Introducing the Couponing to Disney Budget Binder

Budget Binder

I am so incredibly excited to introduce the official Couponing to Disney Budget Binder. We have been working hard behind the scenes to design a way for you to get your family on a budget and use that budget to pay for your family’s dream, whatever it may be!

So head over to the Budget Binder page and learn more about this incredible and FREE tool! You can also find a link to the Budget Binder under the Start Saving icon in the toolbar.

Be sure to let me know what you think and how you were able to use this to get your family on the track to Couponing to Disney!



How To Design Your Own Coupon Binder (Plus Printable C2D Cover!)

The most popular way to organize coupons is with a binder. If you are interested in starting your own binder to keep you organized and on track as you Coupon to Disney, here’s what you will need:

A 2 inch binder (I use an Avery 2 Inch Binder)

Currency and Coupon size binder pages (my favorite)

9 Pocket Inserts

Avery Write-On Tabs

And if you are interested, I have a printable binder cover of the above logo. Just print this out and put it in the cover of your binder to keep you inspired to reach your goal.

Choose between these 2 organizing methods:

  • Organize by category (such as diary, canned, condiments, etc)
  • Organize in alphabetical order (Kraft foods in the Ks, General Mills in the G’s etc)

Or you could do like me and combine the 2. I have 9 different categories where I organize all the coupons I know I am going to use no matter what. I then organize the rest in alphabetical order.

My categories are: Baking, Canned, Condiments, Dairy, Frozen Food, Kid’s Foods, Sides, Snacks and Non Foods..



Organize Your Coupons For $1

 

Coupon Organizer

Need to organize your coupons or receipts? Target has just stocked their Dollar Spot with these fabulous 8″ accordion files that are perfect for organizing your couponing supplies! I use one for my receipts, one for my rebates and one for the coupons I plan to use in the store (I have a pocket for Target, a pocket for Walmart and so on). They would also work great for the envelope system!

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(Thanks Totally Target and Kel!)



2013 Coupon Insert Schedule

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Here are the coupons you will find each week in the Sunday paper.

January

  • 01/06/13 – There will be (3) SmartSource, (2) RedPlum and (1) Target.
  • 01/13/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 01/20/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 01/27/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

February

  • 02/03/13 – There will be (2) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 02/10/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 02/17/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 02/24/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) Proctor & Gamble Inserts.

March

  • 03/03/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 03/10/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 03/17/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 03/24/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.
  • 03/31/13 – There are no inserts scheduled due to Easter holiday.

April

  • 04/07/13 – There will be (2) SmartSource, (2) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.
  • 04/14/13 – There will be (1) RedPlum insert.
  • 04/21/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 04/28/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

May

  • 05/05/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 05/12/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 05/19/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 05/26/13 – There will be (1) Proctor & Gamble insert.

June

  • 06/02/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 06/09/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 06/16/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 06/23/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 06/30/13 – There will be (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

July

  • 07/07/13 – There will be (1) Proctor & Gamble insert.
  • 07/14/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 07/21/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 07/28/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (2) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

August

  • 08/04/13 – There will be (2) SmartSource and (2) RedPlum inserts.
  • 08/11/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 08/18/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 08/25/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.

September

  • 09/01/13 – There will be (1) Proctor & Gamble insert.
  • 09/08/13 – There will be (2) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 09/15/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 09/22/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 09/29/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.

October

  • 10/06/13 – There will be (2) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.
  • 10/13/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 10/20/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 10/27/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

November

  • 11/03/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 11/10/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts
  • 11/17/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource insert.
  • 11/24/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource, (1) RedPlum and (1) Proctor & Gamble inserts.

December

  • 12/01/13 – There will be (1) Proctor & Gamble insert.
  • 12/08/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 12/15/13 – There will be (1) SmartSource and (1) RedPlum inserts.
  • 12/22/13 – There are no inserts scheduled due to Christmas holiday.
  • 12/29/13 – There will be (1) Proctor & Gamble insert.

(Thanks Hot Coupon World!)



Getting Started Couponing: Spice and Herb Stockpile Tips

Spices don’t ‘spoil’ like milk or meat, however they do lose their strength over time. Many people advise that you replace your spices every 6 months, but that is a lot of money! Here’s some tips on extending the life of your spices:

  • Store your spices in a cool, dark place
  • Keep containers tightly closed to protect them from moisture and oxidation
  • Consider storing your spices in tins which will protect them from light
  • Direct light fades the color and reduces the quality of your spices. It is better to store them in a cabinet than in a pretty spice rack
  • Don’t store your spices near heat sources (such as your stove, microwave or dishwasher)
  • Write the purchase date of the spice/herb on the container so you’ll know how long you’ve had them
  • Replace the lid on the bottle as soon as you use them.
  • Do not sprinkle over a steaming pot directly from the bottle. The steam will result in caking or loss of flavor.
  • Paprika and Chili Powder should be stored in the fridge. The rest of the spices should not.
  • Freezing does not extend the shelf life but rather may develop condensation which will accelerate loss of flavor and aroma.

If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.



Getting Started Couponing: Ask Schools About Fundraisers

With school back in session, you might want to call your local school’s secretary and ask them what fundraisers they will run this year. I have purchased coupon books, discount cards and even Chickfila coupons from our local high school.

If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.



Getting Started Couponing: Ask About Eligible Discounts

Most couponers know that stores offer a discount for seniors and military, but some stores also offer discounts for teachers, service men, students and more. Always ask the store what kind of discount is offered. You might just save a ton of money!

If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.



Getting Started Couponing: Cashier Profiling

Before I checkout, I always look at the cashiers. I look for someone who is in a good mood. I find cashiers who are in a bad mood tend to take it out on couponers.

If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.



Getting Started Couponing: Delegate Your Budget

If your family is brand loyal, consider delegating your budget. Say your family loves Tide laundry detergent but doesn’t care what kind of cereal you purchase. Use coupons and sales to save as much as possible on the cereal which will leave more money in the budget to validate the purchase of the expensive Tide laundry detergent.

If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series.