easy child and I have been inviting katie to join us for coupon shopping. Mostly she's put us off.....but then I figured it was most likely because she had no money. I knew she'd just got Alex's disability and I started asking her again. I was just about to give up when she took me up on it today. The girl had no clue how to shop. She doesn't even know how to just compare store ads / prices for the best deal, let alone anything with coupons. I don't think she's ever bothered to even look at a store ad.....at least not in this frame of mind. easy child took her boys and went off and did her shopping so the boys wouldn't distract us. I took katie with me and explained as I picked things up....showed her the coupon, showed her the sale price, and had her do the math. She was astounded you could use coupons with food stamps. She was equally surprised you could use coupons with sale items. I left out coupon stacking because I didn't want to overwhelm her. I explained that my stock pile lets me be picky about what I buy at what price, which gives me more money to buy other things that I need that may not be on sale or I may not have coupons for. I also explained as she acquires a coupon base to work from she will save more and be able to buy more. Thus she helped me do my shopping. She was impressed with my .40 cent hamburger helper and my super cheap Ragu, my free protein bars got her attention, as did my free safeguard soap and 4 bottles of folic acid. Her eyes kept getting bigger and bigger. Moment of truth was at the checkout. I waited to hand the cashier my kroger card because I wanted katie to see the total without the card or coupons. I nearly blew a gasket.....127.00! I had only 80.00 with me. Now katie thought that 127.00 was pretty good.......until the kroger card brought it down 30.00, then coupons brought it down to where the total was only 66.00. It was a much better day to show her than I'd thought it was going to be. I had a whole cart full of food for 66.00. AND they gave me 2.00 toward my next order. Katie nearly fell over. Her mouth hung open. And on the way out to the car she started asking me how to get a sunday paper.........do they sell it all week?.....ahhh no that's why it's a SUNDAY paper.......are the coupons in it all week......uh no only sunday. Her food stamps don't come in until tomorrow. I told her I'd try to get out there to help her shop once I get my latest coupons sorted and see if I have any extras she can use. Oh.......and a real kicker. Alex had a new pair of shoes (iron man) he outgrew. She brought them to see if Darrin could use them. And she picked up Aubrey lion king sheet set because she knew that Aubrey is in love with her mommy's simba and the movie. (yard sale) Did you see that? She gave something back! omg Made me smile. In the almost 3 yrs she was here before she never once gave anything to anyone. Itty bitty baby steps. But a little bit scarey seeing how far she is behind on normal stuff like this.