I don't usually go over my individual purposes, but I wanted to show you an example of my couponing and shopping strategy.
Each week I go to Southern Savers to make out shopping lists for three stores: Publix, Walgreens, and CVS. Another good site is The Krazy Coupon Lady. Here I can print lists that include the coupon matchups to go with each item.
Then I sit down for about 20-30 minutes to clip the coupons I need. Then I paperclip each stack of coupons to the corresponding list. I keep the lists in my car, so I can run by the store at my convenience.
Today I stopped at CVS on my way home from dropping DD off at school. You must have a CVS card to take advantage of their sales. You can sign up online or in the stores.
When I entered the store I went to the coupon machine and scanned my card. It printed out three coupons, one which matched some of the items I was purchasing today. That meant I had both a manufacturers coupon and a store coupon for those items. Yay, extra savings.
Then I shopped for the items on my list. All of them were marked down and I had coupons for them. Here is what I ended up with:
I spent $13.38 for these items, plus I received $11.00 in Extra Bucks coupons, which means I actually spent $2.38 for these products. Remember that even if an item isn't something that you may use, you can be sure that the local shelter will be happy to have it.