Shows like Extreme Couponing can make some think, "why would I coupon & take so much time away from my family?" Well, it doesn't take as much time as what the show portrays. I don't know about you, but I don't have 60 hrs in a week to devote to couponing & wouldn't want to. My family is important to me & I do my coupon clipping or posts after they go to bed. Even then I don't spend hours on end doing it either. The matchups do take a bit, but it's a stress reliever for me. I haven't been able to post b/c of my daughter's health concerns. Now that she is better I will be able to start posting some matchups again & links to other matchups.
So here are a few tips to get you started:
#1 If you prefer not to spend time clipping your whole booklet of coupons, then don't. I keep mine in an expandable folder & marked with the date of the paper. Then, organize by sections. Smartsource, GM, Redplum, P&G, printables
#2 Find a website or blog that posts matchups & tell you which coupon booklet to find your coupon in. Then, just clip that coupon.
#3 Use your coupons as your shopping list. If there is an item you don't have a coupon for then write on small piece of paper or put note in your phone.
#4 Email or mail manufacturer's of products you buy. Most will send you coupons in the mail or ones you can print to use. (Bar-S for example sent me 5 $1 off coupons & then a $5 off coupon for $5 worth of their products, I saved these to use when their items were on sale for $1 & so went home with FREE bologna & hot dogs)
#5 Look over your sale ads. If you are a meat eater, then find your meat on sale & plan a menu around that meat item. Same for vegetarians, find your product on sale & plan your menu around that.