Although I spend a lot more time making my shopping lists now that I coupon regularly, I enjoy spending the extra time because I end up saving so much!
When I first started couponing I had no idea where to start, I knew i wanted to save money but I wasn't sure how I would manage to save enough to make it work. So I visited The Krazy Coupon Lady website. Low and behold, they do all the work for you over there!
Now, on Saturday or Sunday I usually head over to their website and see what they are going to be shopping for that week by clicking "Deals" and then clicking "Let's Shop". I use their shopping list as a guide, picking and choosing the deals that make sense for me to pick up. Just because something is free doesn't mean you need to get it. Also, just because you don't need something free doesn't mean that you shouldn't pick it up and gift it to someone else.
When I make my lists they usually look something like this:
1 Morton Epsom lotion 8 oz $6
get $6 RR
6 Sharpie Permanent Markers 39 cents each
use ad-in coupon
final price $1.17
2 ziploc bags 20 count $2.50 each
use $1/2 coupons
pay $4 get $1 RR
I make sure that I have a general idea of what I'm getting before I head into the store. I also clip all of the coupons that I plan on using to my list and make sure that I'm ready to go before I walk in the building.
Now, after I do my initial shopping I generally find other deals that I want to complete as the week goes on. I usually find these deals at The Krazy Coupon Lady, or on youtube at CouponToProvide or HipToSave. Those are my favorites to check out right now and they often have a few deals that I hadn't heard of or thought of!
So that's how I make my Couponing Shopping Lists, I hope that it helps you start yours! Next week I will be sharing information about Couponing Apps!