Step #1) I clean out my fridge and pantry. This allows me to get rid of any expired food and take stock of items that are low. (I do it Friday after school. This helps me unwind and prepare for the weekend.)
Step #2) Make a list. My husband makes one, too. (His is due to me by 9:00 p.m. on Friday.)
Step #3) Check the grocery ads for items on your list. You can go through each ad or check one of the websites that has already checked them. I like the following sites:
I <3 the Mart - Paul Ivanovsky publishes this blog. He shops at the same Wal-Mart that I do. In fact, I've bumped into him a couple of times while shopping. I recommend signing up for his emails.
Coupon Diva - When I have time or when I didn't receive a certain grocery circular, I check here.
This is the beginning of this week's list.
Step #4) Make a second list of your ad matches.
Step #6) Code your grocery list. I mark items that I have an ad match with a boxed in AD and items that I have a coupon for with a circled C.
Step #7) Shop at Wal-Mart. As I shop, I put the ad match items in the upper part of the cart, then when I check out, I put them at the back of the conveyor belt. There are certain checkers that are better at dealing with ad matches. (A special shout out to Liz! She has told me about ad matches on items that I missed.)
Step #8) As I shop, I circle the items on my ad match list that I ad to my cart and write down the Wal-Mart price. When I check out, I have my ad match list ready. I, also, quickly go through my coupons and make sure I bought every item.
Step #10) Collect coupons. I buy a Sunday newspaper and print coupons from Coupons.com or from the Wal-Mart site. Click the links below. I keep them in an organizer by category. If I have time, I organize them by date. I keep all of the coupons that I don't cut out in a files. Occasionally, I find one that I need later, but it is rare.
Wal-Mart coupons (run by coupons.com)
This is the way I coupon. I know there are others, who do it better and maybe even more efficiently. However, this is what fits into my schedule. It has become my weekly routine.