I don’t know anyone “in real life” who coupons the way I do, hunting for the best deals and stockpiling the same way. My friends who know how I shop haven’t really expressed any interest in learning to coupon, and I think that’s totally cool. While I love helping others save money, it’s more important to be true to yourself.
So if clipping coupons, shopping at multiple stores, and hunting down deals is too stressful for you, don’t do it.
I don’t mean you should pay full price for everything, but I do mean you should find a store like Trader Joe’s or Target, which have low-ish every prices, and shop there. Clip coupons for those things you normally buy and when you see them on sale, use your coupons to get a great deal. Shop from a list and avoid impulse purchases.
The key to saving big on shopping is to buy when prices are low, and to not buy more than you need.
You don’t need to buy at the lowest price – you might spend more than a hardcore couponer would, but you’ll still spend less than you would without any strategic planning at all.