I have been researching ways to use coupons at local stores to save money. Thankfully, we are able to get the majority of our groceries from my dad's store where the prices are already cheap. For the remainder of the items I can view weekly sales ads then print out applicable manufacturers coupons. For example one of the items this week is the 32oz coffemate creamer that we buy. Instead of paying 3.29, I will end up paying .49 for it. Anyway, I hope to streamline this system so I will only spend about 5 minutes making my lists online and printing them out. Today it took about 30 minutes because it was the first time. Jim gives me $80 per week for food which includes any eating out. So basically our eating out consists of pizza on Friday's. I hope to reduce our grocery bill by $20 each week.
Something else I am trying to streamline is the clothing system for the kids. I do have a system already in place, but it is very sloppy. I buy most of the kids clothing at yard sales and thrift store bag sales ($10 for a garbage bag full). I purchase a few items for their current sizes, then whatever I can for the next season in larger sizes. I have been just storing them in garbage bags in their closets. This week I cleaned out one of the closets so I can put shelves and baskets to hold their larger clothes. Also, I will have small tubs for each child so I can put away their clothes as they grow out of them. Right now I just clean out their dressers every so often, put them in garbage bags and store them in the attic.