Take a deep breath... this is a process, you don't suddenly wake up and have it all figured out... Start with one store, one you know well, look at the sales and what you would normally buy... anything work for you? Cool. Got any coupons? Even cooler. There, that's a babystep and a good one. Try nothing more than that for a week.
When you are first starting out, you have to buy whatever you need however you can because you haven't had the opportunity to build up any stockpile. I have been working on learning since May and this is the first week for me that I'm not even making my regular shopping list... I'm kind of stocked on key items so for the first time I can focus on capitalizing on big sales - I bought enough chicken breasts for a couple of months. I also had a fun surprise when Walgreens clearanced dh's favorite TAZO tea... I had a couple of bucks extra to buy every box I could lay my hands on.
I started organizing by grouping like coupons in envelope (pet, canned, dairy, meat, etc) but quickly found I preferred a binder.
Several months into this, I find I usually hit two groceries once a week each (one doubles, one has vastly better pricing) and usually go to CVS twice. Last week, because I was learning, I also hit Walgreens (often referred to as WAGs). I wasn't as successful there because I've never tried to work their register rewards before but I kept trying because I had a profitable combo so it was a good deal to practice on.
I'm a relative newbie and you will get more experienced and thorough advice but this is decent place to start...
Last edited by Felix; 08-29-2011 at 03:38 PM.
9/11 $1.50/1 Starbucks
9/11 $.50/1 Mahatma Rice
9/11 $3.00/1 Huggies
8/28 .50/1 Mt. Olive
8/28 $1/1 Eckrich sausage
8/28 $1/3 poptarts
8/21 $1/2 Brachs
8/7 .75/2 Nabisco
Crystal Light singles
Any Stouffers frozen meals
Boston Conditioning Sol.
Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Lays etc, no Pringles