I find manually collecting fonts to be a tedious, detail oriented job, is there a plug in or script or something that has thumbs up to do this tedious job for me?
Illustrator doesn't have an analog to InDesign's Package feature, so collecting (packaging) the fonts used in a document has to be done by scripting. There is a packaging script written for AI CS2 that will work at least as far as CS4 (single art board), which might do the trick. Otherwise, your best bet would be to ask on the Adobe Illustrator Scripting forum if anyone has a script that will do what you want. Scripters being incredibly helpful folks, even if there's no existing script the chances are that someone, or more than one, will write one for you and post it.
Markzware FlightCheck will do that for Illustrator, Photoshop and many other file formats. Here is a video of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxcemY1w-0s It will collect all placed or used fonts, images and art-work. Very handy.
Note - I represent Markzware, the makers of FlightCheck.