A few months ago a good friend of mine expressed some interest in couponing. When I checked in with him about it recently he reported that he was too overwhelmed by the whole process and decided not to try.
Feeling overwhelmed is a common emotion I hear from new couponers. It can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you've watched Extreme Couponing because that level of couponing is a full-time job.
To borrow an analogy from Dave Ramsey - you don't start out skiing on Aspen Mountain. You start on the bunny slope. You're not going to be an expert right away and that's ok - just don't give up.
You can't start extreme couponing on your first day. Start by collecting 4 sets of coupons every week and organizing them. After a few weeks of collecting coupons, pick ONE store to start with. Learn their coupon policies and find a good sales/coupon matchup site for that store online. Stick with that one store while you build your coupons and your confidence.
Couponing is not hard, folks! You can do it! Just start out small and give it a try.