One of the things I talk about a lot in my coupon classes is the value of minimizing your effort while maximizing your savings. One the of the ways to do that is to make sure you're NOT duplicating work that someone else has already done! There are so many resources on the web right now that do just about everything for you that you can imagine! Here are a few of my favorites that I would highly recommend subscribing to (meaning: get email updates from them). This will keep you from spending hours scouring the internet for good deals. Just look to these sites and they'll tell you where to go!
Hip2save.com - this is your all-in-one site. Need to buy your favorite shampoo and want to know if there is a printable coupon out there somewhere? Use hip2save's coupon database! Want to know what "Freebies" you can score? They have an entire section devoted to just that! New to couponing and want to see videos of just how it's done in the store? They have those! Want just basic deal match-ups for all the major stores like Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid? Hip2save (H2S) post those on a weekly basis and then updates throughout the week as applicable! This is such an amazing resource that I normally keep it open on my desktop and just hit refresh throughout the day!
Southernsavers.com - this is a lot like H2S, but just a little more simple. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the scope of information from H2S. There is a very simple "Learn to Coupon" tab that gives you the basics of how it works. There is a coupon database and there are deal match-ups for a lot of the southern stores - including my favorite grocery store: Harris Teeter. I love the shopping list for Harris Teeter that you can create through Southern Savers. It's very well organized, has the links to the printable coupons right on the page, and has a super easy box that you check by every item that you'd like to purchase. I also like that there is a place for you to type in items to the shopping list that maybe aren't on her sale list! Very user-friendly site!
Welovefree.wordpress.com - is an even more scaled-back version of Southern Savers. If you're new to couponing and just want to get your feet wet - this is an excellent place to start. One of the nice things is that since it's a blog, you're not going to see a ton of advertisements - so it's "clutter free". I actually learned just about everything I know about couponing from the writer of this blog! She's proof that it doesn't take a lot of time to get great deals (she's a mother of 5!!!); just good old-fashioned organization and determination. She's not into posting every deal that comes around, just the very best ones! So if you want very straight-forward, no-frills updates on the best deals around - this is definitely the place to go.