Category Labeling List for Organizing Coupons and Refunds

Labeling Helps Keep the Coupon and Refund Clutter Under Control

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Organizing coupons can be a simple project or it can be very detailed, depending on individual goals. One step in organizing coupons that most couponers do not skip is creating a labeling system so that when they get into the stores they can quickly get to the coupons that they want to use.

The labeling list can be simple, with only major categories separating the coupons, or complicated with major categories and subcategories.

Two-System Method, Pros and Cons

Many couponers use two systems to keep coupons organized. One is the major coupon organizer that they keep at home and another smaller, more manageable organizer, that they take to the stores. Generally, the organizer that is kept at home is fairly detailed with a lot of subcategories, while the one that they take to the store is a simpler system with mostly major categories and some primary subcategories.

Some couponers find the two-system coupon organizing method as a waste of time and a lot of double work, while others find that using a less cumbersome system at the stores helps them actually use more coupons because they remember the coupons that they have because they just transferred them into the smaller, more transferable organizer. Either way, it is a matter of individual preference. Also, what works today, may not be as efficient tomorrow.

Primary Category List

  • Baby

  • Baking

  • Beverages

  • Breads

  • Breakfast

  • Canned and Jarred Food

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Condiments

  • Dairy

  • Dried Goods

  • Fresh Food

  • Frozen Food

  • Household Products

  • Laundry Supplies

  • Medicine

  • Paper Products

  • Personal Care Products

  • Pets

  • Snacks

  • Miscellaneous

Subcategory List

(In alphabetical order by category and then subcategory.)


  •   Baby food
  •   Bathing
  •   Diapers
  •   Formula
  •   Medicine Cabinet
  •   Wipes
  •   Miscellaneous


  • Bread Mixes
  • Cookie, Cake Mixes
  • Canned, Dry Milk
  • Chocolate Squares
  • Flour, Sugar
  • Frosting
  • Muffin Mixes
  • Oil, Cooking Spray
  • Spices
  • Yeast, Baking Powder, Baking Soda
  • Miscellaneous


  • Coffee, Tea
  • Juice
  • Sodas
  • Water
  • Miscellaneous


  • Bagels
  • Donuts
  • English muffins
  • Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Tortillas
  • Miscellaneous


  • Breakfast Bars
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal, Grits
  • Pancake Mix, Syrup
  • Miscellaneous

Canned and Jarred Food

  • Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sauces
  • Soup, Broth
  • Tomatoes
  • Tuna, Crab, Shrimp
  • Vegetables
  • Miscellaneous

Cleaning Supplies

  • Air Fresheners
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Floor Care, Mops
  • General Cleaners
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Miscellaneous


  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise
  • Pickles, Olives
  • Salad Dressing
  • Steak Sauce, Marinades
  • Vinegar
  • Miscellaneous

Dairy, Refrigerated

  • Breads, Cookies
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk, Cream, Creamer
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Miscellaneous

Dried Foods

  • Beans
  • Instant Dried Foods
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Taco Shells
  • Miscellaneous

Foods, Refrigerated

  • Lunchables
  • Hot Dogs
  • Packaged Meat

Fresh Foods

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Meats
  • Seafood

Frozen Food

  • Bread
  • Breakfast
  • Desserts
  • Dinners
  • Fruits
  • Ice Cream
  • Juice
  • Meats
  • Pizza
  • Vegetables
  • Miscellaneous

Household Products

  • Batteries
  • Filters
  • Food Bags, Wraps
  • Light Bulbs
  • Office & School Supplies
  • Trash Bags
  • Miscellaneous

Laundry Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Fabric Softener
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Stain Removers
  • Miscellaneous

Medicine Cabinet

  • First Aid, Band-Aids
  • OTC Medicines
  • Vitamins, Supplements
  • Miscellaneous

Paper Products

  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Plates, Utensils
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Miscellaneous

Personal Care Products

  • Body Wash, Soaps, Soaks
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental
  • Deodorant
  • Facial Care
  • Hair Care
  • Pads, Tampons
  • Razors, Refills
  • Shaving Creams
  • Miscellaneous


  • Food
  • Litter
  • Treats
  • Miscellaneous


  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Nuts, Popcorn


  • Canning Supplies
  • Greeting Cards
  • Rebates

Final Note: Determining What Works Best

A good way to determine if your current system is working is by taking a look at how many expired coupons you toss out. If you have a lot, it is a good indication that it may be time to revise your system. Unless you are into trading coupons, then clipping and organizing tons of coupons each week, on the chance that you might use it, could result in a lot of unproductive time and might lead to couponing burnout.

A good look at the coupons that you are actually using can help you come up with a labeling list that works best for you.

For example, if more personal care coupons are being redeemed than any other category, then breaking that category into more top-level categories (personal care-dental, personal care-hair care) could prove to be useful. On the other hand if few baking coupons are being redeemed, then dropping some of the subcategories under baking would make sense.

Again, feel free to tweak away! It all comes down to personal preference.

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