The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half

Monday, January 04, 2010
By Sara Moore
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Keep your New Year’s resolution to stay on track with your finances by learning how to save on your grocery bills. Stephanie Nelson, creator of CouponMom.com, is out with a new book The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half to show us how we can save big. Here are some money saving tips from her book.

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Pick a Day to Shop
Pick one day a week to shop. This will help you make a comprehensive shopping list to plan your week’s meals and snacks carefully. By planning ahead, you will save time and money by not taking unnecessary shopping trips mid-week.

Compare Prices
Compare prices for your common items at a few nearby stores and cherry-pick the deals if necessary. Nelson finds the lowest prices on fresh produce and pantry basics at local discount stores and buys the rest of her week’s groceries at a typical supermarket using sales, loss leaders, “Buy one, get one free” offers and doubled coupons.

Find the Best Sales
Study the stores’ sales circulars and use online resources like CouponMom.com to find the best sales. The free service does the work of finding coupons and deals for shoppers by listing grocery bargains at 41 retailers in 50 states.

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Stock Up
Stock up on your common items when they are at rock-bottom prices. By getting a few weeks’ supply of an item, you will have enough on hand until the next sale. Getting in the cycle of stocking up in this way will get you out of the cycle of paying full price for anything.

Maximize Your Coupon Inventory
Buy multiple copies of the Sunday newspaper during high coupon weeks, watch for coupon displays in the store, pay attention to your register receipt coupons, use electronic coupons at grocery store websites and even email the customer service contact at manufacturers’ websites to request coupons for their products.

Sign up for Loyalty Cards
Sign up for your stores’ loyalty cards and provide complete mailing and email information. You may be sent coupons for products you buy regularly.

The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half is currently available in book stores.


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