little sewing kit that fit nicely inside one of the pockets…

the binder found its home inside my cabinet in the master closet…

i love organized buttons – who knew?
i’m sure many of you creative gals can take this button idea and run with it…like adding cute labels, etc. but i’m pretty happy with the end result of my simple binder.
hope you enjoyed my 2 little things today! if you would like to know more about my easy coupon organization process, be sure to click the link of the top bar of the blog!

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  1. M Mommy to 4 says:

    I love those coupon protectors! I'll have to keep my eyes open for some of those. $3.99 is totally worth my sanity!

    • thank you! i love them too! i have been using the smaller 9 pocket pages forever…so when i saw this larger size, i was super excited!

      yes, the $3.99 is worth the sanity it will give you! πŸ™‚

      samantha

  2. sucia01 says:

    I like the idea of the buttons. I color coordinate mine and put them in a clear sewing box with compartments. That way I can see them all and find them easily.

    I wish I could get into couponing. I lack the patience.

    • hey there!

      thank you! i like the buttons too – was just an idea that popped up out of nowhere, so i ran with it.

      i wish i could help you with the couponing….just takes a little patience. i promise, if you got a taste of the money-savings…you would be hooked! πŸ™‚

      sam

  3. I need to go get me some of those coupon sheets at staples. Thanks for sharing. My coupon binder is due for a cleaning anyways.

  4. I didn't know about the coupon pocket sheets–now I have to go look for some. I have the very same problem with some of the bigger coupons (and Target ones too). Thanks for this post!

    • you're welcome! i didn't know about them either! i was getting ready to rig up a set of coupon holders all my own, but then i found these and almost screamed in the office supply store. lol! it is so great! and while i was putting together my coupon list this morning – i found it to be much easier to find those stacking coupons πŸ™‚ i can't wait to go to target this morning – and hope i don't hear that register beep on me! πŸ™‚

      xo,
      samantha

  5. How2home says:

    WOW……i wish we'd have this type of coupon system in Canada. Our discounts sucks! This is a great way to organize coupons though. Awesome post!

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