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When I became a new mother in 2006, I decided to leave my teaching career to stay home with my son. Money was tight with the loss of my income, especially as the cost of gas and groceries continued to rise, and my family got hit again in 2008 when the economy tanked. Thats when I began to strategically use coupons and to stockpile products. With practice, I was able to save thousands of dollars on our budget: I could feed my family of three on an average of $130 a month, including organics.