I've had a few of you ask over the past couple weeks how to do the coupon thing or how to save money without all the coupons. I've been meaning to respond to these questions for about a week now, sorry for the delay! ...but it worked out well for me because my friend Kiki just posted a great post on her blog talking about how to effectively use coupons. She highlights 2 great sites you can subscribe to that will help you know what coupons to use on what items and when the best time to use them is. Definitely check it out!
I also want to highlight another option that I've recently found out about and have been very pleased with... A Full Cup. They have great links, for example: explaining how to use coupons, sales lists by store (Fry's, Safeway, CVS, Target, Walmart, etc.), printable coupons (including coupons for Target!), and much more ... and the best thing is, it's FREE to use!
Back to specific questions...
How do I use coupons? Again, see Kiki's blog, because that is pretty much what I do to! I receive the Sunday paper (for a special price of $1/week) for most of the coupons and then I add to those with online sites that let you print coupons for free (smartsource, Fry's, coupons.com, etc.) or let you download them to your stores saver card, like your Fry's VIP card, (cellfire, P&Gesaver, shortcuts.com etc.).
What if I don't want to use coupons? SHOP SALES! Especially meat, bread, and other things that you can freeze for later use. Also, stock up on your favorite toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, canned items, etc. when they are on sale. Another way to save is to buy store brands...with coupons name brand items can be way cheaper, but without coupons store brand items are a great way to save some money!
I hope this helps. If you have any other questions let me know. :)