Mom Approved (and Tested)
There are plenty of sites on the internet that will give you all sorts of advice about how to save money. From complicated and savvy investment tips to the standard "clip coupons and turn those lights off when you're not in the room" pointers, you might find a craving for something a little more specific.
Don't be afraid to visit those "money-saving mom" sites that have cropped up like weeds. (In fact, you might want to try moneysavingmom.com, momsavesmoney.net or mommysavers.com.) While the sites offer tips like how to cut down on your dryer use in the winter, they also offer a frugal parent's dream: a succinct, clear list of what the best deals are on the internet this week. Instead of opening seven windows on your browser to frantically check prices against one another, these sites will do that work for you.
Another fun bonus is that they'll post free samples or deals offered on the internet, so you can try out a new product (or just get something you already love) for free. Sites like moolasavingmom.com also will post savings and coupons at specific grocery or drug stores, as well as offering couponing tools to organize yourself.
We have a lot more to find out about coupons later (like are they really worth it if you don't have the time to be extreme about it?). But first, let's see take a trip bulk shopping and see how it can help -- or hurt -- the family's bank account.