I always thought couponing sounded like an interesting way to save money, but I've also pictured it taking tons of time. Recently I read the Krazy Coupon Lady's book and spent some time on her blog. I've created and started filling my coupon binder. I've ordered 2 Sunday paper subscriptions (which is all I could afford to pay for upfront). I figure if the coupons are particularly good on a given week, I can pick up a couple of extra copies. I really need to start spending less on groceries and am excited about couponing. I don't plan to purchase tons of junk food, but there are things offered that I do buy, like whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, canned tomatoes, frozen veggies and such. I can't afford to buy a lot of organic items, so I wouldn't be sacrificing there, at least not at this point. I hope to create a small stockpile (maybe 6 months to a year's worth of products). The drug store deals and the "idea" of free or very cheap household products is appealing.
Who has given couponing a legitimate try and what has been your experience? What would you say is the percentage (or $ amount) that you've saved? Do you have any tips to share with a newbie? If you went to different stores, what was your routine and how long would you estimate you spent shopping each week?