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

We’ve all heard that clipping coupons can save you money, right? But is it really worth it to find the coupons, clip them, and then use them? Really, how much money can you save?

Stephanie Nelson, the founder of couponmom.com, has written a new book called The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half. The book offers money-saving techniques for busy, rookie, and varsity shoppers.

Here’s a bit of information about the book:

A book that pays for itself! The creator of couponmom.com, with 1.6 million subscribers and counting, shares her strategic money-saving techniques for saving big while living well

Americans are hungry for bargains these days, but one woman has developed the ultimate strategy for enjoying a feast of savings. Taking the nation by storm, with appearances ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today and Good Morning America, Stephanie Nelson has shown countless women and men how to save thousands of dollars by becoming savvy coupon clippers-without sacrificing nutrition or quality. Now, in The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, Nelson demonstrates all of the tricks of the trade-beyond coupons and tailor-made for a variety of shopper lifestyles. Whether you’re a “busy” shopper and have only a small amount of time each week to devote to finding the best deal; a “rookie” shopper who is ready to put more effort into cutting bills; or a seasoned “varsity” shopper who is looking for new ways to get the deepest discounts possible, this book offers techniques that will make it easy to save money at any level and on any timetable.

Extending her Strategic Shopping protocols to mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, natural-food stores, drugstores, and other retailers, Nelson proves that value and variety can go hand in hand. With meal- planning tips, recipes, and cost-comparison guides, as well as inspiring real-life stories from the phenomenal Coupon Mom movement, this is a priceless guide to turning the checkout lane into a road of riches.

About the Author
Stephanie Nelson, AKA The Coupon Mom, has been featured widely in the media-from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America to The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal and The Seattle Times. She holds a degree in finance and has worked in marketing at Procter & Gamble and Marriott.

Sounds fabulous, right? After all, we all want to save more money!

My Review of The Coupon Mom’s Guide
I received a copy of The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half to get my opinion of it. I read the entire book cover to cover in one sitting. As a busy mom of 5, with a very modest income, I am desperate to enter the world of couponing and learn how to save money on every trip to the grocery store. I needed to know if it really is worth it to find the coupons (and print them if necessary) and then cut them out, and then actually purchase the items.

I’ve used coupons in the past – here and there. But the problem I was having was that I would buy things that I didn’t really need. (There are always great coupons for cookies and junk food. Have you noticed that?) So, I stopped using coupons altogether, because I was convinced I could never use them the way I see other moms using them.

Then I read the book The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half. I learned a ton of tricks to really help me save money. For example – and while it sounds so simple – I really did notice a difference: Combine coupons with the store’s discount card and watch the savings rack up.

I will tell you that normally, I don’t take a list to the grocery store with me. In fact, I don’t even plan what I’m going to buy. I walk in – usually with 5 kids in tow – and buy enough food to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week. If something’s on sale at the store, I count it as a bonus, but I never went with a purpose or plan – or with a goal of trying to save money. It was always get in, get out, and get with the day.

I decided to actually plan for my shopping trip after reading Stephanie Nelson’s book. I went to her site – couponmom.com – and printed off a ton of coupons. Literally. I couldn’t get the coupons to Red Plum to work, but I was still armed with pages and pages of coupons I had printed out.

receipt savingsI enlisted Ashley – my 12 year old – to help me cut out the coupons while I wrote up our shopping list. As she would cut out the coupons, I would decide if it was “list” worthy or not. If it was, I would add the item to my list and place the coupon in an envelope. I also went through the store’s weekly ad to see what items they would have on sale. After I had my entire list written up, I went through the envelope of coupons and sorted them in order of store aisles. (It helps to have a husband who worked the night shift stocking the shelves of our grocery store!)

All in all, it took me almost 2 hours to plan for this grocery shopping trip. That’s a long time for a busy mom. But, when I got to the checkout line, and the kid scanned in all of my coupons, I almost dropped to the floor. I saved $71.33 that that trip. Turns out that our local grocery store will double coupons automatically – and the more you spend, the more coupons they’ll double. Plus, I didn’t leave the store with a bunch of junk, either. I got plenty of food to feed my family for the week, and saved a ton of money in the process. I’m hooked!

Now, I’m not saying that I’m a coupon queen or anything. I still have a lot to learn. But, I have dog-eared a ton of pages in The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half that I’m constantly going back to. I will say that there is a lot of common sense information in the book, but sometimes we all need a refresher course. But, all in all, Stephanie Nelson gives clear, concise, easy-to-follow, and easy-to-practice information all throughout her book. And while some of her money-saving tips are never anything I’ll use, (like making my own yogurt – ick!), there are others in there that are really great. (I cleaned my oven in no time with baking soda thanks to her tips!)

I also loved that she has an entire chapter dedicated to saving on Organic Products. When I think of coupons, I think of junk or processed food. Stephanie gives real tips on how you can even save money on organic food – and they don’t all include growing it yourself. (Although she does mention that.) 🙂

Overall, this book is fabulous, and it is a resource that I will go back to time and time again. I have a feeling that as time goes on, and I study the book and the couponing process even more, I will be saving even more. (And hopefully it won’t take me 2 hours to write up my shopping list every time, either!) I’m giving The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half the 5 Vinez Monkeys Seal of Approval.


Want to try The Coupon Mom’s Guide for Yourself?
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Disclaimer:I was contacted by a representative of The Penguin Group on behalf of Stephanie Nelson and The Coupon Mom. They provided the free copy of the book for my honest and unbiased review, and will be fulfilling the winner’s book as well. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the free book in no way boosted my review. All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. Others may have different results or opinions after using this product.

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Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



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