The first thing I do is visit thekrazycouponlady.com and see what their deals are listed under each store. I usually pay close attention to CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Staples and Stop and Shop since those are the stores I frequent most often. As I go through their lists of the best deals I am writing all of the best deals down in a notebook. If there are any direct links to printable coupons I open them at this time and print them out while I finish reading the rest of the deals.
After I have all of my deals written down, I sort through my coupon binder and find all the coupons that I will need. I clip any printable coupons and add them to my stack. Then I sort them out based on store I will be using them at.
I then separate all my piles into envelopes. I create an envelope for each store and write on the outside of the envelope my plan. An example of what I write on the envelope is:
Buy 8 Palmolive @ 99cents
use (4) $1/2 coupons
Buy 2 Renu @ $7.99
use (2) $2/1 coupons
By writing this on the envelope I am able to not only see what plan is inside the store but I can keep track of what coupons I need to use as I buy items (or what coupons I don't need if the deal is not available).
That's it! Since I am an organizer I like to take an extremely organized approach to saving money. Yesterday the cashier in Rite Aid said that he recognized me as the organized coupon girl....and I'm going to take that as a compliment =)