I was going to write all of this information myself, but then I found a wonderful website that explains using coupons and provides shopping strategies for each store. The site is Southern Savers and its creator has set up a site that really does it all.
Southern Savers does provide links to coupon services, but the three big ones are Coupon.com, Redplum and Smart Source. Just Google them, click on the coupons you want, then hit the print coupons button. All of the coupons you selected will print at once, three coupons per page.
Each of these coupon services will ask to place a cookie on your computer. You have to say yes for the coupons to print. If you are not comfortable with this, then stick to the coupon inserts in the paper.
It helps to buy a small paper cutter for coupon cutting. You can stack the pages of coupons you print from a site and cut them all at once; they line up beautifully. Have your children help when you are clipping from paper inserts.
We'll talk about organizing coupons another time.