Stash Box Instructions w/ Labels

Organizing your coupons is a key element to making your couponing experience enjoyable. We tried every method (including the baseball-card/ binder coupon organization method) and have found that the “stash box” simply works the best! Easy to organize, sort, and extract coupons!!!

Here are simple directions to make your own ADDICTION STASH BOX!

  • Buy a Plastic Container (This size ranges in price from $3-$5)
  • Buy File Folders (We like the look of Color file folders!) ($6-$8 for a color pack of 24 )
  • Make templates of a left,right, middle tab folder (out of thick cardstock/posterboard) that will fit in your Box
(This size box folder template-6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in)
  • Cut your file folders out, essentially making a smaller file folder!(Cut around the templates you made [left, right, and middle tab])
  • This is what your leftover file folder will look like after being cut!
  • With the left over file folder (after being cut) cut again to make divder tabs (for your file folder)
Here our your divder tabs (for your folder)
  • Last make labels to put on your folder tabs (we use computer made labels for a neater look)($5-$8 for a 300 label pack) we only use 60 labels
Here is an example of how a folder and divider work:
Yogurt (divider) and ect.

Here are the finished results! Ready to go shopping!


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    I love this idea!

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    I second the request for the labels you girls use. Why reinvent the wheel, right?!

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    I third the request for labels!! I know that it can depend on what you prefer to buy, but a general idea would be awesome!! Thanks for all the work you do ladies!!

    P.S. ever get stares carrying your box around?!

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    I converted from an envelope box to your system and Wow what a difference! I love everything about couponing, except the continual “weeding” of expired coupons. Can anyone offer any suggestions? I too have felt a bit uncomfortable carring around my box, but when the total comes up at the registure it’s well worth it!

  5. 5

    Great idea! I’m going to have to make one of these boxes. Do you mind sharing your divider labels??? Thanks!

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    Can I get the lables too?

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    Ok, I used the binder with baseball card dividers. I would put my coupons in categories, like above. Then in each category, I would put the coupons in the baseball sleeves. Same coupons would be put in order (soon to expire…to longer date). Monthly, I would slip in a little piece of red of construction paper on top of the coupon that is to expire within 15 days. This was my “alert” use soon! Green pieces of construction paper would be put on top of coupons that were to expire that month. At the end of the month, if I didn’t use the red/green coupons…I could quickly throw away the expired coupons!! Fast and easy!!
    So, using the binder w/ baseball card dividers works best for finding, sorting, and discarding coupons. It takes some time to set it up…but saves me time. I originally checked out and searched “coupon binders” for help.
    Love this site!!! Someone in line at Meijers told me about this site…and, yes, it is the only one to use!!!

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    Could I get the template for the divider tabs on your site that I could print?

  9. 10

    Great idea! Currently using baseball card system. I can’t keep them in order per expiration date. I’ll give this a shot. Thx for all your work.

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    I love the stash box idea! I found a lunch box on clearance at Meijer that I have been using. It has a hard plastic liner, it zips shut and it even has a shoulder strap! Thanks for the great idea 😀

    Jenison, MI

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      Hello, I’m from Caledonia! is there any coupon type clubs around here? If not, I would like to start one. I have TONS of coupons I obtain and never use. My friends in Ohio do coupon partys with swaps, ideas etc….

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  23. 26

    Can you please post which label headings are the main headings and which subheadings go under each one? I’m having trouble figuring it out.

  24. 27

    I looked all over and can’t seem to find a container with a handle. Where did you get your containers? Thanks!

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    Where did you find the stash boxes??

  26. 30

    This looks like the best set up for coupons I’ve seen yet! I will be trying this!

  27. 31

    I bought a coupon organizer (about $2-3) that fits in my purse (about 3×4 inches big). It has tabs built into it, which you can choose to organize by date or alphabetically.
    I have a few methods that I use to make my trip faster and easier (less digging).
    What I do is clip only the coupons I need. I often end up going to a couple of stores. If I have to print coupons from or, etc. I will staple the store coupon sheet to the printed shopping list for that store, then paperclip the manufacturer coupon to the coordinating store coupon. Take those lists and stick them in a clipboard(easier to cross things off with a pen). That way I don’t have to dig for those ones at all; plus, I won’t forget to combine them! The rest that don’t have a coordinating store coupon will be placed in the coupon organizer alphabetically by their category a.k.a dairy, meat, produce, cleaners, etc. whatever makes the most sense for your mind (everyone operates a little different).
    Just get a clipboard and a coupon organizer. In my personal opinion, this system is much easier and saves you the time (and money) of customizing folder sizes and a Rubbermaid tote.
    I can, however, agree that the coupon stash box will probably also save you time in the store (not that I’ve tried it). Those of you who worry about getting stared at…Just leave the box sitting in the front of your cart, and no one will notice… In any case, it’s probably not near as bad as the ones I used to get for fumbling around with piles of coupons and lists in the store, then pouting all the way home, because I forgot about several of the deals! I can just feel the upper-middle class thinking to themselves, “I’m so glad I’m not one of THOSE silly couponing women.” What they don’t realize is, that was temporary, and now I save more than 50% off my grocery bill! Haha!
    Happy couponing everyone!

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    I have tried every method of sorting and keeping my coupons organized without much luck. When I saw this STASH BOX it seemed like the best idea so far…and it has been! I found a box with a tight lid which holds many of the cut down folders in coupons and its so easy to look through and take into the store. Thank you for this suggestion!

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    I made a stash box! Love it…thanks for the idea! :) Do you cut out all of the coupons every Sunday and organize them then? I have been saving the entire coupon inserts, writing the dates on them, and storing them in a small plastic tub. It’s easy to find them when I read coupon sites, but very impractical for bringing to the store (and I find extra deals and want the coupons with me!) I think I’m ultimately afraid that if I cut all those coupons out, I will end up with chaos.

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      SavingAddiction says:

      We cut all the coupons! Wouldn’t have it any other way! Especially for all those clearance finds!!

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    I use the baseball binder method–works great–easy to organize. The only thing that scares me about your method, is if the box dumped out and accidentally spilled–everything would fall out–big time mess and a lot of work. =P

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      SavingAddiction says:

      There’s so many coupons in my stash box, you could literally flip it over and nothing would fall out.

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    On average, how many coupons will the “stash box” carry? Is it over 300? I am just starting to coupon and was looking through SS for this week (4/29/2012) and there is a cute looking organizer that holds 300 coupons for $9.99. Would this be as good as the “stash box?”

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    Patrice says:

    This is just what I needed! Thank you so much!

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    teresa gradolf says:

    I love new ideas ,

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    Christina L. says:

    I can’t get access to the label list. Says I have to purchase a subscription to Adobe something-er-other. Any ideas? Do you have a new link?

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