Things I use to save money. It take time. Just consider it extra pay to yourself for each dollar you save.
Sunday Coupon Preview blog. I follow this blog. I look at the coupons for the up coming week to see if it's worth getting a weekend paper. My only flaw in this plan is sometimes I forget to get the paper on weekends when the coupons are good. It does save me on those weekend where there is no coupons.
I file my coupons by month. Then review each week with sales ads when item goes on sale or I need the product. I also go to various coupon sites to print coupons from my computer.
I keep a price sheet on items that go on sale frequently and are usually a bigger savings. It's good to know what you're spending. I update every few months in the store, which is writing down the price as I shop. Also, I update after shopping trips. I enter the price from my receipt. It's really helpful when I look at sales ads. I often list things by price per piece, like toilet paper and bar soap. And remember that if you do have a sales ad with a lower price, Wal-mart will match it.
I list the stores that I'm most likely to shop at and are on my way during my normal week. I don't like Meijer, since they don't include all their sales in their ad, although one is really close to me. And for non-grocery items (besides pet food), I pay several dollars more for most items. If their sales ad was more inclusive, it'd be a different story. I may be missing out on deals, oh well. I want to know the deals when I leave my house to shop, not wait and see what each store has to offer. That leads in to...
On weeks I don't get a paper, I go to Shop Local. com. This site has most the ads for my area. I still might have to go to the actual store site sometimes. This site save a lot of time. Only drawback it it isn't in print and if there were coupons in the ad (like Walgreens), then I'm out of luck. It's great to use as a comparison on my price sheet. Then I know whether it is a good price or if I just think it is.