This morning on The Today Show, Jean Chatzky offered tips for finding and using coupons more effectively. If you missed the segment, here's a link: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28110664/
One of the best tips included detailed instructions on stacking coupons - how to combine store sales, store coupons, and manufacturer coupons to pay as little as humanly possible.
What she didn't tell you was where this will work. Unless a store offers its own coupons, it's harder to stack. Fortunately, Target, Tops Friendly Markets, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and other grocery stores and pharmacies do. So look at the stores' websites and join their mailing list to be sure you're receiving all the store coupons they're issuing.
Another tip I loved was to hunt for coupons online before you walk out the door to shop. This is especially helpful at Christmas. If you Google the word "coupon" and the name of the store where you're headed, you may be surprised to find printable coupons you can use to save even more money at the cash register. Or you might discover an online coupon code that makes your trip out in the car unnecessary.