$250.00 is easily spent in the store. I would at all costs avoid the "club" stores and the urge to buy in bulk. I would take my coupons and any I could locate on ebay or www.thecouponclippers.com and use them at the local stores that double and triple coupons. I would rather have 5 one pound boxes of rice than one 5 lb. box of rice. Today, I bought, 4 boxes of oatmeal, 2 boxes cereal bars, 2 boxes pop tarts, 4 bottles soy sauce, 4 bottle Frank's hot sauce, 4 cans green beans, 4 Glade candles, and 4 boxes of cake mix for $6.09. I get my coupons from the paper and family and friends who don't use them, but they can be found at the sights listed above. Those are coupon clipping services and don't charge for the coupons--that's not legal--but give you the coupons and charge for clipping and shipping them to you. Many people shop at Sam's and Costco but I find that the huge boxes of cereal go to waste because we tire of one kind but when I coupon I can buy 2 or 3 different kinds and though there is some work involved I save a lot of money.