1. Find a local online blogger who does deals for your area. That is the easiest way to find the deals. I keep my coupons inserts mostly intact in date order. (They have dates on the spine on the outside in small print.)
2. Get people to save their coupons for you, friends, family, church members, etc.
3. Start or join a coupon swapping group online or in person. The best way to coupon is to find the deals and then make sure you can stock up a bit with extra coupons.
4. Know what food you want to provide for others... Look at what a typical food pantry provides... cereal, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, pasta, etc. Then try and find coupons and deals mainly on those items.
5. Lastly track your spending, so you don't get too hooked on getting a good deal to where you buy stuff you don't need. (Now buying stuff you don't need due to overage is less of a problem, especially if you have somewhere to donate it or someone to give it to.)
Have questions, let me know. I do local coupon matchups for Waukesha, WI so may be able to help. I am not an expert, but I do coupon regularly and deal hunt.
Edited by: SKIRNIR at: 2/18/2012 (10:57)
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
| current weight: 7.3 over