The initial reaction I had regarding couponing was it sounded a lot like those math word problems I hated when I was a kid. I still hate math and it's word problems, but couponing is just plain smart, so I sucked it up and started reading the math problem . . . a few times. The money I save at the register is my payoff for all the math!
Maybe you love math and word problems were your favourite. You would love to save some cash, but you simply don't want to spend time clipping and sorting. There are several sources of electronic coupons now. You can download Cellfire coupons onto your Kroger Plus Card, Target has printable coupons now, as does Kmart and many other stores. Other printable coupon sources are Coupons.com and RedPlum. There are coupon clipping sites like The Coupon Clippers; they clip the coupons and for a small fee you can order and have them mailed to you. There are other sites out there where you can print coupons AND redeem points like MyPoints, Cool Savings, and A Full Cup to name a few.
A great magazine for coupons is All You. You can pick a copy up at Walmart or you can get a year's subscription here for $15.00, plus get a free year's subscription of All You's Guide to Health and Fitness when you order All You on Amazon. Offer good while supplies last.
There are couponing workshops you can attend, on-line or in person, which teach you the "ways of the coupon". Becentsable has a couple fantastic workshop and educator programs. The cost of the workshop pays off in your first grocery store trip. If you are looking for some extra income, learn to save with the workshop or even become an educator for your area.
I post weekly ads and coupon match-ups for many of the stores in the Atlanta area. If you don't see your store in my weekly ads, let me know and I will start posting it for you. If you need a store in another area or have friends spread out across the U.S., check out the Becentsable Store Gathering where you can find a store ad/coupon match-up for virtually every grocery store chain, Walmart, Kmart, and pharmacy across the country. You just click on your state, then your store. Usually you will find several bloggers who contribute to their gathering per store- find a couple you like and follow them.
To help keep your coupons organized I would suggest what was recommended to me - The Couponizer! I love mine and you will never catch me running around town without it. It not only stores your clipped and printed coupons for grocery stores, but has storage pages for restaurant, entertainment, and retail coupons. It is a well organized systematic keeper of all those little pieces of paper.
Coupon Mom has a good system to keep your Sunday Paper inserts orgazined. This makes it very easy to pull out the specific insert for a specific date and clip the matching coupons if you are keeping up with the store ad and coupon match-up's we do.
Combine these efforts and you will set fear in the eyes of cashier's everywhere and save quite a bit of money for you and your family as well :-)
Good Luck and Happy Saving!