I know I have at least a couple of readers that are new to couponing and I remember how overwhelming it was when I first started. There is so much to learn and so many rules to keep straight.
Well, I came across a post that Sharpen Your Scissors did that might answer a few of the questions that you have. Check it out here.
If you still have questions, feel free to leave me a comment or email me. I'll be glad to try to help you out!