Allright........here we go.
On Sunday, I would go out and get several papers. Usually I would get a Huntsville Times ( sometimes 2 of them ) for $2 each, and several News Couriers ( usually 4 ) for $1 each. I'd usually spend between $5-$8 on my papers. The HT paper has a TON of sales papers in them, while the NC has only coupons ( HT has coupons too ).
Then I would organize each booklet of coupons together, so that way I could get them organized faster, and cut out faster, and in my binder. ONE RULE OF COUPONING: DO NOT BE PICKY!!!!!!! EXAMPLE: I love me some Tide with Gain, but its never on sale. I never see any coupons for it either, But I see coupons for All and Purex and so many others. As long as it gets mine and DD's clothes clean, that's all that matters.
Once you have all your coupons organized, get a note pad ( preferably full sheet ) and a pen ( or pencil because you WILL be doing some erasing ). Then, go through each sales paper ( in the HT there are usually 8 sales papers ) and find the items that you have coupons for. Write them down. BUT IF YOU FIND A LOWER PRICE AT ANOTHER STORE, ERASE OR MARK THROUGH THE PREVIOUS PRICE AND WRITE THE NEWER, CHEAPER PRICE DOWN, EVEN IF IT'S CHEAPER BY JUST A FEW CENTS.
Once you have all that done, make you an itemized list of how many of each thing you are going to get ( ie 15 2 liters of soda, or 30 bottles of shampoo and conditioner ). When you write this down, BE SPECIFIC. WRITE DOWN THE BRAND AND ALL INFO ABOUT THE PRODUCT.
Once you have that done, check your rules and regulations paper that the store gave you. You might have to work your list out into a couple different transactions ( I do ) but it's not hard at all. Just abide by the RandR, and you'll be fine.
When you get to the store, IGNORE PEOPLE. THEY WILL STARE. Believe me, people WILL come up to you and ask you what you are doing. I mean honestly......if you saw a woman getting 40 something bottles of shampoo and conditioner, wouldn't you think something was going on too? Just ignore them. Now, I go to Wal-Mart because they price match. I don't know about other stores, but mine has little orange and beige stickers on the registers that say you don't have to bring in the ad's for the papers. I do just to be safe. When you get up to the register, organize your items. Put all of the same item for the first transaction, then the second item, then the third, and so on until you finish the first transaction. MAKE SURE TO TELL YOUR CASHIER ( if you use Wal-Mart ) THAT ALL OF YOUR STUFF IS PRICE MATCHED OR THEY WILL BEGIN SCANNING IMMEDIATELY!!!
WATCH YOUR SCREENS!!!!!!!!!!! WATCH YOUR SCREENS!!!!!!!!!!!! AND WATCH YOUR SCREENS!!!!!!!!!!!
Once the cashier gets done with your items, and totals out the register, give him/her your coupons, and watch the total drop quick!!!!!! Do the same thing for your other transactions as you did the first one. ALWAYS TRY AND MAKE YOUR FIRST ORDER THE BIGGEST. It's just easier for you and the cashier that way.
Now......if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will try to get to you ask quickly as I can ( depending on how big this post gets ).
I hope this helps some of you out!!!!!