The Reluctant Housewife's Guide to Couponing Times are tough. Money is tighter than ever before. Food prices are rising. How is a growing family supposed to balance their needs and their checkbook at the same time? Coupons! That's how! In this simple, easy-to-read guide, the Reluctant Housewife will walk you through 10 simple steps that will help you maximize every dollar you spend at the store with just a few hours of preparation per week. Do you like saving money? Of course you do! We can help. And all for less than the price of a single Sunday newspaper. What have you got to lose? FROM THE INTRODUCTION: About 9 months ago, I quit working. I had been going to school in addition to working full time and I was at the point where I needed to quit and spend the next school year at the local school each day completing my internship part of the program. Normally, transitioning from a working mom to a stay at home mom might not be so difficult but since I was the sole income for our family of 4 and we had next to nothing in the bank, it was quite a leap of faith on our part. How we were able to survive? Coupons. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. I had used coupons twenty years before when I was a starving college student just starting out. Back then it was easy to coupon. All the grocery stores doubled coupons up to $2 and it didn’t take much time or attention to save $20-30 every time I went to the store. But my early couponing days didn’t last long. As soon as I got my student loan money deposited, my couponing days were over.This time around was a little trickier since very few places double coupons anymore but it’s still very easy and very possible for all of us to save hundreds of dollars every month using these tiny pieces of paper! Because we live in a world where there is a reality show about coupons, things are a little more difficult to navigate than in the past. But trust me, keep reading and I promise you I will share the tips and tricks that I wish I had known back in September when we started this adventure. You too can save at least 50% every time you go to the grocery store!