What advice would you give to a mom who wants to start couponing?
My advice for a mom who is wanting to start out using coupon is to go at a slow pace, and educate yourself first. So many people jump into coupons not really knowing a whole lot about them. My #1 advice would be to educate, educate, educate yourself on them. Learn how to read them, use them, store policies. Learn the ropes, learn everything so that when you walk into the store for the first time you will know what you are doing. Learn your store policies because each one will be different. Start with getting at least 2 newspapers, grab yourself an organization system, and organize your coupons. Also instead of making a grocery list of what you, want make a list of things that are on sale and on sale only. See if you are buying items on sale each week you are saving money even if you aren't using coupons. Then you need to start making your weekly meals off what is on sale, for instance if pork is on sale then make meals with pork that week. Each week your menu will be different, never the same. Once you have your list you can now shop and buy whats on sale. Stock up to because if that items is at a great price then buy 2 or 3 of them. That way in 2wks when you need that item you can pull it from your stockpile instead of heading to the grocery store and paying full price. These are just some great tips, I have a lot more but I would focus on educating yourself, and knowing your stores. You will get better at it each time you go, and you will see your savings expanding. Then you will get addicted and realize you were crazy for not starting earlier.