I wish I had known there was a better or different way to shop when my kids were small. I never looked at prices, or planned menus before this. I would go to the store and throw whatever struck my fancy at the moment in the cart and never looked at sale ads or prices and a lot of what I bought ended up in the trash because it went bad. I have over the years tried using coupons but saved only a few cents and figured my time was worth more than I saved. If something was on sale I might buy 2 of it but it never occurred to me to buy more than that because "we didn't need it". I think I would start by explaining that you can save 25-50% without even clipping a coupon by buying multiples when they are on sale. Add coupons to the mix and it's the cherry on top of a sale. I would also stress that just because something is on sale and you have a coupon doesn't mean you should buy it. If something is .25 then that's .25 wasted if your family won't use it. I think that starting with H&B is the easiest way to start a stockpile, so I would go over at least one drugstore in your area. I would have loved to have that information because I get sick thinking of all that money I wasted on toothpaste.
***Powerade buy 10 get 5 free**** tearpad
gatorade, powerade, smart water, vitamin water (singles only no multipacks)
Coke 2L, 12 or 24 pk only (NO DIET)
Plain Tuna any brand (no flavored or salads please)