OK...so extreme couponing can be a bit overwhelming to start with but there is tons of help available online. A couple of my favorite sites are: Money Saving Mom, Coupon Divas, I Heart the Mart, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Passion for Savings. They offer tutorials and tips on where to find coupons, coupon terms and abbreviations and weekly store coupon match-ups. From all the things I've read and learned so far...here are my top 5 recommendations.
1. Separate E-Mail Address. Before you do anything online, sign-up for a separate free e-mail account. Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo will work. You will use this account for registering for freebies, product specific coupons, etc.
2. Facebook. I know not everyone is a fan of Facebook, but many companies offer fantastic coupons or samples through their Facebook page. If you don't already, get a Facebook account and then watch your favorite blogs for tips on great savings through Facebook.
3. Printing Coupons. Before printing any coupons online, change your printer's settings to Fast Draft and Print in Grayscale, to save on ink. Also, it doesn't matter if something is printed on the backside of the paper, so re-purpose computer paper that you may have printed an email or something on.
4. Watch for Scams. All coupons I've printed online have been through one of the major printers: Coupons.com, Smart Source, Coupon Network or Red Plum. If you find a coupon from a random source that is just in PDF format, be leery; it could be a fraud.
5. Organize. Organization is the key to successful couponing. I use a coupon binder to organize my coupons and TRY to get all coupons filed right away.