What most people don't understand about couponing is that it takes time. In order to be a good steward of your time, you have to use it wisely. You have got to take into account that you have a family, church and community activities, a house and yard that needs managing, plus all the things in life that seem to get in the way.
I don't recommend trying to become extreme in couponing or stocking up on massive amounts of groceries all in one week. Also, don't focus on the bragging rights of other people who coupon. Sure, they may say they paid $2 for $200 of groceries but what they won't tell you is that most of the items they bought they may never use or that it took them 30 hours to develop their shopping plan. If you focus on both of these, you will become mentally drained before you even begin to see results in couponing.
So, take control today of the way you need to shop and save.
1. Make a list of the grocery items you and your family won't budge on. I know this is probably the opposite of what most people will tell you, but I've learned from experience that life is too short to force your family into new eating habits all at once. Next, write down the regular prices for these items. You can either pull out a recent receipt or take the list to the store the next time you go. How do you know that you are saving if you don't really know the price? Now you can pay attention to the coupons that are available and sale prices.
If you need to find a coupon, use an online coupon database, like SouthernSavers and Hip2Save. Jenny and Collin spend a great deal of time keeping the databases on their websites updated. Just search the item, print, trade, etc.
Just take it easy and don't put pressure on yourself. Savvy shopping and saving money is a way of life. You've got to make it a part of your regular routine.